Like a conventional DVD player, you can use Windows Media Player
to watch DVDs on your computer, skip to specific titles and chapters,
play sequences in slow motion, gain access to special features, and
switch audio and caption languages. In addition to these
conventional DVD player tasks, you can also retrieve information
about each disc from the Internet.
To play DVDs, you must have a DVD drive, and a
software or hardware DVD decoder installed on your computer. If you
do not have a compatible DVD decoder installed, DVD-related
commands, options, and controls do not appear in the Player and you
cannot play DVDs. By default, Windows does not include a DVD
decoder. For more information about DVD decoders, see the DVD Support Web page.