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Webby29

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I have recently re-installed Windows XP onto my laptop. Everything appeared to be working fine until I tried to watch a DVD. A friend told me that it was probably because I need a Windows optional software update to in order to do this. I looked at my install history and noticed that I only have critical and security updates installed. I appear to be missing all the recommended updates and I do not have an option to download and install these when I run Windows Update.

Thanks for any help,

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Hi Webby29...Welcome to G2G!

Update from the Start menu...Click "Start" point to "All Programs" and click on "Windows Update" near the top of the menu.

When you get to the update page, choose "Custom" rather than "Express"...you can then choose the updates you wish to install.

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Thanks for the attempt, but I have already tried and it does not work.

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Theory

Is there any chance you have a pirated copy of windows? MS has at times had a policy where they allowed critical updates on pirated copies, but not recommended updates.

Thinking was that a pirtated copy was a risk to others, so they were permitting critical updates. I have no idea what today's policy is, but since all my copies are legit, I have no way to test this theory.
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btw, that's really not your problem.

Since windows xp does not have a built in dvd-decoder, you need a third party dvd decoder

http://www.microsoft...n02april15.mspx has more info
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Thanks for the help. It turns out that my InterVideo Decoder is not updated enough to work with Windows Media Player 10. I am currently trying to update it and hopefully this will solve my problem.

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Theory

Is there any chance you have a pirated copy of windows? MS has at times had a policy where they allowed critical updates on pirated copies, but not recommended updates.

Thinking was that a pirtated copy was a risk to others, so they were permitting critical updates. I have no idea what today's policy is, but since all my copies are legit, I have no way to test this theory.

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GerryF,

I was reading some where, not sure if it is 100% true, and can't remember where I had read it, but I think that is one main reason for the Windows Advantage Tool.

If I remember that Windows Advantage Tool, I think also will stop security updates that are recommended if the windows is not ligit.

But In the morning I will ring microsoft and see what they say about it.
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