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None of the MPEG-2 codecs recommended on the WMP help page are available free.
Without installing a codec pack, or (at this stage) installing another media player, are there any recommended free MPEG-2 codecs out there that will give me DVD playback in WMP 11?

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I'm looking for just the specific codecs that will do the job rather than an all encompassing codec pack which may have unforseen detrimental effects.

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My answer has been deleted since it did not answer your question. –  alex Oct 9 '09 at 6:22

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Most MPEG-2 codecs are hard to find by themselves, as nowadays most people just download codec packs and don't bother with individual codecs. You can download such a codec pack and then extract the ones that interest you.

The latest K-Lite pack contains two MPEG-2 codecs:

  • MPEG-2 (Cyberlink) [version 8.4.0.205]
  • MPEG-2 (Gabest) [version 1.0.0.4]

If you want a very complete codec pack, use the K-Lite Mega Codec Pack. It is the K-Lite variant with the most codecs. However, as far as MPEG-2 codecs are concerned, only these two codecs are included in all K-Lite versions.

To find a codec's filename, you can use InstalledCodec :

InstalledCodec is a small utility displays the list of all Codec drivers and DirectShow filters currently installed on your system. For each component the following information is displayed: Display Name, Type, Disabled Status, Installed/Modified Time, Description, Company Name, Filename, and more...

Installing a codec is normally only a matter of copying it to its place (normally system32) and issuing regsvr32 on it. See this guide:
How to install/uninstall DLL and AX codec/filter files

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He just said in a comment he doesn't want a codec pack. –  alex Oct 8 '09 at 18:20
    
He edited that AFTER I gave my answer. So I edited my answer as well. –  harrymc Oct 9 '09 at 6:07
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"Without installing a codec pack" was in the original question :¬) –  pelms Oct 9 '09 at 8:15
    
Installed and uninstalled, just to get the codecs. Also, the installation is fully parametrized, so one can just install the minimum. –  harrymc Oct 9 '09 at 13:16
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I came accross the GPL MPEG-1/2 DirectShow Decoder Filter which gives DVD playback in WMP.

The only possible problem was a warning from the Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility that it does not support synchronization - not a problem for me.

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You should consider marking your answer as accepted if it actually solved your problem. –  alex Oct 9 '09 at 11:01
    
@alex: Just leaving it for a while in case anyone knows of anything better. –  pelms Oct 9 '09 at 11:59
    
That's a good idea. I wanted to suggest that as well. –  alex Oct 10 '09 at 6:08
    
I installed this codec, but I still do not have sound with DVD's in windows media player. –  systemovich Jan 3 '10 at 0:25

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