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media codec

Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack

Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack
Free

Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack

Add audio/video codecs and filters to playback any video file.

Free
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Publisher: MediaCodec Downloads: 10,614,434 External File

This software is available to download from the publisher site.

Windows Media Codec Pack

Windows Media Codec Pack
Free

Windows Media Codec Pack

Provide freeware codec pack for all video types.

Free
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Publisher: Green Torch Studios Downloads: 71,867
mp3 codec for Windows Media Player

mp3 codec for Windows Media Player
Free

mp3 codec for Windows Media Player

Rip and burn files in MP3 format.

Free
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Publisher: Jamesonline Downloads: 309,485
All in One Media Codec Pack

All in One Media Codec Pack
Free

All in One Media Codec Pack

Play most video and audio file formats on your PC.

Free
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Publisher: AresPremium Downloads: 55,723
XviD Video Codec

XviD Video Codec
Free

XviD Video Codec

Compress video files to transmit them fast over computer networks.

Free
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Publisher: Xvid Downloads: 3,679,802
Codec Decoder Pack

Codec Decoder Pack
Free

Codec Decoder Pack

Play any audio and video formats in your favorite Media Player.

Free
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Publisher: Codec Decoder Downloads: 339,517
Combined Community Codec Pack

Combined Community Codec Pack
Free

Combined Community Codec Pack

Unify the filter packs provided by several groups into a single pack.

Free
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Publisher: CCCP Project Downloads: 83,951
PS3 Media Server

PS3 Media Server
Free

PS3 Media Server

Serve media to PlayStation 3's or other UPnP devices.

Free
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Publisher: PS3 Media Server Downloads: 400,664
Quick Media Converter HD

Quick Media Converter HD
Free

Quick Media Converter HD

Convert HD Video Audio using this media converter.

Free
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Publisher: Cocoon Software Downloads: 772,071
Digital Media Converter Pro

Digital Media Converter Pro
Free to try

Digital Media Converter Pro

Convert between any format video and audio files and for your iOS device or DVD, FLV, and Web site.

Free to try
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Publisher: DeskShare Downloads: 354,115
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About DVD player software

Streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Video have made DVDs and Blu-rays a lot less popular than they used to be. But if you still enjoy playing DVDs and want to watch on your desktop or laptop, you certainly can. Your options depend on your operating system and computer maker.

Note: If your computer has a CD-ROM drive, no software can make it play a DVD or read a DVD-R or DVD-ROM; the laser inside a CD-ROM drive can't read a DVD at all.

  • FAQ

    Your computer may have preinstalled software to play DVDs. So before you download anything, pop in a disc and see what happens. If you can't get the disc to play this way, read on for our advice and recommended downloads.

    Playing DVDs in Windows 7
    When you insert a DVD in the DVD drive of a computer that's running Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate, Windows Media Player should automatically open and start playing the disc.

    If you have a different version of Windows 7, or if Windows Media Player is not cooperating, your best bet is VLC Media Player ( Windows, Mac, Android). This free app plays a wide variety of audio and video files.

    Playing DVDs in Windows 8
    Windows 8 does not have built-in support for playing DVDs. Until October 30, 2015, you could have bought a Pro Pack or Media Pack from Microsoft to enable Windows Media Player to play DVDs in Windows 8.

    However, if your version of Windows 8 was upgraded from Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate, or a different version of Windows 7 that came with the Media Center, then it should have inherited the ability to play DVDs automatically. (Note: If you've ever had to reinstall Windows, if you follow the upgrade path -- reinstall 7, then upgrade to 8 -- you should still have your DVD player license. But if you had to wipe everything and install 8, you won't have the DVD player.)

    If you can't play a DVD in Windows 8, VLC Media Player ( Windows, Mac, Android) can come to the rescue. Just download and install VLC, pop in your DVD, and Windows should ask if you want to use VLC to play the disc. If you have problems getting the disc to play, you can also open VLC first (it should create a shortcut on your desktop when you install it), click the Media menu in the upper left-hand corner, select Open Disc, and click the Play Button.

    Playing DVDs in Windows 10
    Windows 10 can play DVDs automatically -- if certain conditions are met. If you upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate; a different version of Windows 7 that came with the Media Center; or Windows 8 with a Pro Pack or Media Pack installed, then Windows 10 should have retained the ability to play DVDs. If not, we recommend VLC Media Player ( Windows, Mac, Android) once again. You can pay $15 to get Windows DVD Player from Microsoft's app store, but we don't recommend this app. Frankly, it's not very good -- you might not even be able to get it to run.

    Playing DVDs on Mac
    OS X has DVD Player built in. Just pop your disc into the optical drive (or the external SuperDrive connected via USB), and your DVD should start playing automatically. Of course, if you have a MacBook Air, which has no CD/DVD drive, you won't be able to watch DVDs on your laptop.

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