HEVC Video Extensions for Free

There are actually two different codec packages you can get from the Store. Both are identical, but one costs $0.99 and one is free.

If you search the Store for HEVC, you’ll see the $0.99 HEVC Video Extensions package. This fee likely reflects the cost of licensing the codecs for Microsoft.

However, you can also get the free “HEVC Video Extensions from Device Manufacturer” package from the Store. To find it in the Store, copy-paste the following address into your web browser’s address bar and press Enter:


This is the same as the $0.99 package but is completely free. In the past, you could install the package from the Store with this link, but this older package is no longer free.

If the free package is no longer available and you don’t want to pay $0.99, we recommend you install VLC or another free video player that includes support for H.265 video.

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