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Can't play DVDs with Windows Media Player, missing codec.

Windows Media Player requires something called a ‘codec’ (decoder software) in order to play your DVD movies.
In most cases, Windows Media Player would grab the codec installed by this third-party program whenever you insert a DVD but you may not have a decoder installed or it is incompatible with Media Player.

You can check to see if you have any compatible DVD decoders installed using Microsoft’s ‘Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility’ available free here.

If you find that you do have a decoder installed but it is not compatible with Windows Media Player, you may want to visit the website for the company that created the stand-alone DVD player program to see if an updated version that is compatible with Media Player has been released.

If none of that helps, you can download all kinds of decoders (plug-ins) for audio and video WMPlugins.com.

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