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Old 11-25-2006, 01:19 PM   #1
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Well I have WMP 10, which I was under the impression would handle playing just about anything you threw at it. But I tried to pop in a DVD and play it, and it says I have to download a codec.

All the codecs I found have to be purchased. Does anyone know of one thats free and works? This isnt really for me, its for some friends of mine that are wanting me to work on their computer, and they dont have a DVD player, so they watch DVDs on their computer and I would like to keep it as simple as possible.

I do have a copy of PowerDVD that I can install for them if need be, but WMP has a much more user-friendly interface and I would like to get it to work with that.
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you will have to install powerdvd. wmp10 will use the dvd codec from that install automatically.
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ASAIK, You do need to install DVD Player software to load the DVD player drivers onto the system. Once you do, WMP will work fine. At least I was unable to find free (as opposed to hacked/ripped off) drivers when I looked and I ended up liking PowerDvD better than WMP anyways.
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This is what I use..
http://www.free-codecs.com/download/...Codec_Pack.htm (16 mb)
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this one has even more codecs:
http://www.free-codecs.com/download/...Codec_Pack.htm (32 MB)

THEN WMP 10 will play virtually anything you throw at it. That Codec pack contains hundreds of different WMP codecs.
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WMP FTL!

VLC FTW!
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I installed PowerDVD and yes WMP works fine. Ill just see which one they like better when the time comes. Thanks guys!
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