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Windows 7: Win7 Starter and DVDs

03 Aug 2010   #1

Win7 Starter and DVDs

I'm trying to play a DVD (non-encrypted, plain-jane DVD) on a Win7 Starter netbook.
My first error message was something about no CODEC. So, as suggested here, I've installed Shark007. That error no longer shows up, but I have instead:

Windows Media Player cannot play DVD video. You might need to adjust your Windows display settings, [etc]

Is there anything that can be done about this error?



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03 Aug 2010   #2

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 SP1

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03 Aug 2010   #3

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Win 10 Pro x64

Have a look at this, you're pretty limited with starter.

Windows 7 Starter Limitations?

Here's some more info, some are suggesting VLC media player,

Brand new netbook, Windows 7 won't play my DVDs

VLC player,

VideoLAN - VLC: Free streaming and multimedia solutions for all OS!
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03 Aug 2010   #4


Thanks for the links. It looks like folks have had limited success even upgrading to the next Win7 package.

I just tried the Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack, and got the same message (even with a restart for good measure).

Sure wish I knew exactly what WMP is complaining about. Seems there has to be a way to make this work, since there are a few people out there that seem to have (accidentally even) made it work.

Anything else we can try?

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03 Aug 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

remove all installed codecs. reboot
afterwards, install only the shark007 codecs.
At the bottom of the settings application, check the box for SUGGESTED settings, then,
On the SWAP TAB, choose to disable the Windows Video decoder and Media Foundation

All your files should play.
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20 Aug 2010   #6

Still no go

I've done exactly all that a couple times, and still get the same error. But, I'm happy to hear you still feel it is possible!

I'm thinking of trying to run "Process Monitor" on the Win7 machine and my Vista machine and see what the differences are. I'm sure that's going to be a ton of data to wade thru, however, and I'm not looking forward to loosing all that time.

Any other ideas or settings to check?
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