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    Hi All,

    I am helping to set up a Windows 10 system for some "old school" user. He is used to using Windows Media Player to watch DVD.
    Other than paying for it at the Microsoft App store, is there free DVD or MPEG2 codec that works with Windows Media Player ?

    Thanks in advance.
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    maybe try another media player such as VLC (free) ??
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    Originally Posted by october262 View Post
    maybe try another media player such as VLC (free) ??
    I did install Media Player Classic for him but he didn't like it.
    Hard to teach old dog new tricks.

    More update:
    Just remember when I upgraded to Windows 10, I installed MPEG-2 Video Extension from Microsoft App Store for free.
    Manage to find this copy of APPX while googling.
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    I think your client needs to learn how to use software other than Windows 10's Media Player for DVD playback.

    Installing Microsoft's MPEG-2 codec would enable MPEG-2 video playback in Windows 10's Media Player but not DVD playback because the ability to navigate the DVD structure and deal with copy protection was supposed to have been removed from Windows 10's Media Player.
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  5. What about PotPlayer, or another player and WMP skin?
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    Originally Posted by usually_quiet View Post
    I think your client needs to learn how to use software other than Windows 10's Media Player for DVD playback.

    Installing Microsoft's MPEG-2 codec would enable MPEG-2 video playback in Windows 10's Media Player but not DVD playback because the ability to navigate the DVD structure and deal with copy protection was supposed to have been removed from Windows 10's Media Player.
    Thanks for the heads up.
    He hardly owns any copy right protected DVD. He is the video guy among his holidaying friends. So, he makes holiday dvd videos and handed out the DVD discs.
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    Install PowerDVD and be done with it.
    Old dogs _CAN_ learn new tricks. I should know.


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    Originally Posted by pchan View Post
    Originally Posted by usually_quiet View Post
    I think your client needs to learn how to use software other than Windows 10's Media Player for DVD playback.

    Installing Microsoft's MPEG-2 codec would enable MPEG-2 video playback in Windows 10's Media Player but not DVD playback because the ability to navigate the DVD structure and deal with copy protection was supposed to have been removed from Windows 10's Media Player.
    Thanks for the heads up.
    He hardly owns any copy right protected DVD. He is the video guy among his holidaying friends. So, he makes holiday dvd videos and handed out the DVD discs.
    Regardless, a software DVD player still needs the ability to navigate the DVD structure and understand commands, which Windows 10's Media Player cannot do anymore even with a Microsoft MPEG2 codec installed.

    Some time ago, I installed a free Microsoft MPEG-2 codec that I obtained from the Windows Store on my Windows 10 PC. To make sure that I correctly remembered what WMP does with a Microsoft MPEG-2 codec installed, I just tried playing some MPEG-2 video files and unprotected DVDs using WMP on that PC. Windows 10's Media Player can play MPEG-2 video files, including VOBs, but it cannot play DVDs.
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    Originally Posted by Cornucopia View Post
    Install PowerDVD and be done with it.
    Old dogs _CAN_ learn new tricks. I should know.


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    Originally Posted by usually_quiet View Post
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    Originally Posted by usually_quiet View Post
    I think your client needs to learn how to use software other than Windows 10's Media Player for DVD playback.

    Installing Microsoft's MPEG-2 codec would enable MPEG-2 video playback in Windows 10's Media Player but not DVD playback because the ability to navigate the DVD structure and deal with copy protection was supposed to have been removed from Windows 10's Media Player.
    Thanks for the heads up.
    He hardly owns any copy right protected DVD. He is the video guy among his holidaying friends. So, he makes holiday dvd videos and handed out the DVD discs.
    Regardless, a software DVD player still needs the ability to navigate the DVD structure and understand commands, which Windows 10's Media Player cannot do anymore even with a Microsoft MPEG2 codec installed.

    Some time ago, I installed a free Microsoft MPEG-2 codec that I obtained from the Windows Store on my Windows 10 PC. To make sure that I correctly remembered what WMP does with a Microsoft MPEG-2 codec installed, I just tried playing some MPEG-2 video files and unprotected DVDs using WMP on that PC. Windows 10's Media Player can play MPEG-2 video files, including VOBs, but it cannot play DVDs.
    WMP with MPEG-2 Video Extension should serve him fine. He would scribble the video intro on the whiteboard and take video clip and later stitch it to the main video. Low tech but it works for him. Encode to mpeg2 and burn to DVD.
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