Windows 8 won't support DVD, Blu-ray playback by default

By Jos ¬∑ 40 replies
May 4, 2012
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  1. tomkaten

    tomkaten TS Maniac Posts: 221   +142

    Thinking that I'm the Newegg expert when you don't know the first thing about me kinda shows who's the man and who's the child here.

    And driving myself deaf with jackhammers so I don't hear the optical drive in the house is not my idea of fun, but if it suits you, go for it. I already have a moderate case of tinnitus and it's not drug-induced.
  2. Back on topic...

    I don't think this was a surprise to anyone who saw the underlying reasons for the metro interface with windows 8 nor will the other changes incoming be a surprise.

    I couldn't care less tbh Win 8 offers nothing for my buisness and its 48 employees we will stick with windows 7, the general feeling among the IT staff is also that Windows 8 will be another move MS's bean counter dept think is good yet the underlying features of windows 8 offer little and only end up costing a buisness or a end home user more expenditure aswell as more time re learning a cumbersome interface.
  3. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,739   +417

    I read about 20% of these replies, so if you guys want to tear me a new one for missing something, go ahead.

    IMO, great. I know I've been a pretty big supporter of Win 8 here, but I supported it before this was announced. The fact is, tech moves, people get pissed, tech still moves, people adapt. Everyone hates Apple here, but they never used a 2 button mouse, they killed floppies earlier than PCs did, and they got rid of CD/DVD drives before everyone.

    So what I want to say is, for all of you defending this move by Microsoft, what was your stance on similar moves by Apple? If you didn't support Apple's decision, then man up and give an explanation why, because otherwise you are just a hypocrite.
  4. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Evangelist Posts: 925   +31

    there was one time WMP11 refuse to play a DVD because it's region restricted. Opened up PowerDVD and it plays perfectly. From that moment I'm not going to bother playing DVD using WMP anymore. plenty of free software and codec packs are available for you to literally play anything, including bunch of formats that Windows Media Center does not support.
  5. This means nothing to me since I made up my mind long ago that windows 8 will NEVER be on my PC. Think of Intels "tic-toc" and wait for the toc. Vista = tic, 7 = toc.

    3DCGMODELER TS Enthusiast Posts: 307   +18

    I still running Windows XP Professional 64 bit....
    I have Windows 7 as a secound booter...
    All though, 99 % of the time, I boot up in Win XP Pro 64, Windows 7.
    I boot into that JUST to see if it os STILL there and has not disappeared,
    or I might accidentally delete it..

    Opps I deleted Windows 7 by accident... Oppss.. oh well never use it any ways..

    To much of a resource hog any ways...

  7. To the guest above: You're doing something wrong because 7 runs MUCH better than XP on the same hardware.
  8. Phraun

    Phraun TS Rookie Posts: 35

    If you were a real badass, you'd upgrade to DOS. XP is a total resource hog, and GUIs are SO passé.
  9. Peeps r always unwillin to embrace d future, optical drive has seen its maturity.
  10. from looking at this 8 sucks....stay with windows 7 or better yet xp. protect on win8 to let them know we mean business so they don't try to cut back. Win7 needs a patch because windows explorer keep fading the screen. Not sure if this is a bug. win 7 can do a lot of stuff vista cannot...just bring out 1 high end version and stop shipping pc with home premium version that high % of your stuff won't work. with win 8 you will be lucky anything you now have will work. With win7 I was very surprise many (but not all that I tried ) software made for 3.1 and me was working I got back many good oldie program I thought I never will see myself using it again. fyi: for windows 7 all fonts (ttf) from windows 3.1 was working especially those you once used for many years and want to keep them but for windows 8 who knows? forget 8 stay with 7 or xp.

    now if you are running a pc with 2 or more language other the English how is this win8 is going to support it where your software or whatever you are running was made for xp and down? will it work? sorry many tested and do work with windows 7 and lower.
    stay with 7 and lower forget 8.

    The rule of the game is if you have a computer and is running what you want no problem stay with it don't mess around....Any ohhhh ahhhh or sales person talk attacking at you may end up in financial hardship and worst yet if you are not it or technical you better have a lot of $ for tech support and guess what those tech will be and may be new to win8 too. worth this risk?
  11. EEatGDL

    EEatGDL TS Evangelist Posts: 560   +237

    Absolutely agree, why everyone complains if stadistically almost noone uses Microsoft's Media Center unless they intend to use the PC as such. For DVD, well, there's a lot of non-physical options people are adopting like streaming or buying the movie in iTunes, not to mention the illicit sources.
  12. I don't mind buying WMC as an add-on, I understand. Licensing codecs costs money. If I DO buy a media center add-on it at least should give me the ability to play Bluray disks in addition to DVD
  13. Memphis Eddie

    Memphis Eddie TS Rookie

    Should it? Yes. Will it? No.
    Microsoft is not anti Blu-ray
    And if it were me producing an OS My answer would be
    No way No how, Nada, Zip
    I want the lowest cost OS
    Low $$$
    If I or Microsoft added DVD or Blu-ray I and Microsoft has to charge more
    Not just a little more
    A lot $$$$ more.
    Let me chose which software I want to add to my OS
    I and Microsoft want to give the world the cheapest OS with the lowest $
    I want the lowest cost OS. And if that means nixing DVD and Blu-ray so be it!
    I have a 1080p 50" plasma viewing Blu-ray or DVDs with windows 8 or windows 7 or my Blu-ray players I see no or very little improvement. I rent Blu-ray's but it more for kicks not for a better viewing.
  14. So DVD/Cd media should just die because it's so much nicer to buy compressed music and movies from a smaller vendor pool? Because monopolies such as Apple and Amazon being our only source of these low quality compressed movies/music is a desired thing? Sorry, I like freedom of choice and the ability to go purchase a physical copy of movies or music that I can play in my computer, a friends DVD player, or in my car and buy it wherever and from whomever I choose. When was the last time you bought a used MP3 on e-bay for a bargain price? And 3rd party software? On Windows? I guess no one here ever tried to burn a DVD using 3rd part software on Win. XP and then found that half the DVD players out there wouldn't even play it. And the stability issues that InCD and DLA created were a whole other migraine to deal with. My computer is my entertainment center, DVD player with surround sound speakers. I find the whole Television, DVD player, receiver and surround sound speakers to be very 1990's. Very soon I will be buying a copy of Windows 7 and sticking with it for a very long time.
  15. The user license for windows 8 is way cheaper than any other version of windows so I have no problem with them not including the playback software. there are numerous other choices out there that work better than media player anyhow.
  16. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,754   +2,429

    Well.....the Windows Media Player in Windows 7 is pretty damned good. And, I've seen W7 Home Premium for as low as $80.00.

    Keep looking though, I'm sure you'll find a flimsy reason to justify M$'s direction, or a relatively lame excuse to use W 8 on a desk top....;)

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