Uh... huh... I have no idea what that is supposed to mean...Originally Posted by SEELE
Do you mean I should try the built in codecs (the ones that come with Windows?). I really don't like those ones because they lead to large file sizes, and crappy video quality. The game I'm making is freeware, (and therefore, you download it off the internet), so I have to keep the filesize as low as possible. The installer for XVid is only about 800kb, so I figure that's no big deal at all.
Going back to the original topic (no not THAT original, the one about me being lazy for some reason), checking in the registry isn't exactly the best idea. A newer version of the codec might have different registry key locations, or the locations may be different because someone is trying to run it on Vista instead of XP (or lower). Plus, even thought the registry entries are there, the user might have manually gone in and deleted the Xvid files (I don't know why they'd do that, it's just a possibility), so in that case it would appear that they have it, it just wouldn't play.
The way I chose to do it is the one sure way to make sure that they have it, it's the right version, and ultimately, it can play.