What is the best FREE DVD Decoder ?

Hi i have a Gateway computer that came with a DVD Player / Recorder etc.

And now when i try to play i get this error that i dont have a DVD Decoder.

I had to resently reinstall my OS etc and now i dont have a DVD Decoder.

My computers restore was on hard drive. but this crash so i had to reinstall from scratch from friend OS cd and i just use my OEM key sticker that is on computer.

But not i have this problem i dont want to spend anymore is there any free solutions to this and EVEN BETTER This and free Recording software as well ?
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dbruntonConnect With a Mentor Commented:
VLC http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

That should do it for you.
I would go to Gateway support site and download the driver the Codex should be included
try KMPlayer for all your playback needs

and for CD/DVD authoring try CDBurnerXP
(make sure you have .NET installed - http://www.microsoft.com/NET/)
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Windows Media Player will play DVD's all you need is this "Essentials" pack http://download.cnet.com/Windows-Essentials-Media-Codec-Pack/3000-2140_4-10662709.html

As far as ripping and buring, you'll have to pay for it if you don't want spyware and you want something that will actually rip/burn protected DVD's.  I suggets Easy DVD Clone. There is a short trial period so you can see if you like the simplicity and possibly the 'lack of features'.  http://download.cnet.com/Easy-DVD-Clone/3000-7970_4-10416957.html
ThekiddotusAuthor Commented:
Hey Xnatex 21 i try the Windows Media Player will play DVD's all you need is this "Essentials" pack
After downloading and restarting computer. I was able to play dvd's with the player that it came with.
However i was still not able to play DVD with the windows Media Center it still gives me DVD Decoder Error.

Any ideas how i can get to let me play with the windows media center ? BTW i have Windows XP Media Center ED.
Hi Thekiddotus,
This is a little more technical than usual but try reading this solution and giving it a try. http://en.kioskea.net/faq/sujet-1471-playing-dvd-with-windows-media-player-using-dvd-pack

There is a download and you have to make one edit to the registry.

Good Luck,
☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Currently there is only one "free" decoder available for XP and Windows Media Centre which is the Cyberlink MPEG2 Decoder bundled with the K-Lite Codec Pack.
Otherwise you might find you have a DVD bundled with your PC from the DVD hardware provider (although it is most likely that you've had this provided on the partition you erased)

The K-Lite pack is here:
ThekiddotusAuthor Commented:
Ok i will check on this and see what one works best thanks.
ThekiddotusAuthor Commented:
I am still testing this and will get back with everyone soon.
VLC (video lan ) has a free  GNU decoder.  
here's the link for VLC http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-windows.html

it plays almost anything and it's free.
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