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Windows Media Player has been a part of the Microsoft operating system through quite a number of versions and it remains in place in Windows 8, almost as a relic from the past. But the app is still relevant, even on modern computers.  The software has quietly moved up to version 12, though it looks little different from the past few iterations.

Microsoft has not changed much in recent updates of the app and, in fact, has lost some functionality, given that the company removed DVD playback from the software — unless you pay the extra $20 for the Media Center Pack, which requires the Pro version of the operating system.

Otherwise, you will need to install a third-party app, such as the free VLC Player, which is my recommendation. But if you wish to pay, then grab something like Power DVD.

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