Windows DVD player, free download?

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Most PCs with a DVD optical drive come with DVD movie player software bundled in the Windows setup, like WinDVD or PowerDVD. Say we have a PC missing this software, and recovery disks are not in sight. Any recommendations for a free DVD player program that will play commercial DVDs? In this situation, media player can't play movie industry DVDs because of the copy protection.
 
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sorry to the bearer of bad news but the dvd player is not part of windows xp etc. I had the same issue and since then I stick to dell hw only so I am able to install the dvd decoder software. if I remember right the mpeg2 decryptor has to be licensed, henced it was separate... I can download entire software from dell support site. not sure if that helps
 
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I've had a simiar problem for quite a while now, maybe 2 years. Finding the needed video codec for free has eluded me. I've been offered, and followed, endless advice- none of which has helped. Result- sorry, I can't tell you how to find the codec that will allow your Windows Media player to play DVD's again. BUT: If you just want to play DVDs on your computer's DVD drive, and it doesn't *Have* to be Windows, there is an easy solution. Google "VLC Media Player" & you should be able to find some sources for free download. And it has a little bonus- with VLC, you can play other "regions" on your computer. Example: my UK Region 2 dvds(Allo Allo) play just fine on my computer with VLC. Back when WMP worked(bfore I pulled a dumb stunt & deleted the codec! ), it wouldn't play those UK videos at all.
 
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 Originally Posted By: brianl703
Download the K-Lite codec pack, install it, and you will be able to play DVDs with Windows Media Player.
This is all I use \:\! Download,install = watchin DVD's in no time
 
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