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Windows Media Center not playing any DVDs?

  1. #1


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center

    Windows Media Center not playing any DVDs?


    Every time I try to play any DVD in Windows Media Center, I get this error:

    "CANNOT PLAY DVD
    The DVD may be in use by another application. If all other applications are closed, the video resolution may need to be lowered or the display connection type may not support playback of the DVD."

    I know the issue is not with my physical DVD drive because of the following reasons:
    • I am presently dual-booting XP Pro SP3 and Windows 8 Pro with Media Center. The former can play DVDs just fine.
    • VLC Player on Windows 8 can also play DVDs just fine.


    I'm curious if there's any way to get this to work on Windows Media Center on Windows 8, then, because I paid for the upgrade from Pro to Pro with Media Center, after all.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    If the DVD is copy protected, and your monitor is not HDCP enabled, then that could be the problem. You wouldn't see this on XP because XP doesn't have HDCP requirements.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center


    According to this guide: How Can I Tell If My Monitor Is HDCP Compliant? | eHow my monitor (Samsung S22C350 22") is HDCP compliant.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Are you using a DVI connection or Analog or HDMI?
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  5. #5


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center


    I'm presently using a DVI connection, yes.
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