Install VLC Media Player on Windows 7

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Install VLC Media Player on Windows 7 and enjoy one of the best free video/audio players out there! VLC Player is an excellent piece of free software that allows you to play virtually any media file type, including MKV. 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 video because it doesn't have the correct codecs. VLC often has almost everything you'll need, and it's genuinely one of the best platforms with which to view and listen to media content.

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Download and Install VLC Media Player on Windows 7

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    Go to VLC's Windows download page, then click the Download VLC button.
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    Click Save File.
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    Go to your Downloads folder, right-click the vlc installer, then click Run as administrator.
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    Click Yes when the UAC pop-up appears.
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    Select your preferred language, then click OK.
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  6. 6
    Click Next.
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    Review the License Agreement, then click Next.
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    Select the type of installation (recommended), then click Next.
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    Deselect any item you wish to leave out of the installation (advanced users).
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    Click Install
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    To change the default installation directory, click Browse, then navigate to a different folder.
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    Once the Installation is complete, click Finish
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    To use VLC right away, ensure Run VLC Media Player is checked.
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    To watch a video or listen to music, click Media', then click Open File
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    Browse to and open the file or files you wish to play.
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    Once a media file (video or audio) is open, all the controls (play/pause, skip, view, eq, shuffle, etc.) are pinned to the bottom by default.
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    Roll your mouse wheel to control the volume when the cursor is in the lower right corner.
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    For more options and controls, right-click inside the viewing area to launch the menu.
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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 an 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, unpack it to a folder and run the "vlc.exe" file.
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