This may confuse folk but DVD Player Software is not free. VLC Player is free due to where the folk that write it are and the laws of the land there.
Since Microsoft would have had to pay a license fee, many Windows 8 versions can't play DVDs.
I recently installed windows 8 on my laptop and have had some problems burning dvds and playing them. Windows burning software would not work burn them and neither would imgburn or dvdflick. So i downloaded Freemake video converter and successfully burnt 30 dvds onto tesco dvd-r disks.
Every single one plays without problems on my dvd player and xbox 360 but not one will play on my laptop. They are on Pal.
The computer views them as blank dvd-rs and says they are empty not sure how this can be though as they are dvd-rs not dvd-rw so should not be re-writable.
I have tried updating the drivers for the drive but windows says it is upto date. I also uninstalled the drivers and re installed but still no luck.
Any help on this would be appreciated
It's by design that they don't play: Windows 8 doesn't come with DVD-player software. A retail DVD won't play either.
http://www.extremetech.com/computing/142796-how-to-play-dvds-and-blu-ray-discs-in-windows-8 tells more.
But it shouldn't show as empty, I think. Can you read a data-DVD?
Thanks everyone for the reply's, i should have been more clearer in my first post but i have VLC installed and i can play retail DVDs on the computer through VLC. When i insert a burnt DVD-R autoplay opens and gives me 2 options one is to burn disk and the other is do nothing. The burnt DVD-Rs also wont open directly in VLC as it says error please check log.
So basically everything works fine accept on burnt DVDs which show as empty, it literally offers the space on the disk to copy to.
I will try nero now and see if they will play but would really like to find a solution to this situation as i have burnt 30 DVDs that wont open
Hi bob, i made the DVDs using freemake video converter, i opened freemake, choose video at the top and browsed to the desired movie file. I then clicked to DVD and choose settings Pal and burn to disk when finished converting. They all converted then burnt to the DVD-Rs and as far as i could see the disks where finalized.
So the problem is freemake? not correctly burning the disks? although they do play on the xbox and dvd player.
The reason i created DVDs was so i could play the movies directly in my xbox and DVD player but also be able to play them on the computer. I gets awkward when you have to use a VGI cable to watch your movies on the TV.
Basically i just wanted to be able to play the movies on the computer, DVD player and xbox which is why i didn't just keep the avi, mp4 and mkv files on disk.
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