Microsoft Windows XP has the Windows Media Player installed when you purchase the software. This is the default content player for all audio and video files, including DVD movies. However, if you want an enhanced, XP-compatible program to play DVDs, you can purchase, download and install a Microsoft-recommended DVD player via the Microsoft website.
Open your Internet browser and navigate to the Windows DVD software download page (see Resources).
Select the DVD program you want to use and click the "Download" link next to the program. Two of the choices are the DVD Decoder and Audio Effects. In a moment the program will begin to download to your computer.
Double-click the downloaded file. It appears either on the desktop or in a pop-up "Downloads" window.
Click "Next" on the welcome page, then read through and accept the user and license agreement presented to you. It is impossible to install the DVD program without accepting this agreement.
Choose "Next" for both the installation name and location, then click "Install" and the DVD program will install onto the Windows XP computer.
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