Do I need a DVD software to read data files on DVD?

Posted: 07-15-2003, 10:14 PM

I have a Compaq Presario 1212CL laptop which has Toshiba DVD-ROM drive.
I installed Windows XP Professional.
The DVD-Drive can read CDs but not DVDs (not movie DVD but just data file
I contacted Compaq and they told me to install WinDVD.
After installation, I can read the data files on DVD.
Is it normal?
Do I need to install software to read data files on DVD?
I thought the DVD software is for decoding DVD movies.

Please teach me.


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