Install VLC Media Player on Windows 7

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Hello and welcome to VisiHow. Today I'm going to show you how to install VLC Player. VLC Player is a wonderful free piece of software that allows you to watch virtually any media content. It has all the drivers that a number of other media player software don't have. Sometimes you want to watch a file in Windows Media Player it won't play the sound, or it will play the sound but not the visuals, because it doesn't have the correct drivers. VLC often has almost everything you'll need, and it really is one of the best platforms with which to view and use media content.

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Steps

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    First, we're going to type in Install VLC Player into Google.
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    What comes up is VideoLAN.org.
    VideoLAN is the website you want to use, it is the official page for VLC Player. You have to be careful downloading from some sites as they may contain virus's. Download.cnet.com is also a very good website to use. Click on VideoLAN.org
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    Here we have a "Download VLC".
    VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.
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    If we scroll down we have some more information.
    It's completely free, no spyware, no ads and no user tracking. That's one of the great things about it.
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    Click Download VLC.
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    Wait 5 seconds for your download to start.
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    Here it comes up at the bottom, "Do you want to run or save?" We're going to Run.
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    Now it's downloading and it will take a couple of minutes.
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    The download is now complete and the browser will run a security scan.
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    If you get this pop up select Yes.
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    Now the Setup is loading, unpacking data.
    This is a very simple process, soon it will ask you to choose a language and then click install and that will be the entire process.
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    Here we can select Next.
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    There's an older version on VLC on my computer, so I will upgrade using previous settings.
    If this is a new install for you, choose the recommended setting. Click next.
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    This process may also take some time.
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    VLC media player has been installed on this computer.
    Click Finish.
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    Now it should bring up the VLC Player and we can take a look at it.
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    Here we have VLC Player, we can add media to it or you can simply click on media in the file browser and open it here by clicking "Open With".
    To open media in VLC just right click the mouse, hover onto Open Media and choose the type of media you would like.
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    This is how to install VLC Player.
    If you have any questions about VLC Player leave them in the section below. This is VisiHow, goodbye.
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Questions and Answers

Why does the unpacking stage freeze?

During the unpacking stage after I check yes to authorize download. the unpacking stage goes to 12% and then freezes.. I have tried: Downloading several times and looking for answers on the internet

Here are some tips that might help you.

  • Disable your resident antivirus when installing the software.
  • Close all of the programs on the background.
  • Check if there is enough free space on all of the disk drives.
  • Check if the TEMP directory is set correctly. Press the Windows and "Pause - Break" buttons together. Click "Advanced system settings". Click "Environment variables..." Check that you have both TEMP and TMP variables set to valid drives and folders.
  • You have to be administrator on your computer, so right-click the downloaded file and choose "Run as administrator".
  • If you are in a corporate domain, then you may need to ask the computer administrator to install it for your profile.
  • Navigate to the VLC download Web page and click the arrow next to "Download VLC". Choose "Zip package". When you have downloaded the file, just unpack it to a folder and run the "vlc.exe" file.
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