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Windows 7: Playing DVDs on Starter Edition

24 Nov 2011   #11
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shark007 View Post
MilesAhead,
Splayer used to have a nasty bug where if you uninstalled Splayer,
it would break Media Centers' recognition that it can play AVI files.

Can you please test this scenario?
If you uninstall Splayer, is Media Centers' ability to recognize AVI files broken?

I'm unwilling to test Splayer because I depend on Media Center functionality.
I don't install it. I use the portable version. Also I don't use media center. I think I've purchased 1/2 dozen HP Pavilion "Media Center" PCs and never put the batteries in one of those little remote controls. I just get 'em as price/performance compromise.

I don't even have SPlayer set up in file associations. I just have a shortcut in SendTo Menu or drop a file on the window. (edit: I believe the side-effect you mention is the reason I switched away from installed version. Uninstall may leave some holes in file associations.) addendum: Shark you make a good point. I have to make a note when recommending SPlayer to always recommend the Portable version and the reason why.

edit: of course to play a physical dvd I use right click menu, Open=>DVD

I download from this page:
http://www.videohelp.com/tools/SPlayer

just search "portable" to get the .7z file.


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24 Nov 2011   #12
Vince53

Windows 7 Home Basic, 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strollin View Post
The main reason Win 7 Starter doesn't play DVDs is because since it was aimed at netbooks and most (all?) netbooks don't have DVD drives, it doesn't make much sense to include that ability.
Strollin, you have a correct view of reality. You cannot buy Starter Edition, so you can only get it pre-installed on a netbook.

But then, some of us live in Mexico...
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24 Nov 2011   #13
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there
you can always download VLC which plays DVD's and is totally FREE.

An external usb DVD reader / writer is a cheap option to add on to a netbook for DVD playing.

Cheers
jimbo
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24 Nov 2011   #14
Corazon

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Runckle_SP1 View Post
Codec pack allows him to use all types of fils as you well know!
And it comes with the WMP classic so I haven't made any mistakes and the VLC player is a load of crap!
Clearly a very objective evaluation.
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24 Nov 2011   #15
Tarka Dal

Stools
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Corazon View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Runckle_SP1 View Post
Codec pack allows him to use all types of fils as you well know!
And it comes with the WMP classic so I haven't made any mistakes and the VLC player is a load of crap!
Clearly a very objective evaluation.
Thats because I found it difficult to use.
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