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#921975 - 16th Jan 2015 8:43pm Windows 8.1 Playing DVDs
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Just bought a new laptop with Windows 8.1, only to find I can not play DVDs on it, any advice from the experts would be appreciated, thanks


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#921979 - 16th Jan 2015 9:11pm Re: Windows 8.1 Playing DVDs [Re: locomotive]
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#921982 - 16th Jan 2015 9:49pm Re: Windows 8.1 Playing DVDs [Re: locomotive]
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Just downloaded this and it works on my laptop.Was having the same problem but seems to be solved now.
Thankyou.x

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#921995 - 16th Jan 2015 10:35pm Re: Windows 8.1 Playing DVDs [Re: locomotive]
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if i remember right windows 8 does not come with a media player so you have to source your own

Vlan is an excellent player and will play more types of files than windows media player could.
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#922023 - 16th Jan 2015 11:57pm Re: Windows 8.1 Playing DVDs [Re: locomotive]
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Youíre not the first person to ask this, and you wonít be the last. The answer, basically, is that Windows 8 cannot play DVDs or Blu-Ray disks out of the box.
That is because the software technology for playing these disks isnít free ó Microsoft previously paid $2 for every copy of Windows sold, just for the right to use the patented technology needed to play DVDs . Considering the ever-increasing number of devices without optical drives, Microsoft decided it wasnít worth paying for features many people canít even use. Personally I use DAPlayer, 100% free blu ray software.

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#922067 - 17th Jan 2015 1:16pm Re: Windows 8.1 Playing DVDs [Re: locomotive]
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I think windows 8.1 has taken me to my Peter Principle level of competence, everything is such a pain in the backside sort out, that is if you can sort it out. Bring back MSDOS5


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#922101 - 17th Jan 2015 3:33pm Re: Windows 8.1 Playing DVDs [Re: BandyCoot]
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Thanks for the info, Vlan works brilliantly

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#922145 - 17th Jan 2015 10:29pm Re: Windows 8.1 Playing DVDs [Re: locomotive]
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I upgraded my windows 8 laptop to 8.1 pro version which gives you media centre. Also put in third party software to bring back a start menu.

All for £49.

Windows 7 gave you everything you needed and PCs came with disk drives. Now all Windows 8 gives you is a headache.

Apple Mac is the way forward.
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#922148 - 17th Jan 2015 11:46pm Re: Windows 8.1 Playing DVDs [Re: locomotive]
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Download Classic Shell to give you the start button option & feel of Windows 7 then download the likes of DAPlayer or VLAN for free to give you a descent media player, no need to pay £49.


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#922214 - 18th Jan 2015 2:34pm Re: Windows 8.1 Playing DVDs [Re: locomotive]
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Hopefully windows 10 will put it back on track again.

They always seem to do a good release and then a bad one.
When will they learn.
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