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Ever since XP times powerusers have learned to try to keep the installed codecs up to date.
I personally used the k-lite codec pack for fresh system installs.

Ever since Windows 7 it seems like things have changed in the codec world. I don't remember if I had any trouble viewing video files without a codec installation.
This question basically answers some part of my question: Is there still need for codecs in Windows 7?

Now have things changed in Windows 8 with respect to DivX embedded support?

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Why don't you try without and see how that goes? I haven't used a codec pack for windows since XP-SP3 came out. (but then I use vlc & mplayer) –  Nifle Aug 24 '12 at 4:47

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