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Can't play DVDs since 8.1 update.

  1. #1


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    windows 8.1

    Can't play DVDs since 8.1 update.


    We recently got the 8.1 update on our laptop. We are now unable to play DVDs in Windows Media Center. Cannot figure out the problem. I am not liking this update.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 1,883
    7601.18247.x86fre.win7sp1


    Install ffdshow: Free Download FFDShow MPEG-4 Video Decoder 2013-12-03 and FFDShow MPEG-4 Video Decoder 2013-12-03 x64

    Then make sure it is set to decode MPEG-2, using its Video Decoder Configuration.

    That should fix it.

    MPC-HC is a great alternative to use, instead.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2
    windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by MasterChief View Post
    Install ffdshow: Free Download FFDShow MPEG-4 Video Decoder 2013-12-03 and FFDShow MPEG-4 Video Decoder 2013-12-03 x64

    Then make sure it is set to decode MPEG-2, using its Video Decoder Configuration.

    That should fix it.

    MPC-HC is a great alternative to use, instead.
    Thank you! I downloaded MPC-HC and used that. It worked.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 1,883
    7601.18247.x86fre.win7sp1


    Quote Originally Posted by jackandjill440 View Post
    Thank you! I downloaded MPC-HC and used that. It worked.
    You're welcome.

    It uses hardware acceleration by default as part of the EVR custom renderer.

    What that means is that it uses the GPU to decode and present the video. You will notice that CPU use remains extremely low when only playing a video and doing nothing else on the system.
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  5. #5


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by MasterChief View Post
    Install ffdshow: Free Download FFDShow MPEG-4 Video Decoder 2013-12-03 and FFDShow MPEG-4 Video Decoder 2013-12-03 x64

    Then make sure it is set to decode MPEG-2, using its Video Decoder Configuration.

    That should fix it.

    MPC-HC is a great alternative to use, instead.

    Great Advice, and VLC too, VLC will play what MPC-HC cannot. Use Both.

    Use VLC for MKV and AVI files, MPC-HC for DVDs, it works really well that way. VLC needs no and has no extra codecs, for MPC HC only use that codec he said, don't get Shark Codec pack or anything similar. Just the basics.
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Can't play DVDs since 8.1 update.
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