Resident Evil Village is one of the survival horror video games that has been developed and published by Capcom in April 2021. It’s available for PS4/PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Google Stadia, and PC platforms. If you’re using the Windows 10 (N) version or possibly a heavily modified version and facing the Resident Evil Village WMVideo Decoder Error while playing the title on your PC, you can follow this troubleshooting guide.
To be very specific, whenever you try to open up the Resident Evil Village game on your computer, you may receive a Capcom Installer Message window on the screen. It basically says “You need to install “VIDEO CODEC : WMVideo Decoder” to start the game.” So, you’ll have to simply click on the ‘I accept the above message’ checkbox to enable it and click on Exit.
Fix: Resident Evil Village WMVideo Decoder Error
But unfortunately, some PC users may not see this message if they’ve restarted their PC. Well, don’t worry because you can easily get this option by simply opening up the Steam client > Go to Library > Head over to the Resident Evil Village title > Right-click on it > Hover over Manage > Click on Browse Local Files.
Here you’ll see a new window will open where you’ve installed the Resident Evil Village video game on your PC. Just look for the InstallerMessage.exe file from the list. Now, all you need is to double-click on it and you’ll find the Capcom InstallerMessage window again on the screen.
Please Note: You should receive the same popup message window while launching the game. However, if you’re unable to see this at that moment, you can always perform the above steps to get into it. So, once all done, just fire up the Resident Evil Village game from Steam and it should work fine.
1. Add Media Feature Pack
However, if you’re still receiving the WMVideo Decoder Error then it indicates that there is a codec issue on your system especially on Windows 10 (N) edition. To fix this issue, you can follow the steps below:
- Press the Windows key or click on Start > Type Manage Optional Features.
- Click on it from the search result > Simply click on Add a feature.
- Here you’ll need to search for Windows Media Player.
- Once you see the add-on, click on it to select > Choose Install.
- So, after installing the Windows Media Player add-on, it should initiate the media feature pack on your computer.
However, if this is already installed that means there are no issues with the media feature pack. But you’ll need to install the latest version of the media feature pack accordingly.
- Here you can visit the official Microsoft website to get the Media Feature Pack for N versions of Windows 10.
- Make sure to select the latest edition of Windows that you’re currently using. However, if you’re not sure which edition or build is you’re currently using, you can follow below.
- So, click on the Start menu > Type in view PC and click on View your PC name from the search result.
- Here you’ll see the edition of Windows 10 on your computer that you’re currently using.
- Anything higher than the build 1903 which is probably what you’re using can be installed by clicking on the KB3145500 link for the Media Feature Pack for your version of Windows.
Please Note: For Windows 10 version 1903 and later, you can add the Media Feature Pack by going to Start > Settings > Apps > Apps and features > Optional features > Add a feature > Media Feature Pack from the list of available optional features.
- Once done, make sure to restart your computer to change effects immediately, and try launching the Resident Evil Village game again.
2. Use a Third-Party Codec Pack
However, if you’re still facing the WMVideo Decoder Error on your PC, you should try installing the third-party codec pack (K-Lite Codec Pack) from this link. Simply click on Server 1 or Server 2 or Server 3 to download the installer.
Next, open it up on your PC, and install it using the admin access. Once installed, make sure to restart your computer to apply changes. Finally, try launching the Resident Evil Village game once again to check for the error.
3. Scan and Repair Game Files
Whereas if you’re still having issues with the gameplay or even game launching, make sure to verify the integrity of game files on your Steam client. To do so:
- Open up Steam > Go to Library.
- Right-click on the Resident Evil Village title.
- Click on Properties > Go to the Local Files tab.
- Select Verify Integrity of Game Files…
- This process will start verifying and checking all the installed game files whether there is a missing/corrupted file is located or not.
- Let the process be completed. Once done, close the Steam client, and restart your computer to apply changes.
- Finally, re-open Steam, and try running the Resident Evil Village game again.
That’s it, guys. We assume this guide was helpful to you. Feel free to ask in the comment below if you’ve any queries.