How to play dvd recording from tv on laptop

Hello, I need help.

I purchased a Samsung R120 DVD Recorder to record T.V. programs and playback on my Dell Laptop. I have done everything I know to do to get these dvd recordings to play on my laptop. The recordings will play on other players but not on laptop. Anyone have any suggestions?

Do you have any software on the laptop designed to play dvds? Something like PowerDVD or WinDVD?

If you want to try a free player, download VLC. Here is the link: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Of course I am assuming you have a dvd drive in that laptop.

Dell usually come with the Sonic version! Try downloading media player from microsft!
I think it is up to version 10!