Windows 10: WMP DVD Playback Restoration

  1. RECONBunny's Avatar
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       24 Dec 2017 #1

    WMP DVD Playback Restoration


    So we all know since Windows 8 Microsoft has scrubbed the DVD playback ability of WMP. My question is what exactly did they do and how can I hack it back in? I use VLC Media Player for mostly everything. I've tried to figure this out for a long time but now I am just in the proof of concept phase in trying to make it work.

    Anyone have ANY idea? Is it a simple DLL file? What did they do?
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  2.    24 Dec 2017 #2

    RECONBunny said: View Post
    So we all know since Windows 8 Microsoft has scrubbed the DVD playback ability of WMP. My question is what exactly did they do and how can I hack it back in? I use VLC Media Player for mostly everything. I've tried to figure this out for a long time but now I am just in the proof of concept phase in trying to make it work.

    Anyone have ANY idea? Is it a simple DLL file? What did they do?
    It's been researched extensively and I haven't come across a solution!

    Just keep using VLC or some other.

    Or, find and install Windows Media Center re-pack:

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       24 Dec 2017 #3

    RECONBunny said: View Post
    So we all know since Windows 8 Microsoft has scrubbed the DVD playback ability of WMP. My question is what exactly did they do and how can I hack it back in? I use VLC Media Player for mostly everything. I've tried to figure this out for a long time but now I am just in the proof of concept phase in trying to make it work.

    Anyone have ANY idea? Is it a simple DLL file? What did they do?
    CODECS are needed: Free Download DVD Codec for Windows 10 to Play DVDs
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  4.    25 Dec 2017 #4

    Cliff S said: View Post
    You still need a 3rd party utility, Windows Media Player cannot and will not register the codecs.
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       25 Dec 2017 #5

    Edwin said: View Post
    You still need a 3rd party utility, Windows Media Player cannot and will not register the codecs.
    Ok.
    I have a blu ray home cinema and don't watch DVD movies on a little tiny 27" monitor screen, but remember seeing this a while ago.:)
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  6.    25 Dec 2017 #6

    Cliff S said: View Post
    ......and don't watch DVD movies on a little tiny 27" monitor screen......
    Me neither!

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       25 Dec 2017 #8

    So nobody has any clue what Microsoft did to the program so it doesn't have the options to play DVD's anymore? Is it possible to hack in an older WMP for Windows 10? I am dual booting Windows 7 is it possible to swap that one into 10?
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  9.    02 Jan 2018 #9

    I had forgotten how nearly seamlessly WMP used to handle DVD's!
    (Might try and port this over!)

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  10.    03 Jan 2018 #10

    Hi folks

    Whats's a "DVD" ?????

    Does anybody still use those these days. I got rid of mine a long time ago - ripped to .ISO with AnyDVD and simply play them on my large TV by streaming them from Server to Amazon Fire TV box (the older sensible version which also handles UHD format) and using Kodi to play them/ Kodi installs seamlessly on all versions of Amazon Fire TV boxes / sticks.

    Blu Ray content or at least a load more UHD TV content (4K) is available on things like Netflix and watching those types of films on a small screen is a total waste of the format -- seriously if you are watching on a mobile phone can you really see much difference between 780p and 4K even if the phone has ultra high resolution. On a large TV the difference is easy to spot and the whole enjoyment is much better.

    Old software that doesn't work should just be allowed to retire peacefully - or if you Must use these legacy applications run the old OS as a Virtual machine then it will work just fine for as long as you want --these days playing Video on a VM is not a problem any more on today's hardware -- a few year ago that would have been a problem - not these days.

    Cheers
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