How do I download a MP4 codec for media player, I'm running windows XP Home. PLEASE?

How do I download a MP4 codec for media player, I'm running windows XP Home. PLEASE?
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How do I download a MP4 codec for media player, I'm running windows XP Home. PLEASE?
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Long answer...good luck...

The following decoder might be your fix but it is not freeware.

(FWIW...it's always a good idea to create a System
Restore point before installing software or updates)

3ivx decoder
http://store.3ivx.com/3ivxStore/product_details.php?id=11

Anyway...the following article may be worth a look:

(316992) Windows Media Player multimedia file formats
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/316992/en-us
>scroll waaay down to MPEG-4 (.mp4)<

Alternative free media players that should play the files:

(FWIW...it's always a good idea to create a System
Restore point before installing software or updates)

VLC Media Player (32-bit Version)
http://www.filehippo.com/download_vlc_32/
(runs on XP/Vista/7/8)
(the filename to download is : vlc-2.0.5-win32.exe)

(FWIW...it's always a good idea to create a System
Restore point before installing software or updates)

VLC Media Player (64-bit Version)
http://www.filehippo.com/download_vlc_64/
(runs on XP/Vista/7/8)
(the filename to download is : vlc-2.0.5-win64.exe)

(FWIW...it's always a good idea to create a System
Restore point before installing software or updates)

Media Player Classic Home Cinema
http://www.videohelp.com/tools/Media-Player-Classic-Home-Cinema
(Win XP SP3 3, Vista / 7 / 8 (with some issues on 8).
Both 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64)) (The filename to
download is :"mplayerc_homecinema.1.6.5.6366.x86.exe)
(begin by left clicking  - Download (direct link)

And maybe it would be worth a try to download
and install 'one' of the following free codec packs:

*Proceed At Your Own Risk*

(FWIW...it's always a good idea to create a System
Restore point before installing software or updates)

K-Lite Codec Pack (Full)
http://www.filehippo.com/download_klite_codec_pack/
(Windows XP - Vista - 7)

(FWIW...it's always a good idea to create a System
Restore point before installing software or updates)

Vista Codec Package
http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=5326
(Windows XP / Vista)

Personally I would eliminate the compatibility
issues and convert the MP4 files to the WMV
format. One reason being...if the files are shared
with anyone...they will encounter the same problems.

There are many converters both retail and freeware
available on the net...the following link is just one
example.

***Proceed At Your Own Risk***

(FWIW...it's always a good idea to create a System
Restore point before installing software or updates)

Freemake Free Video Converter (freeware)
http://www.freemake.com/free_video_converter/
(Windows XP / Vista / 7)
(***Carefully read *all* the install screens...there
may be some items you want to uncheck***)
.......Volunteer J - MS-MVP......
.....This Is Not Tech Support....
***Proceed at your own risk***

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