Play DVDs on Windows Media Player

  Trikie 09:47 10 Feb 05

My version of WMP does not play DVDs. When I insert one it suggests I configure it to do so. Going to the web help it seems I need to know what version of WMP I have. How do I find this?

Perhaps someone could also help with the reconfiguration (assuming its not a "go to the registry" task).


  wotbus@ 10:02 10 Feb 05

Hi Trikie. I don't think WMP supports playing DVD's. You will need something like WinDVD or PowerDVD [there are others]. Both are available for free download trial for a month or so, try here click here

  Taff36 10:14 10 Feb 05

Open WMP and select Help from the menu bar then "About Windows Media Player"

  Paul F 10:24 10 Feb 05

click here
Look down the list for DVD plugins. (I think this page is for WMP version 10. It's worth upgrading to it if you can)

  Trikie 10:53 10 Feb 05

Thanks both. The only info on the Help tab is a nunber 8.00.004487 and another that looks like a registration number.

Does the 8 mean Version 8? I've had XP for 3 years and its just been loaded into a replacement PC with SP1 but not SP2 (yet)

  Taff36 11:02 10 Feb 05

Yes it looks like you have version 8. SP2 automatically loaded version 10 if I remember rightly and I would recommend SP2 anyway. Here`s a link to the WMP10 download site click here

  Taff36 11:06 10 Feb 05

I`m pretty sure you can download WM10 alone without SP2 but someone will correct me if I`m wrong!

  Taff36 11:09 10 Feb 05

Covers DVD playing Frequently Asked Questions.

  Taff36 11:09 10 Feb 05
  Trikie 11:19 10 Feb 05

Thanks Taff36 - I now have Version 10.

  Stuartli 11:21 10 Feb 05

I regularly play DVDs with Windows Media Player - you need to enable DVD in File Types and have a hardware or software DVD decoder installed such as PowerDVD.

A list of some of the decoders available can be found in XP Help and Support - key DVD into the search box.

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