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Cant Play DVD's in Windows Media Player

I am running windows vista, and when I try to play a dvd with windows media player, i get this error:

'Windows Media Player cannot play the DVD because a compatible DVD decoder is not installed on your computer.'

the help button takes me to a site where it wants me to PAY for a dvd decoder just to play the dvd.

is there something that i can do to allow me play my dvd's in wmp? I thought that you could play dvd's in windows by default?

thanks for the help, bj

the dvd's work with vlc, but i prefer windows media player.

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