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I have DivX but it's by far the slowest player on my WinXP netbook. It also checks for updates a crazy number of times, but I'm sure I can change that somewhere?

Is there a less resource-heavy alternative?

What file types are exclusive to DivX compared to Windows Media Player? The way I figure it, I will always have WMP for the wmv format so if it's possible to install codecs in it for all of DivX players supported files I'd do that.

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As long as the DivX codecs are installed, then you should be able to view DivX media in 3rd party players like WMP.

More info here on the DivX site:

The DivX Plus® Codec Pack includes everything you need to play DivX® or MKV files in third-party applications, like Windows Media Player.

For a good, all-around media player that plays MANY formats without the need for extra codecs, look into the VLC media player.

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