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Windows 7: Play DVDs/BDs while computer is locked/logged off?

25 Sep 2011   #1

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
Play DVDs/BDs while computer is locked/logged off?

Hi, I have my computer set up as a HTPC and is connected to my HDTV. The problem is, my TV only has two HD ports and I have three things to connect to it: TelusTV box, Blu-ray player, and computer.

I don't want to have to leave the computer unlocked for all to access, but I'd like it to be as easy as possible for anyone to instantly start playing a disk, preferably without logging into a guest account first.

is this possible? thanks.

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25 Sep 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

You'll need to purchase an AVR (audio/video receiver)
Everything connects to the AVR via HDMI, providng HD audio to add to your viewing experience,
and then you have a single HDMI connection from the AVR to the TV.
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25 Sep 2011   #3

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)

I have one.

It's futzy and adds a whole another layer of complexity and a really tiny remote thats easy to lose.
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28 Sep 2011   #4

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)

Actually I think I may have found a solution:

When using Windows MC I found "media only" mode, which has the ability to "lock" WMC so that you can't exit it.

Is it possible to password protect WMC (so you need a password to "unlock" or access the settings tab)?


And is it possible to create a shotcut that automatically launches WMC in locked mode when launched? thanks.
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 Play DVDs/BDs while computer is locked/logged off?

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