Selecting default DVD software in Windows media player

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DVD Tools
Media players
VLC media player
Windows Media Player
Windows Media Player 11
Windows XP
How do you set the default DVD player software in Windows Media Player 11? I'm trying to set WMP to use VLC as the default DVD player. If there is a simpler method, preferably freeware, I'm open to it. The place I'm setting this up for needs just a simple, drop in the DVD into the computer and it will play functionality. Their IT guy installed a DVD drive into a system but there was no software included with the drive for playing DVDs. WMP does not play DVD by itself. This seems like it should be easy. ANY help here would be appreciated. Thank You! -Flame
ASKED: December 8, 2008  3:50 PM
UPDATED: April 4, 2012  11:35 AM

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I may be able to help,

Open any folder, it doesn’t matter which one you just need explorer to open.
At the top of the open window select “tools”>”folder options”

Then click on the “file types” tab. Now scroll down to the known extensions such as .avi, .wmv, .mp3, .mp4, .mpg or whatever file type you’re trying to play and select them and in the lower portion of the box select change.

Now you are going to search for where VLC is installed on your system, and once you have changed the ones you wanted then choose “ok” or “apply” then “ok”. Now VLC should be the default player for those file types you selected instead of Media Player 11.

If you’re not sure what the file type is that you’re trying to play then pop in the dvd, open “My Computer” find the dvd drive and right click it and select “explore” find the video file and make a note of it so you can change the extension mapping as described above.

I hope this helps you, have a blessed day

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    I found a way to make it work. Right Click on the DVD Drive Select the "AutoPlay" Tab From the drop down select "DVD Movies" Select the VLC Player from the list. Click Apply
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