Windows 10: HEVC-Codec optional since Creators Update (1709)

Microsoft made the HEVC-Codec optional since Build 1709 which means if you want to use the codec you have to manual install it. This can be done through the Windows Store. This is a pain in the ass because since it isn’t pre-installed a lot of applications may have trouble, like Netflix or applications which are depending on the codec.

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H.264 Vs. HEVC (Picture Source: Coconut)

However Netflix still works with Edge (in 4K) but for old MPEG-2 encoded movies or new HEVC related material you have to manually install it. At least both of the codecs are free available. DVD-playback is under Windows 8/10 not free, you have to pay 15€.

Personally I think this has to do something with license reasons but there is no official statement why Microsoft decided make this step. This definitely cries for a mod or repack to integrate the mentioned codec’s in Windows back again, maybe I’ll make a guide about it – let me know if you’re interested.

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2 thoughts on “Windows 10: HEVC-Codec optional since Creators Update (1709)

  1. i do not stream but i do download hevc movies & i use mpc-hc to watch them…it is a shame the mpc-hc project was abandoned…mpc-be is not a replacement i.m.h.o.

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