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Old 01-22-2015, 02:32 PM
 
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I picked up a DVD at the library awhile ago and would like to play it. It's a BBC program. It's in the drive. How how how do I get it to PLAY? Where will I find the word PLAY in windows 8,1?????????? I've had a computer for 20 years and can't figure out how to do it.
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Old 01-22-2015, 02:41 PM
 
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download and install a program called VLC if the windows mediaplayer won't do it. windows 8 sorta blows if you have used a computer before.
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Old 01-22-2015, 02:51 PM
 
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IIRC Windows 7 was the only version of Windows that could play DVDs out of the box, all others require a proper decoder be installed. Usually an OEM PC (Dell, HP, etc) will include such software.

VLC or Gom Player should get the job done.
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Old 01-22-2015, 02:58 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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The advice above is correct about Windows 8. It can read data DVDs, but if you want to play DVD's, you need to get some software. I have used VLC over the years, it should solve your problems. It is free, here is their website: http://www.videolan.org/

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Old 01-22-2015, 05:14 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Play DVDs - Windows Help

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If you want to play DVDs on your PC, all you need is a DVD drive and the right app. You can browse the Windows Store to get apps that play DVD
hilarious!
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Old 01-22-2015, 05:26 PM
 
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I downloaded VLC soon after it was first mentioned and it works fine. I think the people who put Windows 8.1 together must have been told to create a system far removed from what came before. It will be interested to see what this windows 10 brings.
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Old 01-22-2015, 09:22 PM
 
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hilarious!
DVD's(the movie ones) use MPEG2 and Dolby codec's which are proprietary, MS has to license them and the cost would be added to the OS.

VLC is apparently based in France and can avoid the licensing fees.


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VideoLAN - Legal
Patents and codec licenses

Neither French law nor European conventions recognize software as patentable (see French section below).
Therefore, software patents licenses do not apply on VideoLAN software.
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Old 01-23-2015, 08:15 AM
 
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What he said. In fact, only Windows 7 played DVD's right out of the install. Back in the old 98 days, the Vendor always included DVD software.
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Old 01-23-2015, 11:22 AM
 
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What he said. In fact, only Windows 7 played DVD's right out of the install. Back in the old 98 days, the Vendor always included DVD software.
Just another little surprise Microsoft didn't include in Windows 8.
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Old 01-23-2015, 11:29 AM
 
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Just another little surprise Microsoft didn't include in Windows 8.
Or Vista, or XP, or.....
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