How to Install Microsoft MPEG-1 (50)

by Rob Kemmett

Codecs are software used to compress and decompress media files, including songs and movies. Codecs are essential when using media playing programs, including Windows Media Player, as the codecs are needed to perform tasks such as showing video on a computer's monitor and playing audio through a computer's speakers. Microsoft MPEG-1 (50) is a codec needed to play certain media files with Windows Media Player. If you do not have the codec installed on your computer, you can easily download it using Windows Media Player's automatic codec updater.

Double-click on the Windows Media Player icon to open the program.

Click the arrow beneath the tab labeled "Now Playing" to open a drop-down menu.

Click on "More Options" to open a new window.

Click the tab labeled "Player."

Click the box next to "Download codecs automatically." The box should now be checked.

Click "Ok" to close the window and return to Windows Media Player.

Click "File" on the top menu bar.

Click "Open" to open a directory of folders.

Double-click on the file that gave you the error message to open it. Windows Media Player will scan for the appropriate codec to play the file. Instead of receiving an error message this time, Windows Media Player will automatically search the Internet and download the appropriate codec needed to play the file, including Microsoft MPEG-1 (50). Once downloaded, Windows Media Player automatically installs the codec and applies it to all files needing the Microsoft MPEG-1 (50) codec.

About the Author

Rob Kemmett began writing professionally in 2010 and specializes in writing about food and hospitality. Kemmett has worked in various fine-dining restaurants throughout his career and holds an Associate of Applied Science in Le Cordon Bleu culinary arts from the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago.