Playing a DVD using Windows Media Player

December 2016

Windows Media Player when playing a DVD sometimes shows an error message. This, however, can be taken care of once certain requirements are fulfilled - no additional programs will be required to view the DVD afterwards. Microsoft XP and the DVD decoder must be installed and a DVD-ROM drive must also be present, along with Windows Media Player 10 . Once all these requirements are met, through the Quick Access Panel button of the player, the DVD will be ready to play.

It is not necessary for you to purchase another program to view your DVDs on your computer as Windows Media Player can handle this task for you. There are however a few things that are required:
  • Have Microsoft XP installed on your PC
  • Have a DVD-ROM drive
  • A software or hardware DVD decoder must be installed on your system
  • You must have at least the Windows Media Player 10 version

Normally if you try to read a DVD with Media Player, you will get an error message:


You can get a free decoder from this link:

After meeting these requirements, you can now follow the following instructions:

How to play a DVD with Windows Media Player

  • 1. Open Windows Media Player and insert the DVD in the DVD drive.
  • 2. If the disc does not start playing automatically, click Quick Access Panel button on the Windows Media Player menu and select the drive that contains the DVD.

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