|Windows Media problem
||[Sep. 25th, 2008|08:00 pm]
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|Okay...up until now, I have played various DVDs on my Windows Media player with no problem. Recently, I had work done on my computer--everything was uninstalled and then re-installed. That might have to do with this problem, but I'm unsure what to do about it--hence, I came here.
So the problem is, I opened WMP to play a DVD, and it told me that I had to validate WMP, so I followed the instructions. Then this window popped up and said I couldn't play the DVD because I didn't have a "DVD playback decoder" installed. So I click on "Web help" and come to a page that says:
DVD Playback Options for Windows
If you are running the Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Enterprise, or Windows XP operating system on your computer, you might need to install a compatible DVD decoder (also known as a MPEG-2 decoder) before continuing with the following activities.
Playing a DVD
Playing a recorded TV show
Playing video files that were encoded with the MPEG-2 codec (.mpeg, .mpg, and some .avi files)
To purchase a compatible DVD decoder, visit Plug-ins for Windows Media Player.
So what the hell, I have to buy stuff now? Is there a way I can watch this DVD without buying something, or would it be illegal to answer that
I think I see what I did wrong. I actually do have the software already--I just need to re-install it. Unfortunately, I don't have that software with me, so no movie tonight. :( Thanks to gela_ann for the help.