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Windows 8 Pro Media Pack Upgrade still not adding Blu Ray

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    Quote Originally Posted by chocoholic View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Without third party software, NO


    With third party software, Yes.

    Making Windows Media Center available in Windows 8 - Building Windows 8 - Site Home - MSDN Blogs


    Given the changing landscape, the cost of decoder licensing, and the importance of a straight forward edition plan, we’ve decided to make Windows Media Center available to Windows 8 customers via the Add Features to Windows 8 control panel (formerly known as Windows Anytime Upgrade). This ensures that customers who are interested in Media Center have a convenient way to get it. Windows Media Player will continue to be available in all editions, but without DVD playback support. For optical discs playback on new Windows 8 devices, we are going to rely on the many quality solutions on the market, which provide great experiences for both DVD and Blu-ray.
    ANd finally the answer. Thanks so much for the clarification. I don't know why my dvds play fine considering what that quote says, but it at least explains why I get no blu ray support.

    It is crappy of Lite-on to not include even a LEW version of software for Blu Ray, but I didn't exactly pay top dollar so I can't complain too much. If I'd bought the burner in a retail store in a boxed edition, I would have surely paid another $50 and probably got only a trial version of software or limited features. I'll find myself a deal on some thrid party or freeware solution, either now or in the future...I was mainly just putting this in my new build to future proof it so I can eliminate as many case opens as possible (if you saw where my rig is located and how many cables go in and out, you'd know why I don't like messing around with it once it's set up. Thanks again.
    As you've seen, Windows Media Center supports DVD playback. It's an added cost extra ($10US, I believe), which Microsoft is currently offering for free. I don't recall when that special offer ends.

    I agree that you've missed little by not getting bundled player software. I know of no freeware that will play BluRay disks, although there may be some that'll run if you have copyright circumvention software (like AnyDVD) installed. Probably won't save you money, in the net.

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    WIndows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by chocoholic View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Without third party software, NO


    With third party software, Yes.

    Making Windows Media Center available in Windows 8 - Building Windows 8 - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

    ANd finally the answer. Thanks so much for the clarification. I don't know why my dvds play fine considering what that quote says, but it at least explains why I get no blu ray support.

    It is crappy of Lite-on to not include even a LEW version of software for Blu Ray, but I didn't exactly pay top dollar so I can't complain too much. If I'd bought the burner in a retail store in a boxed edition, I would have surely paid another $50 and probably got only a trial version of software or limited features. I'll find myself a deal on some thrid party or freeware solution, either now or in the future...I was mainly just putting this in my new build to future proof it so I can eliminate as many case opens as possible (if you saw where my rig is located and how many cables go in and out, you'd know why I don't like messing around with it once it's set up. Thanks again.
    As you've seen, Windows Media Center supports DVD playback. It's an added cost extra ($10US, I believe), which Microsoft is currently offering for free. I don't recall when that special offer ends.

    I agree that you've missed little by not getting bundled player software. I know of no freeware that will play BluRay disks, although there may be some that'll run if you have copyright circumvention software (like AnyDVD) installed. Probably won't save you money, in the net.
    Yes, that sounds about right. The main reason I wanted the blu ray drive was to back up my blu rays like I did with my DVDs as some are rather expensive and I could easily store $500 worth of backups on a $90 hdd, but it looks like no software can do this except encryption circumventing programs which for which I do not know much about the legalities. When I stored my DVD backups, it was legal in my country to rip backups for your own personal use, but I don't know if the laws have changed as I have not bought more than a few DVDs in a long time and they are so cheap I don't bother backing them up.

    Nonetheless, I never dreamed I wouldn't even be able to play the blu rays. I really do think I'm going to wish I just bought Windows 7, but I've never been very good at cutting my losses and will probably waste more time trying to make 8 do what I want it too. I also wish I had just not even bothered to by a blu ray drive and I suggest anyone reading this who hasn't bought one consider if they really need it and maybe hold off until they drop in price and the software issues are solved (I looked at reviews of some commercial software like Cyberlink and there was a lot of complaints about blu ray performance.)

    Thanks for your input everyone. I've pretty much got my answers so I marked the post as solved, but feel free to post additional questions and comments.
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