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Determining QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component version

Learn how to determine your QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component version.

The QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component provides QuickTime 7 users with the ability to import and play back specific forms of MPEG-2 content. It is available as a separate purchase and download from the Apple Online Store.   If you've purchased and installed the QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component, here is how to determine which version is installed on your computer. Note: MPEG-2 functionality is built in to OS X Lion--the QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component is unnecessary.

If you've purchased the QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component, here is how to determine which version is installed on your computer.

Mac OS X v10.6 or earlier:

  1. In the Finder, choose Go > Go to Folder, type /System/Library/QuickTime and click Go.
  2. Find the file named QuickTimeMPEG2.component.
  3. Select QuickTimeMPEG2.component by clicking it once with the mouse.
  4. Choose File > Get Info (Command-I).
  5. The version information appears under the General section of the Info window.

Windows XP

  1. From the Start menu, click Control Panel.
  2. In Control Panel, open Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Select "QuickTime MPEG2" from the list of currently installed programs.
  4. Click the "Click here for support information" link to see the version information.

Windows Vista

  1. From the Start menu, click Control Panel.
  2. In Control Panel, click Uninstall a program. The Programs and Features control panel opens.
    Alternately, in Classic Panel of Control Panel, click Programs and Features.
  3. Click the drop-down menu to the right of the Views button and choose Details. Alternatively, select Details from the View menu.
  4. Right-click in Column Header and choose More from the shortcut menu.
  5. Make sure the Version Box checkbox is selected and click OK.
  6. Look for QuickTime MPEG2 and look in the version column for the version number.

Additional Information

I've lost my QuickTime Pro registration key(s). What should I do?

You can retrieve purchased registration keys with these steps:

  1. Visit the Apple Online Store.
  2. Click "Account" in the upper-right corner.
  3. On the "Your Account" page, click "View Order History".
  4. Enter your Apple ID and password.


See also: OS X Lion: Unable to install QuickTime MPEG2 Playback Component

Important: Information about products not manufactured by Apple is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute Apple’s recommendation or endorsement. Please contact the vendor for additional information.
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