InstalledCodec v1.30 - Disable/enable codec drivers and DirectShow filters
Copyright (c) 2007 - 2013 Nir Sofer

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Description

InstalledCodec is a small utility displays the list of all Codec drivers and DirectShow filters currently installed on your system. For each component the following information is displayed: Display Name, Type, Disabled Status, Installed/Modified Time, Description, Company Name, Filename, and more...
It allows you to easily disable or enable any Codec/DirectShow component or export the list into text/xml/html file.

Versions History

  • Version 1.30:
    • Added 'Auto Size Columns+Headers' option.
    • Added 64-bit build.
  • Version 1.25:
    • Added 'Show Time In GMT' option.
    • Added 'Add Header Line To CSV/Tab-Delimited File' option. When this option is turned on, the column names are added as the first line when you export to csv or tab-delimited file.
    • Added 'Mark Odd/Even Rows' option, under the View menu. When it's turned on, the odd and even rows are displayed in different color, to make it easier to read a single line.
  • Version 1.20:
    • Added /enable and /disable command-line options, which allow you to disable/enable Codec drivers and DirectShow filters from command-line.
  • Version 1.15:
    • Added 'x64 Mode' in the Options menu (for x64 systems only). When this option is checked, InstalledCodec displays the 64-bit filters/drivers.
    • Added more command-line options.
  • Version 1.10:
    • Added 'File Created Time' and 'File Modified Time' columns.
    • Added sorting command-line options.
  • Version 1.06:
    • Added 'Explorer Copy' option - Allows you to copy the selected files and then paste them into a folder in Explorer.
  • Version 1.05:
    • Added 'Filename Only' column.
    • Added 'Open In RegEdit' option.
  • Version 1.02 - Fixed bug: The main window lost the focus when the user switched to another application and then returned back to InstalledCodec.
  • Version 1.01 - Added support for saving as comma-delimited text file.
  • Version 1.00 - First release.

System Requirements

This utility works with any version of Windows, starting from Windows 2000 and up to Windows 8. Both 32-bit and 64-bit systems are supported.
For older versions of Windows (Windows 98/ME), you can use the old version of this utility - MMCompView

Locations In the Registry

InstalledCodec extract the information from 2 places in the Registry:
  • The Codec drivers list is loaded from HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Drivers32
  • The DirectShow filters list is loaded from HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{083863F1-70DE-11d0-BD40-00A0C911CE86}\Instance

Using InstalledCodec

InstalledCodec doesn't require any installation process or additional DLL files. Just copy the executable file (InstalledCodec.exe) to any folder you like, and run it.
The main window of InstalledCodec displays the list of all Codec drivers and DirectShow filters. You can easily select one or more components, and then disable or enable them, export the information into text/xml/html file, or copy the information to the clipboard, and then paste it to Excel or OpenOffice spreadsheet.

Disable/Enable Codec drivers and DirectShow filters

If you install multiple Codec packages and other multimedia software on the same computer, you might find out that some multimedia files are not played properly as before. This problem is occurred if Windows Media Player (or any other player) uses the codec or filter of the newly installed multimedia software. If you install a new Codec package and something goes wrong, you can try to fix the problem disabling the newly installed components. To easily find out the newly installed components, try to click the 'Installed/Modfied Time' column, the components list will be sorted by installation time, and then you'll find most of the newly installed Codec or DirectShow filters in the end of the list.

Command-Line Options

/stext <Filename> Save the list of all Codec drivers and filters into a regular text file.
/stab <Filename> Save the list of all Codec drivers and filters into a tab-delimited text file.
/scomma <Filename> Save the list of all Codec drivers and filters into a comma-delimited text file.
/stabular <Filename> Save the list of all Codec drivers and filters into a tabular text file.
/shtml <Filename> Save the list of all Codec drivers and filters into HTML file (Horizontal).
/sverhtml <Filename> Save the list of all Codec drivers and filters into HTML file (Vertical).
/sxml <Filename> Save the list of all Codec drivers and filters to XML file.
/sort <column> This command-line option can be used with other save options for sorting by the desired column. If you don't specify this option, the list is sorted according to the last sort that you made from the user interface. The <column> parameter can specify the column index (0 for the first column, 1 for the second column, and so on) or the name of the column, like "Type" and "Display Name". You can specify the '~' prefix character (e.g: "~Display Name") if you want to sort in descending order. You can put multiple /sort in the command-line if you want to sort by multiple columns.

Examples:
InstalledCodec.exe /shtml "f:\temp\codec.html" /sort 2 /sort ~1
InstalledCodec.exe /shtml "f:\temp\codec.html" /sort "Type" /sort "Display Name"

/nosort When you specify this command-line option, the list will be saved without any sorting.
/ShowDirectShowFilters <0 | 1> Specifies whether to show DirectShow filters. 0 = No, 1 = Yes.
/ShowVideoDrivers <0 | 1> Specifies whether to show video drivers. 0 = No, 1 = Yes.
/ShowAudioDrivers <0 | 1> Specifies whether to show audio drivers. 0 = No, 1 = Yes.
/Modex64 <0 | 1> x64 Mode - only for x64 systems. 0 = No, 1 = Yes.
/disable <Name> Disable Codec driver or DirectShow filter. The name parameter specifies the item that you want to disable. For DirectShow filter, you should specify the value displayed under the CLSID column. For Codec driver, you should specify the value displayed under the Driver Key column.

For example:
InstalledCodec.exe /disable {CD8743A1-3736-11D0-9E69-00C04FD7C15B}
InstalledCodec.exe /disable VIDC.I420

/enable <Name> Enable Codec driver or DirectShow filter. The name parameter specifies the item that you want to enable. For DirectShow filter, you should specify the value displayed under the CLSID column. For Codec driver, you should specify the value displayed under the Driver Key column.

For example:
InstalledCodec.exe /enable {CD8743A1-3736-11D0-9E69-00C04FD7C15B}
InstalledCodec.exe /enable VIDC.I420

Translating InstalledCodec to other languages

In order to translate InstalledCodec to other language, follow the instructions below:
  1. Run InstalledCodec with /savelangfile parameter:
    InstalledCodec.exe /savelangfile
    A file named InstalledCodec_lng.ini will be created in the folder of InstalledCodec utility.
  2. Open the created language file in Notepad or in any other text editor.
  3. Translate all string entries to the desired language. Optionally, you can also add your name and/or a link to your Web site. (TranslatorName and TranslatorURL values) If you add this information, it'll be used in the 'About' window.
  4. After you finish the translation, Run InstalledCodec, and all translated strings will be loaded from the language file.
    If you want to run InstalledCodec without the translation, simply rename the language file, or move it to another folder.

License

This utility is released as freeware. You are allowed to freely distribute this utility via floppy disk, CD-ROM, Internet, or in any other way, as long as you don't charge anything for this. If you distribute this utility, you must include all files in the distribution package, without any modification !

Disclaimer

The software is provided "AS IS" without any warranty, either expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. The author will not be liable for any special, incidental, consequential or indirect damages due to loss of data or any other reason.

Feedback

If you have any problem, suggestion, comment, or you found a bug in my utility, you can send a message to nirsofer@yahoo.com
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InstalledCodec is also available in other languages. In order to change the language of InstalledCodec, download the appropriate language zip file, extract the 'installedcodec_lng.ini', and put it in the same folder that you Installed InstalledCodec utility.

LanguageTranslated ByDateVersion
Brazilian PortuguesePaulo Guzmn 09/07/2012 
CzechElvis 03/03/2009 
DutchJan Verheijen 29/07/20131.30
French papoo 29/04/20091.06
Galician Xos Antn Vicente Rodrguez 10/05/2008 
German Latino auf WinTotal.de 28/07/20131.30
Greek geogeo.gr 23/05/20111.25
HungarianSzalayZ 31/07/2013v1.30
ItalianFabio Mastroianni 23/07/2008 
Italian Michele C 30/03/2011 
JapaneseGuillaume Proux 03/05/2010 
Korean  11/05/2012 
PolishAlgernon NS 05/07/2009 
Romanian Jaff (Oprea Nicolae) 29/07/20131.30
Russiansolokot 13/04/2011 
Simplified Chineserenda 12/10/2009 
Simplified Chinese ?? King 25/07/2008 
Slovaksklado 10/10/2009 
Spanishfmartinezbello 08/03/2008 
SwedishLeif Larsson 01/02/2008 
Traditional Chinese khiav 22/10/2007 
Traditional Chinese o King 25/07/2008 
ThaiԷ 25/03/2008 
TurkishHARUN ARI 10/07/20111.25
Valencian vjatv 31/01/2008