How come WIndows Media Player says I need a decoder to play a burned CD or DVD?

by on July 13, 2011

Q: My Windows Media player wont play my DVDs or burn a CD. It says I am missing a decoder. What is that?


2 Responses to “How come WIndows Media Player says I need a decoder to play a burned CD or DVD?”
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    Windows Media player is having trouble because it can’t understand the video formats you’re using.

    Your easiest option to getting this working is to install VLC Media player (free) http://www.videolan.org/vlc/ it has built in deocders for just about every video format out there.

    For burning CDs, try using http://cdburnerxp.se/ also free.

     
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    Windows media player is pre loaded with a limited number of codecs. If it is not one that is installed it will not play. even if a song is a mp3 it could still happen.

    The easiest was around this would be to install a codec pack. http://www.free-codecs.com/k_lite_codec_pack_download.htm
    select to down load any of the versions on that page however standard or even basic should be sufficient enough. Install and set everything to the defaults and you should be good from there.

    If you need more support please let me know.