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Automatically Install Codecs in Windows Media Player
A codec (Compression/Decompression) is used to compress audio and video files, so they can be downloaded more quickly from the web. You can use a program, such as Windows Media Player, to install codecs automatically and minimize codec errors. You will need to be connected to the Internet for the automatic updates to run.
The following software tutorial applies to Windows 7, but the instructions are similar for other versions of Windows as well.
- Open Windows Media Player and right-click on the toolbar. Then select "Tools" and "Options."
- Select the "Players" tab in the "Options" dialog box.
- Go to the "Automatic updates" section, then choose how often you want to check for updates--once a day, once a week, or once a month. Then press "OK."