WMP 11 codecs

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Music, Pictures and Video' started by EW, Feb 13, 2009.

  1. EW

    EW Guest

    My Vista Home Premium's Windows Media Player 11 will not play commercial DVD
    movies -- neither will my XP WMP ver 9. I can play all DVD's using another
    application, such as the great VLC player or Dell's Power DVD. What's with
    WMP?? Would codecs cause this? If so, how can I delete and reload WMP
    codecs -- and is it safe to do?

    Note: the DVDs I try to play on WMP is blocky, choppy, and unusable, but the
    audio is fine. Comments pls?

    EW, Feb 13, 2009
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    zachd [MSFT] Guest

    You can't reload WMP's codecs.

    Under WMP's Help:About:Technical Support Information menu tool, what MPEG
    filters are listed?
    zachd [MSFT], Feb 13, 2009
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    John Inzer Guest

    Maybe the following link will be useful:

    Info on DVD Decoders:
    Plug-ins for Windows Media Player


    John Inzer MS-MVP
    Digital Media Experience

    This is not tech support
    I am a volunteer

    Solutions that work for
    me may not work for you

    Proceed at your own risk
    John Inzer, Feb 13, 2009
  4. EW

    EW Guest

    Thanks to you and Zachd. Doesn't help to fix my Windows Media Player
    problem, but installing "another" player (as you indirectly suggested) does
    work for me, esp the VLC player. But I guess I'll never understand why WMP
    doesn't work with commercial DVDs, as it should. It wasn't always this
    way -- happened after a zillion MS updates. All else on my computers works
    flawlessly. I give up.

    EW, Feb 13, 2009
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    zachd [MSFT] Guest

    Under WMP's Help:About:Technical Support Information menu tool, what MPEG
    filters are listed?

    That's kind of the first step to understanding why/how WMP is working. If
    you actually want to know that, that's your first step right there. =)
    Next step is what video card with what driver version. =)
    zachd [MSFT], Feb 14, 2009
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    oscar Guest


    Is it possible that another software application which came with its own
    codecs could be interfering with WMP and causing EW's problem? (Remember I
    had that problem a few months ago with a third part software app that
    prevented me from fully using Wmovie Maker that you helped me track down.)

    oscar :)

    ....Right click is your very good friend...
    oscar, Feb 14, 2009
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    zachd [MSFT] Guest

    Possible - but those should then be listed in the output of that list tool.
    It's very helpful for this particular issue. =)
    zachd [MSFT], Feb 15, 2009
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