How to Install Free DVD Decoder for Windows XP

By Robert Mayer

Installing a free DVD decoder is easy and quick. Many options exist such as VLC media player and HandBrake. VLC and HandBrake are open source and completely free, requiring no purchase and will not expire after 30 days of use. HandBrake has many presets for commonly used devices like ipods, phones, and media players. VLC lacks this ease of use but does offer the ability to play everything according to it's website. It is only legal to backup DVDs with permission from the creator of the DVD.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with DVD drive
  • Internet connection
  • Microsoft .net Framework 3.5

Installing a Free DVD Decoder

Step 1

Navigate to the Framework website listed in the references and click "Download." Launch the file you just downloaded and follow the onscreen instructions to finish the installation. If the current version of Microsoft .net Framework is already on the computer, you can skip this step.

Step 2

Open an Internet browser and navigate to the HandBrake or VLC download site listed in the references. Select the version of the software supported by the computer and click "Download." HandBrake and VLC will work with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. If the download does not start automatically, click the "direct link" and the download should start.

Step 3

Install the DVD decoder VLC or HandBrake by double clicking on the file you downloaded in Step 2. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the installation.

Tips & Warnings

  • It is illegal to decode any DVD without permission from the owner of the material on the DVD.