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  1. #1

    Posts : 32
    Windows 8 PRO

    Video wont play

    I have a collection of Digital Photographer tutorials on DVDs from about 2006.

    They used to play fine on Windows 7 but on Windows 8 although the DVDs load they will not play the enclosed video content. A label saying a plug-in is not loaded is displayed.

    What plug-in is required and where can I find it?

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  2. #2

    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise

    not sure what program you are trying to view them with ,therefor i don't know what plugin it might be ,
    but I use a very popular media player to view my dvd's,good luck ,VLC Player VideoLAN - Official page for VLC media player, the Open Source video framework!
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  3. #3

    Are those regular DVDs, as might be used for theatrical movies?

    Windows 7 included codecs to play regular DVDs. Windows 8 does not.

    The Windows Media Center includes the ability to play DVDs. If you have Win8 Pro, you can add it for $10US.

    Add features - Microsoft Windows

    Apparently, if you don't have Pro, you can only get it with the Pro Pack, which upgrade you to Win9 Pro with Media Center.

    There may be freeware or other options that allow you to play DVDs. I suggest avoiding CyberLink products: they're a bit too aggressive in pushing expensive updates.
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  4. #4

    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,846
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64

    You can use VLC or KMPlayer: KMPMedia . They both have their own built in codecs/plugins and can play almost anything.

    Never install any codec pack as they tend to create all kind of conflicting problems later on.

    Be careful when installing freeware, make sure you untick all the additional advertisement offers.

    I prefer KMPlayer with all the additional features and Skins that you can customize. Here's the screenshot of KMPlayer:

    Click image for larger version
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