The VLC Media Player typically is used as a desktop application, but it includes a plug-in that can play videos embedded on Web pages. VLC's plug-in supports Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and other Web browsers. Embedded videos on websites that would normally play in Windows Media Player, QuickTime or other similar plug-ins will play in an embedded VLC player after you install the plug-in. This add-on is not installed by default; you have to select it as a custom option when you install VLC. If you've already installed VLC, you will have to uninstall and then reinstall it and select the plug-in option in the setup wizard.
Open a Web browser and navigate to the VLC Media Player for Windows download page at Videolan.org/VLC.
Click the "Installer Package" button on the Web page and click "Save" in your browser to save the installer file to your computer.
Double-click the downloaded file on your desktop and click "Run" to launch the installer. Click "Yes" if a User Account Control prompt window appears.
Click "Yes" if you are asked to remove the currently installed VLC Media Player from your system. Click "Next," "Uninstall" and then click "Finish."
Click the "Next" button twice when the VLC installer window opens.
Click the check boxes to the left of "Mozilla Plugin" and "ActiveX Plugin" on the "Choose Components" screen of the installer. Click "Next."
Click the "Install" button and click "Finish" once VLC finishes installing.
Close all open Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and other browser windows. Re-open your Web browser and the VLC plug-in will be ready for use.
The ActiveX plug-in is used by Internet Explorer and the Mozilla plug-in is used by Mozilla Firefox and other Web browsers. If you only want the VLC plug-in installed for certain browsers, you can opt to install just one of these plug-ins by clicking the applicable check boxes.