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Windows 7: playing iso files on windows 7

28 Aug 2009   #1
greener

Windows7 - 64-bit
 
 
playing iso files on windows 7

so I've backed my purchased dvd's to disk saving to an ISO but WMP cannot play. What do I need to do? I can always use VLC but it seems messy.

Curious what Microsoft suggests as far as workflow as the need to play your dvd's that you have purchased and copied to hard drive is fundamental to a media center.

I can do it with Boxee and the interface is fantastic.

please help!


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28 Aug 2009   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by greener View Post
so I've backed my purchased dvd's to disk saving to an ISO but WMP cannot play. What do I need to do? I can always use VLC but it seems messy.

Curious what Microsoft suggests as far as workflow as the need to play your dvd's that you have purchased and copied to hard drive is fundamental to a media center.

I can do it with Boxee and the interface is fantastic.

please help!
Iso's are a different format than what WMP can handle. If you had copied them uncompressed then wmp would not have a problem with them. Im the wrong person to comment since I dont use WMP, instsad I do use VLC

Ken
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28 Aug 2009   #3
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

you will have to use a virtual-drive tool.

this will 'mount' the iso, so windows will see an extra drive, with the normal dvd file/folder structure. wmp will then be able to play the movie.

i use daemon-tools for this, but other tools are available, for instance virtual clone drive.
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28 Aug 2009   #4
greener

Windows7 - 64-bit
 
 

I'd love to use VLC but the forums are riddled with quality issues of VLC and windows 7. if not, that is my solution (can you just set it as the default player in windows 7?)

once again, i'd love to hear how Microsoft was planning on people playing their dvd files with Windows 7. Surely their must have been some plan to enable people to play stored dvd files?

rg
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28 Aug 2009   #5
stereomind

W7 x86 RTM Final
 
 

Hi folks

By the way:

1. how is the best way to store DVD content on a HD in order to play it in WMC with all its functions? ISO ? in folders as the original? other?

2. Supose we have many ISO files in a library, do we have to mount each ISO file in a different drive to see all them in WMC menus?

3. I think I heard that Daemon Tools has compatibility issues with W7, is it true?

4. Inside WMC settings there is a entry to DT, may I use another mounting app there instead?


Thx u all
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28 Aug 2009   #6
greener

Windows7 - 64-bit
 
 

daemon tools, virtual clone drives - is the rest of my family supposed to figure that out
with boxee, I saved the iso to my drive - the software found the title (it might have been from IMDB). It imported all the meta data including thumbnail and the end UI is slick and easy. That is the way media centers should work.
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28 Aug 2009   #7
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stereomind View Post
Hi folks

By the way:

1. how is the best way to store DVD content on a HD in order to play it in WMC with all its functions? ISO ? in folders as the original? other?

2. Supose we have many ISO files in a library, do we have to mount each ISO file in a different drive to see all them in WMC menus?

3. I think I heard that Daemon Tools has compatibility issues with W7, is it true?

4. Inside WMC settings there is a entry to DT, may I use another mounting app there instead?


Thx u all
i've never used any media centres, so maybe i'm not the best person to answer these questions - maybe i'm wrong, and if i am, i hope someone will correct me.

1 - it seems wmc cannot handle iso files. so that option is out. saving each dvd to its own folder is a sensible option, ignoring copy protection issues. other ways include ripping the dvd and saving as an xvid or mkv - this will save a lot of drive space, but you will lose dvd menu functionality.

2 - it's not sensible to mount too many drives at once - for a start, you are limited to the letters of the alphabet (minus reserved ones).

3 - the latest daemon tools runs fine with my windows 7 rtm x64.

4 - i don't know, i've never used media centre.

it looks like you are both going to have to look at third-party alternatives to be able to use a big dvd library stored on your hard-drive.

can anybody recommend any?
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28 Aug 2009   #8
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

I convert all of my DVD's to .AVI files ... use the player of your choice..
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28 Aug 2009   #9
greener

Windows7 - 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
I convert all of my DVD's to .AVI files ... use the player of your choice..
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good if you want to rip to avi. I have not done it but I would think a full movie from vob to avi would take 2 hours +. it takes me 15 minutes from start to finish for an iso.
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28 Aug 2009   #10
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Time I have plenty of....the resultant file is 7-800mb vs 3-4gb... the advantage is obvious...
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