Windows 10: Windows 10 DVD Player

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  1.    13 Aug 2015 #1

    Windows 10 DVD Player


    So I noticed that the Windows 10 DVD Player was released by Microsoft. However... why is it asking me to pay $14.99 for it? I upgraded from Windows 7 Ultimate (so I have 10 Pro), and I had read that it would be free to those customers.
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  2. Posts : 705
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       13 Aug 2015 #2

    Windows DVD Player

    The Windows DVD Player app is available free for a limited time for people running Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 with Windows Media Center.

    Please note that Windows Media Center isn't included in Windows 10 and will be removed when you upgrade to Windows 10. After the upgrade completes, Windows DVD Player will download automatically to your PC.

    To be eligible for the free DVD Player app, you must upgrade your Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 PC rather than perform a clean installation. If you’re running an edition of Windows 7 or Windows 8 that doesn’t include Media Center and you upgrade to Windows 10, go to Windows Store to buy Windows DVD Player or another app that plays DVDs. Provided your PC has an optical disc drive, Windows DVD Player will play DVD movies (but not Blu‑ray Discs).
    I'm pretty sure it is only free for an upgrade installation. If you subsequently do a clean install the product is no longer free as MS servers are unable to link it your original license. (This is all from memory, so I could be wrong on this)
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  3.    13 Aug 2015 #3

    WhyMe said: View Post
    Windows DVD Player


    I'm pretty sure it is only free for an upgrade installation. If you subsequently do a clean install the product is no longer free as MS servers are unable to link it your original license. (This is all from memory, so I could be wrong on this)
    Going by your quote, I'm inclined to say that something is definitely funky here.
    I have a legit Windows 8 Pro + Media Center key that I tested out in a brand new install inside a virtual machine...

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    Confirming that I DID have Media Center on there before the upgrade. And I did do the upgrade, not a clean install.

    You can see here that it's activated post-install, but still wants me to pay $15!

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    And no, it's not installed already...


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  4. Posts : 69
    Windows 10 Pro x64, Linux
       13 Aug 2015 #4

    VLC
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  5. Posts : 705
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       13 Aug 2015 #5

    drfsupercenter said: View Post
    Confirming that I DID have Media Center on there before the upgrade. And I did do the upgrade, not a clean install.

    And no, it's not installed already...
    It should appear via windows update a little while after the upgrade according to MS

    Take a look here

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  6.    13 Aug 2015 #6

    iBawbag said: View Post
    VLC
    Not the point. I was just asking about the official one.

    And interesting. I ran the updates manually and it showed up. And it's not tied to my Microsoft account at all so if I uninstall it from the VM there's no way to get it back for free... great. I guess I'll just buy the app so I can use it on all my computers when I upgrade them to 10 as well.
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  7. Posts : 230
    Windows 10, 8.1, 7, and Vista
       13 Aug 2015 #7

    drfsupercenter said: View Post
    I guess I'll just buy the app so I can use it on all my computers when I upgrade them to 10 as well.
    WHY?????


    First of all, all these "apps" in Windows 8 and 10 are garbage.

    Second of all, this Windows DVD Player "app" specifically is HORRENDOUS. It's glitchy, buggy, and doesn't work for certain movies.

    Third, I highly highly suggest you download VLC, like someone else suggested. It's 10000000x better than Windows DVD Player, and it's completely free.

    You will be wasting $15 for something that doesn't work right.
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  8.    13 Aug 2015 #8

    bobjoe said: View Post
    WHY?????


    First of all, all these "apps" in Windows 8 and 10 are garbage.

    Second of all, this Windows DVD Player "app" specifically is HORRENDOUS. It's glitchy, buggy, and doesn't work for certain movies.

    Third, I highly highly suggest you download VLC, like someone else suggested. It's 10000000x better than Windows DVD Player, and it's completely free.

    You will be wasting $15 for something that doesn't work right.
    Again, I wasn't posting on here to ask for opinions on the software, I just wanted to know why it wasn't showing up for free for me.

    VLC sucks, while it supports almost every filetype its interface is annoying and it doesn't deinterlace DVDs automatically (or at least it didn't the last time I use it.) And I have MPC-HC, but that sometimes freezes and spazzes out on DVDs too. In Windows 7, truly nothing was better for playing movies than Windows Media Player.

    And like some of the reviewers have pointed out, other commercial software is a lot more than $15. Stuff like PowerDVD, WinDVD, and so on are $50+ so it's really not *that* bad of a price to pay. The benefit is that it's now tied to my Microsoft account and when I eventually upgrade my other machines I can just download it on there for free.
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  9. Posts : 230
    Windows 10, 8.1, 7, and Vista
       13 Aug 2015 #9

    drfsupercenter said: View Post
    Again, I wasn't posting on here to ask for opinions on the software, I just wanted to know why it wasn't showing up for free for me.

    VLC sucks, while it supports almost every filetype its interface is annoying and it doesn't deinterlace DVDs automatically (or at least it didn't the last time I use it.) And I have MPC-HC, but that sometimes freezes and spazzes out on DVDs too. In Windows 7, truly nothing was better for playing movies than Windows Media Player.

    And like some of the reviewers have pointed out, other commercial software is a lot more than $15. Stuff like PowerDVD, WinDVD, and so on are $50+ so it's really not *that* bad of a price to pay. The benefit is that it's now tied to my Microsoft account and when I eventually upgrade my other machines I can just download it on there for free.
    Look. I upgraded from W7 Home Premium, and I also got Windows DVD Player. It didn't appear instantly after I upgraded, nor did it appear after I checked for updates in Windows Updates. It's not instant. It takes a few days.


    And no, VLC does NOT suck. The interface might not be the best, but who cares? I'm using it to watch a movie fullscreen, not edit images. I don't care what the interface looks like. As long as I can set it to fullscreen, that's all that matters. Don't you think?


    Yes, but it's $15 for a garbage "app" that doesn't function properly. Just read the reviews, or go online and do some research about its flaws.


    I seriously cannot believe someone is actually PAYING for Windows DVD Player... I hope you're joking, I really do.
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  10. Posts : 192
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit
       14 Aug 2015 #10

    MPC-HC is far better for playing DVD's than VLC is. VLC actually is pretty bad at everything compared to MPC-HC. It's not as good as WMP for music and video either.
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