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A question for those who know much from one who knows little. I noticed while perusing filehippo that a free download was available called k-lite mega codec pack and another called k-lite codec pack (full). I have xp pro sp3 with windows media player 11 and power dvd. Is this something I could use to enhance these programs or a waste of time? Thanks in advance for any and all help.
The K-Lite codec pack exists in different packages. They provide codecs that are sometimes needed to play specific audio or video files. They do not enhance the performance of your media players, they make certain files "readable/playable". If you are able to play all required files, no need to download K-Lite codec pack.
I'm cautious of all "codec packs" since malicious codecs are rampant on the internet. The question to be asked is: have you come across any media files which you haven't been able to play? If not, then you don't need any more codecs. If you have, then I'd recommend getting VLC Media player instead since it plays pretty much everything and is 100% clean and pure.
Note: I'm not saying that this particular codec pack is malicious. Not at all. One of its mirrors is on Major Geeks, a reputable site where it has received high ratings. Nevertheless, if you don't have media files that won't play, no need to bother with more codecs.