Codecs For Windows® XP
Windows® XP codecs: Their need and role in Windows® XP.
Windows® XP is a very popular operating system. Microsoft® boosted the multimedia capabilities of computers with this OS. Windows® XP helps users play a wide variety of different formats of multimedia files. This kind of functionality was never present in any of their previous operating systems. Codecs are a set of programs that are capable of encoding or decoding a digital data stream. Codecs are vital for many media related needs. Codecs can shrink large movie files and make them playable on a computer. With newer and more complex types of formats of media coming up, keeping the codecs updated is essential for playing these files. Sending exceptionally large files is also made possible with codecs as they shrink the data and increase download/upload speed. Codecs should be always downloaded from reliable sources (Microsoft® original website recommended) as there are a number of malware agents on the Internet that provide codecs which have malicious content designed for harming the system.
The following details mentioned below give users more information regarding the role of codec installation on systems running on Windows® XP.
- Smoother playback
- Error free operation
- Need for converters eliminated
Installation of the latest codecs ensures that the playback on Windows® XP will be smoother. The audio/video output quality increases considerably. This is especially noted if the monitor supports high definition output. Smoother and continuous playback enhances the multimedia experience of the user.
Error free operation
Sometimes when playing certain media files on Windows® XP, users have noticed certain errors coming up. These errors are usually caused if the media file type is different from that supported by the player. Such errors can cause system freeze. Installing the latest codecs ensures that such errors will not occur and the system will function better.
Some media files cannot be played on some players in Windows® XP. They have to be converted to a playable format with the use of converters. Installing the latest codecs ensures that such converters are no longer required. This not only helps save system resources, but also eliminates the time consuming process of conversion.