Installing Media Player Classic - A step by step guide

I've had a few people ask me for directions on setting up Media Player Classic (MPC) as the default media player, so here are the steps I take to set it up for myself.  These instructions assume you have already downloaded it from the download link provided here.

  1. MPC is a portable application, so it doesn't need to go through a typical installation.  It can simply be copied to a folder on your PC and run fine from there.  I installed mine to c:\program files\media player classic. I manually created the directory and copied the program there.

  2. Open MPC and click on View > Options, then click on the section entitled, "Formats".

  3. Click the "All" button to make MPC the default player for all media types.  You can then close that section and close the program if you wish.

  4. At this point, MPC will play DVD's MP3's and a few other media types, but to get maximum functionality, you will need to download a codec pack and run its installation.  For more information about codecs, including what they do, legal issues and download links, see the article, "Understanding Codecs".

  5. At this point you could stop here and play 95% of the media out there, but if you really want to push the functionality of MPC, read on.  You can make MPC play RealPlayer  and QuickTime streaming audio and video.  If you have these programs installed on your system already, MPC will use them for playing your streaming media automatically with no changes to your existing MPC settings.  If you don't have them (Or don't want them) you can install "Real Alternative" and "Quicktime Alternative" codec packs.  These will allow you to view those streaming media types without installing RealPlayer or QuickTime.  Also, you can play ShoutCast streaming audio by installing the "WinAmp Alternative" codec.  Remember, RealAlternative, Quicktime Alternative and Winamp Alternative will install MPC if you are not careful. During the installation, you can specify not to install MPC and just install the codecs. 

You should now be all set at this point. Most every media should play through MPC and it will automatically use any codecs you have installed.




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by poshkin-trim (not verified) on 4. September 2012 - 14:40  (98751)

Works like a charm when downloaded from the link provided on the 1st paragraph! Thanks!!!

by shakawat (not verified) on 14. December 2011 - 11:55  (84997)

I Favorite Media player classic

by DiabyAfif (not verified) on 11. September 2011 - 15:05  (79421)

I have one question here. My sister laptop also have MPC and so do I. But her MPC is diffrent. For her MPC, to played the video just d-click the video then its automaticallty working. But my MPC from my laptop need to click the files, choose which video i want then click open then the video is started. Its annyoing for me. So its there need to install something? or change a settings? I hope you will help me thanks. Sorry for my english.

by Amarjeet... :) (not verified) on 27. June 2011 - 15:04  (74405)

Is there equilizer or random playback option is available in mpc...???

by jeb (not verified) on 27. June 2011 - 15:20  (74406)

There is a way to ramdomize the playlist:

1) Click "View > Playlist" to bring up the playlist.
2) Right click the playlist and click on "Randomize".

As far as I know there is no way to view or add an equalizer in MPC.

by Barbs (not verified) on 17. February 2011 - 1:29  (66573)

This is a simple, clear set of instructions from someone who knows, as opposed to many many other pages that simply get it wrong or don't know.
MPC is still the best, VLC is also good but you can minimise MPC skin right down and resize the frame / aspect using padkeys.
For flv etc thumbs, and a complete codec array, install the K-Lite codec pack (full) and use custom install.

Thanks for posting this, very helpful!

by Anomymous (not verified) on 13. February 2011 - 14:55  (66353)

Thumbnails for FLV files still don't work although WMPClasic does play them (most of them).

by walter schwarz (not verified) on 7. February 2011 - 0:57  (65951)

i already have a media player for xp but it keeps teling me to insall to play dvd

by MidnightCowboy on 7. February 2011 - 5:36  (65962)

So are you able to play DVD with what you have already? If so and this message keeps appearing it could be one of two things. You may have a system error or possibly you've downloaded a "scamware" file from somewhere which gives a message like "you need xyz media player to play this file". In any case, if you don't have them already, I would install and scan with both Malwarebytes and HitmanPro. This will ensure that your computer has not been infected. If you are presently not able to play DVD then try installing either PotPlayer or VLC which play almost every format out of the box.

by Anonymous on 25. February 2010 - 16:27  (44470)

How to copy MPC codec from one pc to another without installing setup file?

by Anupam on 25. February 2010 - 18:05  (44481)

You can't. What is the problem with installing MPC on another PC?

by Anonymous on 1. September 2009 - 17:19  (31991)

How do I upgrade to the newer version of MPC? I have an older version and it doesnt have the option for upgrade. I downloaded and installed the new version (a zip file) and dragged the .exe onto the desktop. So now there are 2 MPCs on my desktop. How do I also uninstall the old version and not screwing up the codec packs? Thanks.

by Anupam on 1. September 2009 - 17:28  (31992)

Just delete it, no uninstallation required :).

Anupam Shriwatri

by joe.bennett on 3. September 2009 - 2:20  (32071)

Just replace the old .exe file with the new one and you should be all set.

by chilakapati cha... on 16. July 2009 - 12:59  (25192)

please send all auidio & vidio convertion for home use

by FrankO on 16. July 2009 - 13:50  (25193)

You may want to look at the article: Best Free Audio / Video Format Conversion Program.

by Anonymous on 13. June 2009 - 15:11  (23782)


by Anonymous on 8. April 2009 - 9:24  (19521)

Great article. But I have a couple of questions. I am currently using Powerdvd 9 and want to also play MKV. Ive been told that this is not possible. So I am intending to utilize MPC for MKV. However when I install MPC it alters my settings in Powerdvd and screws up all my codecs. Is there a way to install MPC without affecting Powerdvd. If so, could you explain?


by joe.bennett on 9. April 2009 - 14:19  (19584)

MPC by itself doesn't install any codecs because it is not put on your system by an installer. It is simply copied to a folder on your hard drive and run. Unless you are installing a codec pack, I don't see how it could screw up any codec settings or PowerDVD settings.

by Anonymous on 11. March 2009 - 13:37  (17614)

I installed it but it won't play mp3 files. It gives me this message. Can you help me please?

MPEG-1 Audio Decoder::Out
Audio Switcher::Out

Media Type 0:
Audio: PCM 44100Hz stereo 1411Kbps

majortype: MEDIATYPE_Audio {73647561-0000-0010-8000-00AA00389B71}
subtype: MEDIASUBTYPE_PCM {00000001-0000-0010-8000-00AA00389B71}
formattype: FORMAT_WaveFormatEx {05589F81-C356-11CE-BF01-00AA0055595A}
bFixedSizeSamples: 1
bTemporalCompression: 0
lSampleSize: 1
cbFormat: 18

wFormatTag: 0x0001
nChannels: 2
nSamplesPerSec: 44100
nAvgBytesPerSec: 176400
nBlockAlign: 4
wBitsPerSample: 16
cbSize: 0 (extra bytes)

0000: 01 00 02 00 44 ac 00 00 10 b1 02 00 04 00 10 00 ....D¬...±......
0010: 00 00 ..

by Anonymous on 25. January 2009 - 23:12  (14690)

How can I burn c.d's with Media Player Classic?

by joe.bennett on 26. January 2009 - 4:09  (14697)

MPC does not have the ability to burn music CD's. It is strictly a media player.

by Anonymous on 16. December 2009 - 7:20  (38789)

why doesn't it have any ability to burn CD through files from my folder?? my videos are all from windows media player classic and if i change to windows media player. it will have a ' audio codec is needed to open this file.. and wat should i do now. i can't burn the cd!!

by Anupam on 16. December 2009 - 7:39  (38790)

If a software does not have the ability, it just does not have it. There is no question of why? Sheesh... ask the developers.

What format are your audio files in? What is their extension? If WMP is not able to play the files, some codecs would be required by the player to be able to play the files.

If you want to burn the files to CD, and make an audio CD, then you can achieve that with CD/DVD burner softwares like BurnAware Free, InfraRecorder, CDBurnerXP etc. They will make an audio CD with MP3, or WAV files.

So, first find out what types of audio files do you have. You can take help of MediaInfo for that.

by joe.bennett on 5. January 2009 - 2:40  (13130)

Streaming content played within your browser is handled by the Windows Media Player Plug-in Dynamic Link Library (npdsplay.dll). This dll makes all the necessary calls to WMP to play streaming media.

I know of no corresponding dll file for MPC that does the same thing, though I have heard that VLC player has such a dll file that gets intsalled for just such a purpose.


by Anonymous on 4. January 2009 - 19:41  (13116)

How do you setup MPC to play streaming content within your web browser? I have completely removed WMP from my system and need MPC to be used as the alternative. Please and thanks.

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