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DVD's won't play in Windows Media Player

  1. #1


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    DVD's won't play in Windows Media Player


    When I try to view a DVD, autorun does not start and the DVD will not play. When I manually open the DVD all the files are there but when I click on one, I get an error message saing that Windows Media player cannot open the file. It workd fine in Windows 7!

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  2. #2


    I don't get the error message but Windows Media Player refuses to play any DVD or DVD file. It's been this way from the start.

    Windows Media Center does work for DVD's so I've been using that.

    Maybe somebody has this working?
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  3. #3


    INDIA
    Posts : 148
    Windows 8 RP, Windows 7


    Well guys if you have codecs related issue and getting error like this:

    Click image for larger version

    then you can try Win7Codecs.

    Hope this helps
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  4. #4


    Las Vegas, NV
    Posts : 76
    Win 8.1 Update 1 Pro 32-bit


    I have all Win7Codecs installed and it doesn't solve the issue. As far as I can tell Media Player doesn't even see the DVD drive. Which is somewhat odd as Media Center does see it and the two are interconnected. Wellll....At least they were in previous versions.

    John
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  5. #5


    INDIA
    Posts : 148
    Windows 8 RP, Windows 7


    Hmmm.... so your DVD drive isn't visible, right?

    TRY THIS COMMAND & SEE IF IT WORKS:

    reg.exe add “HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\atapi\Controller0” /f /v EnumDevice1 /t REG_DWORD /d 0×00000001
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  6. #6


    Las Vegas, NV
    Posts : 76
    Win 8.1 Update 1 Pro 32-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by kapilarya View Post
    Hmmm.... so your DVD drive isn't visible, right?

    TRY THIS COMMAND & SEE IF IT WORKS:

    reg.exe add “HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\atapi\Controller0” /f /v EnumDevice1 /t REG_DWORD /d 0×00000001
    As DVD's are visible in Windows Explorer and Windows Media Center, this registry command probably won't have much of an effect.

    The problem which started this thread boils down to this... Windows 8 Media Player, although visibly the same as Win 7's MP, it's different in that it does not play DVD's or Blu-ray's. You must use Windows Media Center or a third-party app to do this. It just the way the code has been written for Win 8.

    John
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there
    not the answer to your question but a get around.
    Just download VLC player -- works on almost every known video codec in the entire universe.
    VideoLAN - Official page for VLC media player, the Open Source video framework!

    (I know it's not what you asked for but it works !!! and I haven't yet found a DVD it won't play.)

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    INDIA
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    Windows 8 RP, Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there
    not the answer to your question but a get around.
    Just download VLC player -- works on almost every known video codec in the entire universe.
    VideoLAN - Official page for VLC media player, the Open Source video framework!

    (I know it's not what you asked for but it works !!! and I haven't yet found a DVD it won't play.)

    Cheers
    jimbo
    One more similar option is Media Player Classic, which can do the same job as VLC do.
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  9. #9


    This must be a bug or something because Msoft said they are going to remove WMC from the final version and instead "charge you extra for it" and if WMP doesn't work then by default you will not be able to play a DVD in the final version of Windows 8 at all without having to either purchase WMC or you will need to install a third party DVD player which is utterly and profoundly ridiculous.

    Windows 8 = FAIL if that is the case.
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  10. #10


    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Quote Originally Posted by kapilarya View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there
    not the answer to your question but a get around.
    Just download VLC player -- works on almost every known video codec in the entire universe.
    VideoLAN - Official page for VLC media player, the Open Source video framework!

    (I know it's not what you asked for but it works !!! and I haven't yet found a DVD it won't play.)

    Cheers
    jimbo
    One more similar option is Media Player Classic, which can do the same job as VLC do.
    Hi there
    thanks for the reply --but THIS IMO is a no no. Quote from the download site.

    .......................The only caveat is that you must download a complete set of codecs to play your favourite video formats. Media Player Classic also easily loads and plays DVDs. We liked how you can easily increase or decrease playback speed. ...................


    You need to download extra stuff.

    VLC is complete -- no messing around with extra codecs to download from some "Scrobbit site" which will pester you "Ad Nauseam" with emails to "Buy this or that".

    Cheers
    jimbo
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