Windows Media Player DVD Codec
Or, how to watch your favorite DVD on WMP!

By default Microsoft's popular media player, known as Windows Media Player, does not play DVD's.

However there are a number of quality "plug-ins" that can installed on a Windows XP and Windows Vista PC that will offer DVD playback through Windows Media Player.

These plug-ins are sometimes referred to as a Windows Media Player DVD Codec and usually offer support for Microsoft DirectX Video Acceleration to minimize CPU load and full integration with Windows Media Player 9.0 or higher.

All you should need is a PC made in the last 3 years or so... something like a Pentium 4 1.0 Ghz / Pentium M 1.0 Ghz, or an athalon AMD Athlon™ 1.2 Ghz or higher processor.

And of course a DVD-Rom Drive!

Software vendors such as COREL, CyberLink and Roxio all have suitable DVD Codec's.

For more information on a suitable Windows Media Player DVD Codec for your PC you can read DVD Player For Windows Media  a popular article by Microsoft MVP, Marc Liron.


Xavier Lane
Windows Media Player Product Specialist