WMV movies downloaded or purchased from Amazon Unbox, BBC iPlayer, Windows Media Player Center, etc. are locked by Microsoft's PlayForSure DRM protection. Due to the DRM, you can only play your WMV video files on specified PCs, devices and media players. However, there are many occasions when you want to watch them on unauthorized devices or media players like iPhone, iPad, iPod,iTunes, etc. Therefore, you'll need to remove DRM protection from WMV files. Don't want to spend any money on commercial software? Here we go.
Below are the top 3 WMV DRM removal freeware that can help you remove WMV DRM for free with no time limit or watermarks.
FairUse4WM is a free lossless DRM removal tool to strip DRM protection from WMV, ASF and WMA files if you have the valid licenses and can play the DRM-protected files on your computer smoothly. It is in fact a GUI version of drmdbg and just removes DRM header of the media files instead of converting the original files.
FairUse4WM well supports Windows Media Player 9, 10 and 11. However, it doesn't work in Windows 7. If you're using a Windows 7, please turn to other free WMV DRM Removal or FairUse4WM alternative for Windows 7.
Another great lossless WMV DRM Removal freeware is Automate unDRM v2.0. It can help you remove DRM protection from WMV, ASF and WMA files, which is the same as FairUse4WM. And you also need to have the valid licenses to play your DRM files well on your computer. Note that Automate unDRM v2.0 is included in a download pack instead of being a standalone download. If you want to strip WMV DRM with Automate unDRM v2.0, you'll need to download drmdbg. It only works with Windows Media Player 9 or 10.00.00.3646 unless you upgrade the drbdbg.exe file. Currently it only works in Window XP and FairUse4WM is recommended as to good replacement.
freeme2 is a free open source lossless DRM remover to strip DRM protection from WMV and WMA files. It's a command line application. That mean you'll need to learn how to console applications in order to use it. This tool is only available for Windows XP now and you need to use Windows Media Player 11 without any updates and individualize your system, download the latest version of drmdbg, etc., which is a little complicated for a newbie.
Though there are some free WMV DRM strippers, they all have many drawbacks. Here the best DRM tool to help your bypass WMV DRM - Aimersoft Remove DRM is highly recommended. With it, you can convert DRM-protected WMV got from Amazon Unbox, BBC iPlayer, CinemaNow, Blockbuster, Windows Media Center, etc. to any popular video/audio format like MP4, MOV, MKV, FLV, AVI, WMV, etc. without any limitations in three simple steps.
1. Click Add to load the DRM-protected WMV videos to the program for conversion.
2. Click Video Files to and select a proper output video format from the drop-down-list.
3. Click Start the begin removing DRM protection from WMV files and convert them to your desired format.
Below is the video tutorial on how to remove DRM protection: