Windows 10 supports video files encoded using High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), also known as H.265 video. Microsoft charges for its official codecs and doesn’t include them in Windows 10. However, you can get them for free without withdrawing your credit card and spending $ 0.99.
How HEVC videos work on Windows 10
HEVC videos are becoming more popular. iPhones now record video in HEVC by default, and Blu-ray 4K UHD also uses HEVC.
These codecs will let you watch those videos on your PC, but they’re only needed for apps like Microsoft’s Movies & TV video player, including Windows 10 and other Windows apps that take advantage of the built-in codecs. in Windows.
For example, the popular third-party VLC video player, which includes built-in codecs. To play HEVC (H.265) videos in VLC, just install VLC and open them.
For built-in support, you’ll need codecs. These codecs are not included with the latest versions of Windows 10, but must be installed from the Microsoft Store. These codecs are also required to encode video in the HEVC (H.265) format in apps that use the Windows 10 system codec.
How to install codecs for free
There are actually two different codec packs that you can get from the Store. Both are identical, but one costs $ 0.99 and one is free.
If you search for HEVC on the Store, you’ll see a bundle of HEVC Video Extensions for $ 0.99. This fee may reflect the licensing costs for Microsoft’s codecs.
However, you can also get the HEVC Video Extensions from Device Manufacturer package for free. This is the same as the $ 0.99 plan, but completely free. Click on the link and choose Get to install them. It’s done!
This package appears to let computer manufacturers preinstall codecs on the PC. However, there’s nothing stopping anyone from installing these codecs on your system, you just need to follow the direct link to find them.
Security updates are also available on the Store
The Microsoft Store will automatically install security updates for these codecs just like updates to other bundled apps.
This surprised many people when Microsoft began distributing critical security updates for codecs through the Store on July 1, 2020. It did not adopt Windows Update like security patches. often.
We recommend that you make sure automatic app updates are enabled for security reasons. To do so, open Microsoft Store on Windows 10, click Menu > Settings and make sure Update Apps Automatically is set to On.