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Removing multimedia codecs (for example, media control devices, audio codecs, and so on) can be useful for troubleshooting multimedia issues. After you remove these devices/codecs and restart the computer, Windows 2000 only reinstalls the Microsoft PCM converter. All of the other devices/codecs are not automatically reinstalled.
This behavior occurs because you can only reinstall multimedia codecs using the Add/Remove Hardware wizard.
To reinstall multimedia codecs in Windows 2000, use the following steps:
To remove audio codecs or media control devices, use the following steps: