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How to Play DVDs using Windows Media Player

When playing a DVD in Windows Media Player, sometimes shows an error message. That's because for Windows XP, the default settings in Windows Media Player no longer enable video DVD playback. For Windows 8, it doesn't include built-in support for playing DVDs. In order to play DVD in Windows Media Player, you may have to take a few extra steps.

As you see, there are many limits and issues when watching DVD movies with Windows Media Player. Well, by converting DVD to another video format such as WMV, you can play DVD in Windows Media Player at your will without any hassle. In the following paragraphs, we will show you how to get DVD playable in Windows Media Player with an easy way.

To convert DVD to Windows Media Player, you can use Brorsoft DVD Ripper, which can help you rip DVD to WMV for Windows Media Player, and allows you to manually adjust encoding settings to customize the output video quality and file size. In addition, if you want to edit videos, adjust subtitles, select audio track, add text or image watermark to videos, all these can be easily achieved with this powerful tool. Besides Windows Media Player, this DVD ripper is also able to rip and convert DVD to iTunes, iPad, Galaxy Tab, PS3, Microsoft Surface tablet and more media devices. Now don't hesitate to try the program and check out the guide below on how to convert DVD files to Windows Media Player friendly videos step by step.

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How to convert DVD to Windows Media Player easily

Step 1. Import DVD movie

Insert the DVD disc into your computer's hard drive and run the DVD ripping program. Click "Load DVD" and import your DVD movies. You can also add DVD folders, ISO image files to convert. After the DVD has been loaded, you can select the subtitles and audio tracks.

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Step 2. Choose WMV as output format

Click the Format menu, select Windows Media Player friendly format as your output video format. There, you can take WMV as your output video format. If you prefer high definition videos, move your mouse pointer to "HD Video" and then choose HD WMV. Then you can click "Settings" to tweak the detailed video and audio encoding settings.

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3. Start conversion

Finally click the Convert button to begin ripping DVD to Windows Media Player format.

After encoding process has finished successfully, go into the destination directory and drop the converted files into Windows Media Player. Once all this is done, your videos will be ready to play with Media Player on Windows. Enjoy.

P.S.Another simple way to play DVD on Windows(Windows(8/7/XP) is to install a third-party DVD Player instead of Windows Media Player. We recommend the popular VLC media player. It's free, and after you install it you'll be able to play DVDs in VLC without problem.

To play a DVD in VLC, click the Media menu and select Open Disc.

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