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How to install HEVC Codecs for free in Windows 10

Windows 10 boasts the remarkable ability to seamlessly handle video files encoded with High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), commonly known as H.265 video.

Nevertheless, Microsoft’s official codecs for HEVC come at a cost and are not bundled with Windows 10.

How to install HEVC Codecs for free in Windows 10

Fortunately, you can acquire these invaluable codecs free of charge, sparing you from any financial burden.

HEVC video has gained significant traction, evident in the default video recording format for iPhones and the adoption of HEVC in 4K UHD Blu-rays.

While these codecs enable seamless playback of such videos on your PC, their indispensability is limited to specific applications like Microsoft’s Movies & TV video player, bundled with Windows 10, and other Windows-based software relying on the integrated codecs.

To ensure optimal compatibility, the installation of these codecs is imperative if you require built-in support. It’s worth noting that the latest iterations of Windows 10 no longer include these codecs by default, necessitating their installation from the Microsoft Store.

Moreover, these codecs play a crucial role in encoding videos in the HEVC (H.265) format within applications leveraging Windows 10’s system codecs.

How to install HEVC codecs?

One way to obtain the necessary HEVC codecs is by downloading the free “HEVC Video Extensions from Device Manufacturer” package from the Microsoft Store.

However, if you want to skip this hustle-bustle, simply install VLC player – or any other video player that supports H.265 video streaming.


  1. Is VLC Media Player free?
    Yes, it is free and available for all platforms.
  2. What is the latest Windows version?
    Windows 11

Altaf Alihttps://jhangtv.com/
Professional blogger with 12 years of experience

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