Codecs enable the Operating System to be able to play audio and video file formats that are not supported by the Operating System itself. Windows comes pre-installed with Windows Media Player which is the default media player in all editions of Windows. The problem with Windows Media Player is that it does not play all the media (audio and video) formats that are used in the wild.
Windows Media Codecs come into play in this situation. Windows Codes enable Windows Media Player to
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