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Should I remove Windows 8 Codec Pack?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
59% remove it41% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #14,320
United States Rank #15,684
Reach 0.0205%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 16.82 days
496.09 days >
Average installed length: 260.66 days


2.0.1 100.00%

Windows 8 Codec Pack 2.0.1

What is Windows 8 Codec Pack?

This software contains multiple media codecs. Note, the Windows 7 Codec Pack installed various adware including the SearchMe toolbar by Spigot during installation.

About  (from Cole Williams)

The Windows 8 Codec Pack supports almost every compression and file type used by modern video and audio files. A codec is a piece of software on either a device or computer capable of encoding and/or decoding video and/or audio data from files, streams and broadcasts. The word Codec is a portmanteau of 'compressor-deco...  Read more


During setup, the program registers itself to launch on boot through a Windows Schedule Task in order to automatically start-up. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software installer includes 21 files and is usually about 1.56 MB (1,634,623 bytes).
Windows 8 Codec Pack has been seen bundling various 3rd party software during the installation process. Make sure to check for and remove unused programs.

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: Windows 8 Codec Pack
URL: www.windows8codecs.com
Installation folder: C:\windows\syswow64\c2mp
Uninstaller: C:\windows\SysWOW64\C2MP\Uninst.exe
Estimated size: 1.56 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Windows 8 Codec Pack 2.0.1

  • CleanUp.exe
  • CleanUp_x64.exe
  • CodecSettings.exe
  • TrayMenu.exe
  • Uninst.exe
  • UpdateChecker.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks
  • UpdateChecker.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{BACB08CE-B207-4C5F-BA25-010F3D81D31D}' (runs on registration).
  • Uninst.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{92F4CEBD-A633-4D45-B78B-EA720AA6FA6F}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • TrayMenu.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named TrayMenu.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:2.3 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0004271846%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00022540%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00020179%
0.015104% average
Memory:11.96 MB
Total CPU:0.0000156498%
Kernel CPU:0.00001162%
User CPU:0.00000403%

How do I remove Windows 8 Codec Pack?

Quickly and completely remove Windows 8 Codec Pack 2.0.1 from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall Windows 8 Codec Pack from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Windows 8 Codec Pack 2.0.1, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Windows 8 Codec Pack.

Win 10 96%
Win XP 0%
Scheduled task? Yes
(Runs on Windows boot)
Uninstall it 59%
Keep it 41%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 95.97%
Windows 7 3.78%
Windows XP 0.25%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 8.1 36.27%
Windows 8.1 Pro 20.15%
Windows 8 Pro 7.56%
Windows 8 6.55%
Windows 8.1 Pro with Medi... 5.54%
Windows 10 Home 4.79%

Distribution by countryGeography

39.42% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 39.42%
  Italy 7.54%
  United Kingdom 5.84%
  Poland 5.35%
  Australia 3.89%
  Canada 3.16%
  Germany 2.68%
  Netherlands 2.19%
  Belgium 1.95%
  France 1.95%
  Sweden 1.95%
  South Africa 1.46%
  Mexico 1.22%
  Spain 1.22%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 25.94%
ASUS 19.17%
Dell 13.53%
Acer 12.41%
Lenovo 9.02%
Toshiba 7.52%
Intel 4.14%
Samsung 3.01%
MSI 0.75%
American Megatrends 0.38%
Common models
ASUSTeK K56CB 4.11%
Dell XPS 8700 2.05%
ASUSTeK S500CA 2.05%
ASUSTeK X550CC 2.05%
ASUS All Series 2.05%
Acer Aspire V3-771 2.05%


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