A lot of Web sites these days require you to use the Windows Media Player program for playing audio and video content that is actually embedded on the site. Now, if a user is using Internet Explorer, this works flawlessly, most of the time. However, the real problem arises when accessing that kind of content on a non-Microsoft browser. You know, like the ever popular Mozilla Firefox, for instance.

Standard Windows Media Player plug-in files are included with most of the Windows operating systems and they are usually automatically detected by the Firefox browser. However, in Vista and at times on some of the other Windows systems, the files are missing. This means that if you access any Web sites that have embedded multimedia content, you will receive an error that tells you it’s a case of an invalid or missing plug-in. You will then be instructed to reinstall Windows Media Player, which still doesn’t solve your problem. More »

Sometimes playing videos on your PC isn’t easy, particularly when they have been downloaded off the internet. This is normally because your PC doesn’t have the necessary codecs installed to play the video file in question. Codecs and DirectShow filters are needed for encoding and decoding (playing) audio and video formats.

The quickest way to ensure that your PC can play all video files is to install the K-Lite Codec Pack. The K-Lite Code Pack is a collection of almost every codec under the sun, that will allow you to play all your video and audio files. More »