Problems playing DVDs on my computer

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Rodge2 | 20:01 Tue 08th Feb 2011 | Computers
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I used to be able to play DVDs on my computer. A few months ago, I had to reinstall my operating system, and now every time I try to play a DVD I get this message:

'Windows Media Player cannot play the DVD because a compatible DVD decoder is not installed on your computer.'

When I go to the help site I'm offered, they appear to be trying to sell me a decoder. This doesn't seem right when I could play them previously. Any help would be gratefully received.


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Check on the Microsoft site for upgrades etc to Win Media Player. There are also other players that you can download free.
VLC will play them

Or if you prefer WMP! you just need the correct codecs installed, the k-lite pack includes the correct ones for DVD playback (and a few others)


Note... you don't need to install media play classic, you can uncheck that option, everything else as default should be fine.
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Solution No. 1:
Use the (free) media player which the technical press (and BBC technology programmes) rate far more highly than Windows Media Player:

Solution No. 2:
Use this free media media player, which is at least as good as the one above:
(It's what I use)

Solution No. 3 :
Try this:
(NB: I know nothing about that download. It's probably OK but check it with your virus scanner, just to be safe).

hmmm, i dont think thid is related to hardware as you have previously played dvd's so software. Try to open on VLC - for me the best software to play everything since flv, youtube videos, mpgs, mp4 etc etc. google it and download it.
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Thank you, thank you everyone. I used k-lite and my DVD is now playing!

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