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    VLC player

    Hi, i was on windows 7 and using vlc player but now i upgraded to windows 8.1 pro it dosnt seem to play dvd's. Any idea which is the best player for windows 8?

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    Arnhem, The Netherlands
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Media Center Edition

    Hi David and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Since Windows 8 the support for DVD playback has been stripped. So with just Windows 8 (or 8.1) you can't playback DVD's.

    In order to playback DVD's you will need to install a third party software. There are many different softwarepackages available. On of the free versions is VLC Media Player (VideoLAN - Official page for VLC media player, the Open Source video framework!). VLC has DVD playback support.

    Good luck with it.


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    win8.1.1 enterprise

    VLC works for me with win8.1
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,884
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7

    Quote Originally Posted by daviditfc View Post
    Hi, i was on windows 7 and using vlc player but now i upgraded to windows 8.1 pro it dosnt seem to play dvd's. Any idea which is the best player for windows 8?

    Make sure you downloaded VLC from ONLY the link provided at

    VideoLAN - VLC: Official site - Free multimedia solutions for all OS!

    There are a few fake links that have added virii and malware.

    The default package from VideoLan.Org has no other added software and it is fully functional, the fake installers I've seem clip out some of the major abilities of VLC like the DVD player.

    But even in the authorized version, if you go into Advanced Settings, you can enable or disable the DVD playing portion, or change it. I highly suggest NOT ever changing anything unless you know exactly what it is.

    VLC deals with Windows 8/8.1's inability to play any DVD's at all. Also, if you have VLC installed, o NOT install any extra "Codec Packs" which are usually stuffed with all kinds of unwanted software. VLC can play every codec there is by default, and the program ignores any installed codecs, preferring to use it's own, non modifiable codecs.
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