How To Get the Free HEVC Codec for Windows 10

How To Get the Free HEVC Codec for Windows 10 / H.265 / HEVC Video Extensions


The URL download link to get the Free Windows 10 HEVC Codec is shown and the installation is demonstrated. If you want to play HEVC or h.265 videos in Windows 10, and you have a video board with a built-in HEVC codec, you can download this free “app” (hevc video extensions from device manufacturer ) from the Microsoft store which will use you video boards built-in HW codec.


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Unfortunately, it appears that MS no longer publishes this information on their site or through their “app store” app.  However, it appears they are still available if you know where to look…

Note:  most peeps will want the “x64” one, so try that one if you are not sure which one you need.

HEVC video extensions at



Welcome to the Grok Shop! Super quick video here on how to get that free HEVC codec for Windows 10. If you go to open a video file and get this message, this video is for you. Basically, Microsoft wants to sell you the software codec, but if you have a video board that supports HEVC, you don’t need it. What you can do is just hit this redirection link on my website (I’ll provide it in the description for the video and in the companion blog post). Once you click my link, it’ll send you to the Microsoft Store website. You don’t need to sign up for anything; if you’re already signed up that’s okay too. Here you can check the system requirements if you’re curious. Otherwise just click ‘Get’ and click “Open Microsoft Store”. Once Microsoft’s done bouncing you around a little bit, you’ll end up at this page that says “HEVC Video Extensions from Device Manufacturer.” That’s the one you want. Just click “Get”. You don’t need to sign-in with Microsoft unless you want to; I don’t want to so I’m clicking “No thanks.” And finally you can click “Install”. Don’t be fooled by more attempts from Microsoft to get you to sign in or create an account; you don’t need to do any of that. So that’s it for this video. I hope you found it helpful. If you did, be sure to thumbs me up and comment. If you like my video style, you may want to subscribe to be notified of more good stuff as it comes out. But as far as getting that free HEVC codec for Windows 10, that’s how it’s done. Thanks for watching.

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13 thoughts on “How To Get the Free HEVC Codec for Windows 10”

  1. Thank you so much! I just got an iPhone after having Androids for years. I couldn’t open any of the videos I took. I found your YouTube tutorial regarding the free HEVC extension. I just downloaded it and all the videos I took at the beach today are now playing. Thank you again, from this computer un-savvy person.

    1. From what I am hearing, Microsoft may have modified the process recently. I never saw the redemption code message. Sounds like they may have watched my video, haha! Anyway, another option until I can publish a newer video on the new process would be to install VLC and use that for playback instead of the Windows built-in player. Good luck!

      1. Yes, it does ask to redeem a code now .
        Do you have any updated news on this ?
        I’m not trying to watch videos, I want to edit heic images in photoshop and they specify to buy the extension then restart photoshop and it would work, so … we need to extension I guess

  2. The link took me to a page to enter a 25 digit code sent to my email to redeem but nothing came through. Anyone run into the same issue?

  3. I did install VLC and was able to view the video, but when I go to put it into a PPT, it gives me the message:
    PowerPoint cannot insert a video from the selected file. Verify that the necessary 64-bit codec for the media format is installed and the try again. Please advise.

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