...be careful. In some cases, the DVD codecs are supplied by WinDVD.. Especially on Windows XP and older computers, those codecs may not exist natively without a specific DVD program.. My point is, yes, try using VLC or Windows Media Player for your DVD use but try them while WinDVD is still on the computer.. It may be worthwhile to leave WinDVD on the computer so the other programs will work correctly..
In addition, even though and older version of WinDVD doesn't have updated support, it still should function for most DVD viewing. It's your choice whether to update or not.
Hope this helps.
Scan shows end-of-life (no more vendor support). I checked the Secunia forums and found this:
"To answer your question directly your DVD will work perfectly without WINDVD. It has its own drivers.
I suspect it came with your PC (OEM) as Trial ware & is independent of the DVD drive.
Once removed there are numerous options - VLC is one & appears popular. I use the Windows Media Player or Windows Explorer for all my requirements which merely proves there is flexibility to install what U want after the removal of WINDVD."
I'm still confused. They say the DVD will work perfectly without it, then state that you have flexibility to install what u want after removal.
So can I remove it and not install a replacement program??? I have windows xp and do have windows media player on my laptop.
Thanks in advance for your help.