Going nuts trying to watch videos in H.264 and XviD.

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I have two videos in H.264 and two in XviD that I want to watch. Winamp and WMP both played audio only, so I took a romp at free-codecs.com, and downloaded the DivX player which of course was also no help. Continuing my romp, I downloaded an H.264 codec and it basically unfolded to put a dll file in my system32 folder. WTH do I do with this? I tried getting WMP and Winamp to install it as a plugin by opening it in each program's respective plugin menus but neither one did anything with it (which I expected, but still frustrating). Then I downloaded a program called Core Media Player which claims to support tons of various codecs, including H.264. I like the player but when I try to open the videos in it it says:

Core Media Player said:
> TCMP's Core can not render the file : C:\filename.avi
> Some of the streams in this movie are in an unsupported format.
OKWTF? What am I supposed to do here? How can I watch these damn videos?

So I gave up and moved on to the XviD ones. Core flat out said it didn't do XviD, so I went back to free-codecs and downloaded the XviD pack, which claims to decode and encode XviD videos and even has a "decoder properties" program but otherwise seems visibly to be just a set of small utilities which have nothing to do with actually decoding or watching the video files, and I can't figure out what they do anyway.

Any thoughts? Anyone? How can I watch these damn things? (The H.264 ones are a more pressing concern.)

Thanks in advance!
 
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