Many people don’t know this, but Windows XP does not come with free DVD playing software by default. Whatever DVD software they have is usually bundled in to their package when they purchased their system.
Having recently reformatted my hard disk, and having suddenly lost my ability to play any DVDs on my system, VLC media player came into the picture.
VLC is a cross-platform free software project which plays almost every video format known to man. Not only does it solve my DVD playing problems, it seems that it can play halfway downloaded files as well – Perfect for previewing the legal movies you’re downloading from bittorrent :)
Question to Readers: What other Windows Media Player alternatives have you tried for videos? Tell us in the comments!