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DVD Playback in Windows XP

DVD states for digital video disc. DVD is used to store audio, video and computer data. As regards films, DVD stores them in DVD-Video format. These discs are characterized by high quality of DVD playback and a great number of extra features. These facts explain the popularity of DVD.

To watch movies one can use a DVD player that is connected to TV as well as a personal computer. Windows XP-based computer is good for playing DVDs if it has a supported DVD drive and decoder. Most computers that come with DVD drivers contain DVD decoders that were installed by hardware manufactures. To check if you have a DVD Decoder is very easy. Just insert your DVD into the DVD drive. Choose Play DVD video and then OK. It is needed to start Windows Media Player and the playback of DVD. There are two possible things that will happen next. Your DVD movie will start playing immediately. In other case you will receive a Windows Media Player error message that will inform you that the DVD decoder is not installed on your personal computer.

In the second case you need installing a DVD decoder. If your personal computer comes with a DVD drive, you should check the computer manufacturer. They may have DVD decoder drivers that can be got for free. If you want to upgrade your personal computer to Windows XP you can locate your existing updated decoder.5 minutes after the process of upgrading is finished, Windows XP will begin an upgrade wizard that is needed to locate the updated decoder. To find more information, you can always check the website of the manufacturer.

If you could not find an installed DVD decoder, you can acquire a DVD decoder. For instance, InterVideo, CyberLink or Ravisent have DVD decoders that can be either purchased or downloaded over the Internet.

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