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By Justin SabrinaUpdated on April 07, 2020

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Windows Media Player won't play DVD? In this article is about to introduce a DVD ripper and guide you how to rip DVD to Windows Media Player supported formats for playback.

Windows Media Player, also known as WMP, is the default media player for Windows PC. It accepts various video and audio files as input, such as WMV, AVI, MPG, MP4 and audio CD, data CD and data DVD. However, DVD is considered an obsolete technology, and today's ultra-thin laptops and tablets have abandoned the DVD drive. Microsoft has also abandoned Windows Media Center since Windows 8.1, so there is no longer a built-in option to play DVDs from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10.

Is It Possible to Convert DVDs to Windows Media Player?

If the error "Windows Media Player cannot play the DVD because a compatible DVD decoder is not installed on your computer" is displayed on Windows Media Player, it means that the plug-in required for playing DVD (called mpeg-2 decoder) is not installed. To get rid of this error, you need a professional DVD ripper to rip DVD movies to WMV and other video formats supported by Windows Media Player.

UkeySoft DVD Ripper is specially designed to rip and convert DVDs to MP4, AVI, MOV, WMV, FLV, etc. In addition, it is not only capable of converting videos with high quality, but also supports converting DVDs to high / standard definition (HD / SD) video formats. With its help, you can directly play DVDs on Windows Media Player without installing any codec pack, DVD decoder, upgrading DVD driver, removing any 3rd party software. Therefore, if Windows Media Player cannot play DVDs, or you want to play these disc files on a range of devices, please use the following guide to rip and convert DVD files.

UkeySoft DVD Ripper: The Best DVD to WMV Converter on PC

  • Rip and convert DVD to MP4, AVI, MPEG, WMV, RMVB, FLV, MOV, 3GP and so on.
  • Customize the video format of specific devices (such as iPhone / Android devices, Sony PSP / PS3 / PS4, etc).
  • Support ripping video and audio with high quality.
  • Easily extract audio from your favorite DVD movies.
  • Perfect DVD Disc / Folder / ISO Converter.
  • Clone full DVD disc to ISO image and DVD folder.
  • Burn DVD discs with high speed.
  • Use trim, crop, rotate, add watermark, edit subtitles, etc. to edit the video.
  • Supports Windows 10/8/7 / XP / Vista and Mac, including the latest Mac OS 10.15 (Catalina).

Steps to Rip and Convert DVDs to WMV Supported by Windows Media Player

Steps 1. Launch UkeySoft DVD Ripper on PC
Launch UkeySoft DVD Ripper on your computer after Installation. You will be provided with Windows and Mac version, please download the corresponding version according to your computer OS.

run dvd movies ripper

Step 2. Import DVD Files
Insert your DVD into the computer and click "Load DVD"  > "Open DVD Disc" in the upper left corner. The DVD Ripper will automatically load the inserted DVD.

loads dvd disc

Steps 3. Choose Output Format
UkeySoft DVD Ripper loads your DVD movies. Navigate to the "Output Format" option below and select the video format supported by Windows Media Player in its drop-down list, such as WMV. It also supports converting DVD movies to MP4/AVI/MOV/MPEG, you can select any of it if you need.

select output format

Step 4. Adjust Video Effects(Optional)
Before ripping the DVD to WMV, you can use the editing function by clicking "Cut", "Crop", "Effect", "Watermark" and "Subtitle" at the top of this interface. This feature adds visual effects to the video.

edit video before ripping dvd movies

Steps 5. Start DVD to WMV Conversion
Click "Start" button to start to converting DVD to WMV or extracting audios from DVD music videos. Once you have converted your DVD to WMV format, Windows Media Player will be able to play the WMV.

rip DVD movies to MP4

Rip DVD to Windows Media Player
Justin Sabrina

Justin Sabrina

Justin Sabrina has over 10 years of content writing experience. She specializes in product reviews, how-to guides, tips and tricks, top lists, etc. on data encryption, multi-media conversion, screen recording and iOS unlocking. At UkeySoft, she performs in-depth research SEO copywriting and collaborates with our R & D team to offer effective software solution, most of her articles on software are helpful and easy to read, helping our reader easily solve problems through using software or apps.


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