Windows® XP DVD Decoder
Installing a DVD decoder on Windows® XP provides Windows Media® Player with additional features.
A DVD decoder pack enriches the user’s experience of watching DVDs. It completely transforms Windows Media® Player into an absolute DVD player by providing the player with extra, improved features, such as video playback controls, DVD chapter listings, and integrated cover art. If you want to find out whether your computer system already has a DVD decoder installed on it or if it is compatible with Windows Media® Player, you just have to check it with the Windows® XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility. You have to install and run this utility in order to do that.
The following points are very useful when using a DVD decoder on Windows® XP:
- Check for installation and compatibility
- Install a DVD decoder
- Install Windows® Update for DVD decoders
Check for installation and compatibility
As already mentioned, Windows® XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility facilitates in verifying if your system already has a DVD decoder installed. It also helps in verifying if the decoder has any compatibility issues with Windows Media® Player. The utility checks if an MPEG-2 video decoder is installed, and if it plays well with Windows Media® Player 10 and Windows® XP Media Center Edition. This utility opens a validation window on your screen. Click ‘Continue’ to initiate the validation procedure. Once the website validates the OS, you will receive a page that will provide you instructions for the download. To further check if the decoder is compatible with Windows Media® Player, you need to start the utility and click on the decoder that you wish to install and read the details under the list. Please note that only Genuine Windows® users are allowed to download this utility.
Install a DVD decoder
This decoder plays videos by unscrambling them. Since, there is no such built-in software available on Windows® XP, you need third-party software to watch movies or videos on their PCs. If you have inserted a DVD into the computer’s drive, your system will ask you to look for a decoder. You can point Windows Media ® Player to the place where the executable program is kept on your system. Then, navigate to Microsoft® website to choose and download a DVD decoder. After downloading, run the installation and Windows Media® Player would be ready to play your favorite movies and videos.
A DVD decoder also needs to be updated or upgraded through Windows® Update and to do so you need a decoder plug-in for the player, which you can easily get from Microsoft® website. Then, check Windows Media® Player to look for updates on the plug-ins that you have installed. Open the player and right-click to get a drop-down menu. Here, select ‘Show Classic Menus’, and click ‘Help’. Click ‘Check for Updates’, which will connect you to the Internet. From there choose and download any update which you require.