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Dvd Decoders

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#1 Ally Maypole

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Posted 03 May 2006 - 05:33 AM

Hello all,

As I understand it, Windows XP Home edition doesn't come with a DVD decoder, and so I can't watch any of my DVDs.

I wonder if I can doiwnload a free one, and what the best one would be?

Thanks and regards,



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Posted 04 May 2006 - 12:15 AM


If you have a DVD/CD-RW combo drive or better, you most likely have the capabilities to play any DVD that matches the region of the DVD drive. All optical drives come with some sort of Driver CD that installs on your PC. Among the settings on such Driver CD's, are the ability to auto start DVD media, just as long as you have a Media Player to display the DVD files. Wnidows Media Player comes with XP home, and handles the MPEG 2 format, for decoding DVD's. If not, pluggins are available from Microsoft.

If you are unsure about compatibility of the codecs you have, and want to use WMP to watch DVD's, go here: Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility.

If you bought your PC in a package from a vendor like Dell or Gateway, then you most likely have software for most of your disc creation needs. Some of the software titles include Sonic, Nero, Roxio, Pinnacle, PowerDVD, and so on. If this sounds familiar to you, you may just have the functions turned off.

If you provide a short list of what you have installed on your PC, a more specific explanation could be provided, including possible conflicts that may be preventing you from viewing DVD's on your PC.

Hope this helps,

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