Why do I need to buy a DVD code to play a DVD in Windows Media Center?

Laurie March 19, 2011
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I put a DVD into my Samsung DVD player and it will not play in Windows Media Center. It tells me I need to buy a DVD code?

  1. Smokey12499
    March 20, 2011 at 7:51 am

    My suggestion would be to use something other than WMC, like VLC.

    March 19, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Hello, a way around it is to get codec packs like the following ones:



  3. Mike
    March 19, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Only selected versions of Windows come with a DVD Decoder (MPEG2 Decoder) which enables you to playback DVDs. For all other versions you need to install a third-party Decoder to watch them in Windows Media Player or Windows Media Center.