K-Lite Codec Pack 10 ships with unified installer

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 15, 2013
Music and Video

I cannot really recall the last time I installed a codec pack on one of my PCs. Codec packs add a large number of media codecs, audio and video, to the system so that all programs on the system can use them to play multimedia contents.

This is important for programs that do not come with their own set of binary codecs or lack codecs that you need to play media files. This includes Windows Media Player for example, which cannot play many popular formats out of the box.

Critics of codec packs believe that this is overkill, considering that you may only need a single codec to play all media files that you own, while a codec pack may install dozens of them on your system that you never make use of.

One of the most popular codec packs around is the K-Lite Codec Pack. It is available in various editions, Basic, Standard, Full and Mega that all built up on each other. Up until now, you had to select one of the available editions and whether you needed the 32-bit or 64-bit version. The latter is a thing of the past with today's update to K-Lite Codec Pack 10.0.

All editions of the codec pack ship with unified 32-bit and 64-bit installers so that you only need to make up your mind on the edition that you want to install.

K-Lite Codec Pack comparison

Basic ships with support for a variety of media formats including avi, mkv, flv, flac, ogm and more.

Standard includes everything that basic has to offer plus the tools Media Player Classic Home Cinema, MadVR and MediaInfo Lite

Full includes everything that standard offers plus GraphStudioNext and a couple of additional Directshow filters such as ffdshow and Haali Media Splitter.

Mega includes everything that full has to offer plus AC3Filter, several ACM and VFW codes and a few extra tools.


I suggest you select Advanced Mode during installation as it provides you with customization options that the other modes do not provide you with.

k-lite codec pack

install codecs


Alternatives depend primarily on the program you are using or want to use. If you are flexible in regards to that, I would suggest you switch to either VLC Media Player or SMPlayer as they both ship with their own codec sets so that you can play virtually all media formats right out of the box.

If you want to use a program like Windows Media Player, then your best option is to install codecs individually. Use a program like Video Inspector to find out which codecs are missing and install only those on your system.

Closing Words

The new setup should make it easier for users to pick the right version for their operating system.


Tutorials & Tips

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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source – WorthyTricks.co.cc

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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