Vista Codec Package is a free codec pack (freeware) for Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows NT that intends to solve this problem. With Vista Codec Pack package installed, you won’t need to install any other codec or filter.
The codec pack combines all the best and popular codecs available in the world. The author also tracks down the latest updates to the codecs used in the pack, and tests their functionality before been updated and included in the package, plus resolve all possible conflicts.
Beside, while compile all codecs into a single pack, default settings are implemented.
The official change log for version 4.6.0 is as follows:
- fix explorer crash when viewing thumbnails
- allow extra thumbnails to be deselected
- update ffdshow to rev 1890
- update DirectVobSub to 2.3.8 rev 42
- relocate VSFilter to system32 [fix for non-english systems]
- minor changes and script cleanup
You may download this updated version here