How to reset windows media player codecs

Written by greg burosh
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No matter what version of Windows Media Player you have, a plethora of codecs are factory installed to allow you to play various file types. Installing third-party codecs will allow you to play other file types, but they may also affect the performance of Windows Media Player. There is no way to click a button and reset the codecs, but you can restore the default codecs by accessing the programs window and removing them individually.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Click the "Start" button in Windows XP and click "Control Panel." Double-click "Add or Remove Programs."

    Click the "Windows" logo in Vista and Windows 7. Type "Programs" in the "Start Search" box and hit "Enter." Click "Programs and Features" in the results area.

  2. 2

    Scroll down the list and click on anything with "Codec" or "Codec Pack" in the title. Click "Uninstall" to remove the codec.

  3. 3

    Restart your computer when all codecs have been removed. The Windows Media Player will be reset to the default codecs.

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