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Windows 7: Playing DVDs on Starter Edition

23 Nov 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Basic, 64 bit
Playing DVDs on Starter Edition

As you know, Windows 7 Starter Edition cannot be purchased--you have to get it on a netbook. Heh heh heh. Of course, some of us live in Mexico, where...never mind, the Federalies might be reading this.

Anyway, you cannot play DVDs with Starter Edition. Just suppose someone in Mexico has a regular desktop with Starter Edition (and No, it isn't me). Can you download a free DVD player for Windows 7?

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23 Nov 2011   #3

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit

That's a codec pack, not DVD player software.

Here's one I found via Google (there's a free version): Free DVD Player software for Windows|DVD Player Freeware| BlazeDVD
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23 Nov 2011   #4

ultimate 64 sp1

he don't need no steeeeenkin codec pack...just use vlc - lots of people really like it!

and it's free, and legal!
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23 Nov 2011   #5


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!
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23 Nov 2011   #6

ultimate 64 sp1

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23 Nov 2011   #7

Windows 7 Home Basic, 64 bit

I appreciate all the kind and courteous answers. I'll be recommending this thread to the geek in charge.
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23 Nov 2011   #8

Windows 7 32 bit

Many players can open DVD drives and play the contents. Another nice one is SPlayer

It seems to have a lower threshold for gpu acceleration than most players. It plays mkv, mp4 and m2ts files very nicely.. as well as HD avi SD avi and many others. Does automatic subtitle search. Generally a nice player. I'm still waiting for it to support PGS and XSub subtitles. I'd say the subtitle support is the area that could be improved. Since it does search the author is likely not that anxious to directly support embedded XSub and PGS subs.
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23 Nov 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

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.
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23 Nov 2011   #10

W7 Ult desktop, W8.1 laptop, W7 Home netbook, W8.1 tablet, Win 10 TP VM

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.
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