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Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 3.6 [32-Bit]

What is Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack [32-Bit]?  (from Media Codec)

Windows Essentials Codec Pack is a collection of audio and video DirectShow codecs and filters. With Windows Essentials Codec Pack you should be able to play 99% of all movies and music files that you download off the Internet, stay up to date with the latest codecs with the Audio/Video Codec Update Service, and elimin...  Read more


Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 3.6 [32-Bit] is a software program developed by Media Codec. 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 setup package generally installs about 5 files and is usually about 20.2 MB (21,184,384 bytes). The installed file WECPUpdate.exe is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered. Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows XP. While about 45% of users of Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack [32-Bit] come from the United States, it is also popular in Brazil and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.mediacodec.org
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\essentials codec pack
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Essentials Codec Pack\uninst.exe
Estimated size: 20.2 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 3.6 [32-Bit]

  • uninst.exe
  • MediaRepair.exe - MediaRepair (WECP Media Codec Repair Tool)
  • mplayerc.exe (by [email protected]) - Media Player Classic - Homecinema
  • VSFilter.dll (by Gabest) - VSFilter (VobSub & TextSub filter for DirectShow/VirtualDub/Avisynth)
  • WECPUpdate.exe - Auto Update (WECP Auto Update Service)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Autoplay Handler
  • mplayerc.exe is registered as an AutoPlay event handler named 'MPCPlayVideoFilesOnArrival' with the ProgID of 'MediaPlayerClassic.Autorun' and the action verb 'PlayVideoFiles.
Scheduled Task
  • WECPUpdate.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{FA24F424-9F59-44EE-9219-BB87CF81C2C3}' (runs on registration).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:6.26 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0018774473%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00137216%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00050529%
0.015104% average

How do I remove Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack [32-Bit]?

Quickly and completely remove Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 3.6 [32-Bit] from your computer by downloading Reason's ‘Should I Remove It?’ (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack [32-Bit] 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 Essentials Media Codec Pack 3.6 [32-Bit], 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 Essentials Media Codec Pack [32-Bit].

Win 7 (SP1) 37%
Win XP 1%
Uninstall it 10%
Keep it 90%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 43.40%
Windows XP 30.19%
Windows Vista 23.58%
Windows 10 2.83%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 30.48%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 17.14%
Windows 7 Ultimate 14.29%
Windows 7 Home Premium 12.38%
Windows 7 Professional 11.43%
Windows Vista Home Basic 3.81%

Distribution by countryGeography

44.96% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 44.96%
  Brazil 10.08%
  United Kingdom 6.20%
  Australia 3.88%
  Canada 3.88%
  Israel 3.88%
  Japan 3.88%
  Mexico 2.33%
  Argentina 1.55%
  Germany 1.55%
  Spain 1.55%
  Indonesia 1.55%
  Malaysia 1.55%
  Portugal 1.55%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 25.37%
Acer 20.90%
Hewlett-Packard 16.42%
American Megatrends 10.45%
Toshiba 5.97%
ASUS 4.48%
Samsung 4.48%
Intel 2.99%
Compaq 1.49%
Apple 1.49%
Common models
Dell Inspiron 1501 2.41%
Gigabyte X58A-UD3R 2.41%
Gigabyte G41MT-S2P 2.41%
Positivo Positivo Mobile 2.41%
HP-Pavilion RQ449AA-ABG m... 2.41%
ZMAX ZMAX I3000 1.20%

About (from Media Codec)

Windows Essentials Codec Pack, or WECP for short, is one of the most comprehensive collection of Media Codecs, Filters, Splitters and other tools that will enable you to play 99% of all the movies, music and flash files you download off the internet.
Publisher URL: www.mediacodec.org


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