Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin – You need to install Video Codec : WMVideo Decoder – How to fix

MH Stories 2 Wings of Ruin Video Codec WMVideo Decoder – Are you getting a Capcom installer message about something called WMVideo Decoder? Don’t worry, you are not alone.

PC players are getting the “You need to install Video Codec : WMVideo Decoder” message in MH Stories 2

Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin launched just a while ago, and so far the launch looks quite promising. The game has got some decent reviews and the MH fans are also enjoying the game.

The game got launched for two platforms. Windows and Nintendo Switch. While the game runs flawlessly on Switch, some PC users are experiencing some technical errors with the game.

A lot of players are getting an error message about a video codec called WMVideo Decoder. Here is what the situation is all about. As soon as you start the game by pressing the ‘Play’ button on Steam, you should get a message that says:

You need to install
“VIDEO CODEC : WMVideo Decoder”
to start the game.

What is WMVideo Decoder

Well, it is nothing but a video codec that your system requires to run the game. This is actually quite common with Capcom games now. Resident Evil 8 also needs WMVideo Decoder to run.

This is what it looks like:
Resident Evil Village - WMVideo Decoder required

How to fix

The fix is quite easy. The video codec could be easily obtained from the Windows Media Feature Pack. Go to the download page, select the latest edition (May 2019), download and install it. Restart your PC while you are at it. And that is all you need to do.


If you are experiencing other issues while starting the game on PC, go to this link. It has a bunch of fixes. If your issues are related to the performance of the game, then you can check out this performance guide.


If you think this guide had helped you, then let us know in the comment section below. And for more Monster Hunter Stories 2 guides, keep an eye on Frondtech. We will be covering every single technical issue of the game on the launch day. Good luck!


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