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Hiya

We have a laptop with Windows 8 home, and found out that you can't play dvd's :(

So, have downlaoded VLC, as most people say its the one, but it still doesn't work.

Read that going to the Store will have the codecs, but all I have in there under updates is Skype, Suduko, and 2 others (at work, memory like a sieve)

How can we play dvd's on the Windows? Its so annoying that for a week I can't paly them, but give me Windows 98 or later, and I'm fine.

Thanks for any help :)

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I just downloaded and installed VLC (2.0.5), inserted a DVD movie and it started playing after I chose the action "VLC Media player." Do you have the latest version? Are you getting any error message?
 

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If the laptop came with Windows Media Centre, which some did, even if it was not windows 8 prof, then WMC will play them, it includes the Codecs whereas WMP does not - I mention that just in case your laptop has WMC

From VLC
VLC media player for Windows has been widely used for a few years now, and it is by far the dominant platform for VLC according to our user base numbers. We estimate an installed base of about 100,000,000 individual devices on Windows only, used by consumers, professionals, companies and government agencies around the world.
The current version of VLC is able to run on Windows 8. However, it is limited to the desktop experience, hidden by default along with other classic applications behind one of the tiles (interface element of the Start screen). We want to allow users to get access to VLC from the Start screen with the full Metro experience.
To run in Metro, important parts of VLC need to be re-written or ported and an entirely new interface needs to be created. This is very time-consuming, and considering our current Windows design, we need professional designers to adapt the interface to Metro. Additionally, we would like to have it in the hands of our Windows 8 users as soon as possible
However I appreciate that you say that your VLC does not work

If the laptop is 64 bit I would try the 64 bit download of VLC, there have been reports of that working when the 32 bit would not

Alternatively I would try using it in compatibility mode or installing the 2.04 there have been reports of that working when 2.05 would not.

2.04 32 and 64
http://download.videolan.org/pub/videolan/vlc/2.0.4/


2.05 - 64 bit - is reported on some forums as not stable
http://download.videolan.org/pub/videolan/vlc/last/win64/vlc-2.0.5-win64.exe
 

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Thanks, will have a look at that all either tonight or tomorrow :)

Let you know soon

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Woohoo, its working !!!


Tried the 64-bit version, number 2.0.2, and it worked (y)

Been a long weekend, had to format and install new ram on my desktop, hence the long wait for a reply. Now, off to my other threads to play catchup.

Thanks again :)

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Pleased its sorted
Take it 2.04 would not work either then. However see 2.02 was June 2012, so not that old a version
 

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Didn't actually try the 2.04 version, just searched for 64-bit, and it was from c-net. Installed, it worked, then found out it was the older version ;)
 

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Was a bit groggy when I wrote that, I meant my other pc that was formated ;)

The laptop is Win 8, desktop win 7 :p
 
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