Playing VOB Files for Windows Media Player

Written by theon weber
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VOB files are the format in which video is stored on a DVD. Windows Media Player 12 or higher should be able to play VOB files without difficulty (although an "unsupported format" message may appear, which you may ignore.) Unfortunately, WMP 12 is only available with Windows 7, and does not have a freely downloadable version. If you have an older version of WMP, follow these directions to download and install software that may help.

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    Download the Media Player Codec Pack (see Resources). This is one of many compiled collections of video and audio codecs. A codec---short for compressor/decompressor---is a piece of software that tells your computer how to encode or decode video or audio in a particular format. The Codec Pack you're downloading contains many of these, but you only need to install one.

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    Double-click the downloaded file. Select "Expert Installation," then click "Next" and "I Agree."

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    Uncheck both of the checkboxes offering you the Delio Toolbar and click "Next."

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    Uncheck everything on the list of codecs except for "InterVideo DVD/SVCD Filter." You can uncheck a group of codecs by clicking the checkbox next to the group's name. When nothing except the InterVideo codec is selected, click "Install."

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    Open Windows Media Player when the installation is complete, and use the "File" -> "Open" command to browse to and select the file you want to play.

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