DVDs are one of the most popular media types that we use today for watching movies. However, if you are using Windows based PC then your Windows Media Player is not supported by any DVD decoder. This necessitates downloading and installing Windows Media Player DVD decoder in your Media Player.

To comprehend that your Media Player is installed with a DVD decoder or not you can just follow this simple test.

  • Click the “start” button in your menu.
  • Go to the “run” option.
  • Type “dvdupgrd/detect” in the search box and click “OK”.

If your PC is installed with WMP then your monitor will display the result as “no decoder detected”.

This means that you have to externally download DVD decoders in your PC. There are lots of free download available throughout the net but they come with limited options and also lacks many playback features and hence it is rather recommended purchase a DVD decoder.

With this DVD decoder in your system you can easily play many different types of media formats and also software and data. Many users erroneously associate DVD decoders with DVD copiers. However, the task of a decoder is to decode and play the DVD and not to copy it.

Whenever you are looking for a DVD decoder you should keep in mind that DVDs use various different types of DVD formats and are encoded with different types of programs. For instance, you your system is installed with Dolby Digital system then you can only decode it with Dolby Digital decoder. Similarly, if your system supports Digital Theater System then you need to use DTS decoder. Purchase a compatible DVD decoder for your system.

Options for Windows Media Player DVD decoders:

CinePlayer DVD decoder with plug-in

This DVD decoder renders quality performance with the best visual and audio output and thus is a preferable choice for many. With its enhanced and superb audio clarity it is equipped to support all the high-definition video and also Dolby Digital 5.1 channel audio.

Download this if you are using Windows version XP or Vista:

Coral DVD XPack with plug-in

This package delivers superior sound and picture quality and vivid color. Enhanced with best of technology you can use it both on Windows XP and Vista.

Cyberlink Power DVD SE with plug-in

This DVD decoder is compatible with both your Windows XP and Windows Vista. It is compatible with WMP version 10 and 11 and plays DVDs, recorded Windows Media Center and Dolby Audio Soundtrack.

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Denon DVD-5910 Progressive Scan DVD-Audio/Video Super Audio Player,price: $2,149.00, Seller: Amazon.com – Description: Powered by the latest DCDi by Faroudja FLI-2310 Decoding Engine – Finest available processing for film, video, graphics or mixed-mode content Variable Black Level (Setup) – 0 and 7.5 IRE Passes below-black (PLUGE) on progressive and interlace outputs – (1) DVI-D (HDCP) Output with selectable 480p/720p/1080i output (DVD-Forum has approved DVI output(9/26/03).

Qnap NAS Network Media Player NMP-1000 1-Bay Media Player + LAN/USB/eSATA (Sigma SMP8635), price: $288.96, Seller: span.com– Description: As the use of digital contents is becoming increasingly popular, more and more consumers are looking for solutions to store and enjoy the digital entertainment. Now here comes an easier way to share and enjoy your family videos, vacation photos and favorite music on your home entertainment systems.

Argosy HV335T-EN000 Mobile Video HDD Media Player with USB Wireless Adapter, price: $99.99, Seller: Newegg.com – Description: Supports Full HD video playback up to 1080p & play HD-type movies in Full HD 1080p.Supports USB external HDD and USB flash drive via USB host.Supports full DVD Menu functions.Supports most popular digital media formats: H.264/WMV9/VC-1/Xvid/MPEG-1/MPEG-2/RM/RMVB.Supports MP3/WMA/OGG/FLAC/AAC/Dolby Digital/DTS audio codec.Supports photo slide show with music background and thumbnail preview.

“Panasonic DVDLS86 8.5″” Widescreen Portable DVD Player (with Multi-Format Playback) price: $201.25, Seller: Spectrum Audio – Description: The DVD-LS86 can play back many different types of prerecorded DVDs, including DVD-RAM/-R/-RW and DVD+R/+RW discs. The portable DVD player also handles many popular audio formats including CDs, MP3s, CD-R/RW discs and WMA files.