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For which codecs/containers does Windows Media Player now have inbuilt support with Windows 8?

Do I still need to download and install something like K-Lite with Windows 8, or have they bundled codecs in to play the myriad of media types on the web? (.mkv, xvid, h264, etc.)

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marked as duplicate by Journeyman Geek, slhck Nov 2 '12 at 9:12

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.mkv is not a codec, it's a container. –  akira Nov 2 '12 at 9:10

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The best overview to this question is http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2012/06/08/building-a-rich-and-extensible-media-platform.aspx:

"Formats popular among the enthusiast community or with specific developers such as FLAC, MKV, and OGG, can have their own CODECs packaged as part of a Metro style app, since the Windows 8 media platform is highly extensible."

So, to play "everything" you still have to install individual codecs or packs.

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