If you play a lot of video and use Windows Media Player, you’ve likely come across a number of files that you can’t play–you’re told you need to find a codec to handle them. Good luck finding that codec, or discovering one you don’t have to pay for. Instead, try VLC Media Player. It plays pretty much every media type you can imagine–and no doubt many you haven’t imagined. Not only will it play audio and video formats, but it will also play DVDs, VCDs, and many streaming protocols.    
— Preston Gralla  

Price: Free   
Operating Systems: Windows XP  

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