This article http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/expert/bridgman02april15.mspx may help explain things. Basically MS (and/or your PC manufacturer, depending on who you want to blame) didn't include a DVD codec for WMP. Thanks, guys!!
There are plenty of places willing to SELL you such a codec, but I know I was able to find a freeware DVD player - although I can't remember where...
ETA: DScaler link
The VLC Media Player is a great DVD/Mpeg2 Player and it's free.
It can be downloaded here:
If you prefer Win Media Player, you can download and install the DScaler5008 Codec (it's an executable).
As Ed referenced above, it's free and can be found on CNET at this link:
Although I run both Players, my preference leans towards the VLC Player...
Thanks, Ed.............you guys are good!
I've said it more than once......all you guys are GOOD!
At one time, WMP (Windows Media Player) did handle DVD-Videos (MPEG-2). Not THAT many versions ago, MS stripped that capability from the shipped/installed versions of WMP, to "stop piracy" of DVD-Videos. Now, one must use either plug-ins, or a dedicated DVD sofware player. I find that Cyberlink's PowerDVD to be a good one, and is often loaded with most computers with a multi-drive. Others like different software players and some like the plug-ins.
Others have hit it correctly - your WMP, as installed, just cannot decode the MPEG-2 files contained in the .VOB(s).
Thanks, Hunt. I appreciate your input. Joe