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Playing DVD movies in Windows 8

An open-ended question (ie I havn't encountered this yet...)

Being in the UK I consider it only a matter of time until I come across the following scenario:

Windows 8 Pro N install where the End User wants DVD playback without installing all the Media Player 'add-ins' to enable it.

Will just installing codecs and then some playback software work? (ie no huge downloads from Windows Update - consider this user to only want Crtical Updates due to a slow internet connection.)

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marked as duplicate by Karan, akira, CharlieRB, 8088, Diogo Oct 30 '12 at 0:06

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Windows 8 does not have video playback ability, unless you add the Media Center add-on, so just install a third-party video player. Of course considering its free until 2013 you should claim it. – Ramhound Oct 29 '12 at 16:30
Not exactly no... I'm talking about playback without adding Media Player on N editions. Regular vanilla 8 Pro has Media Center available as an add-in. – HaydnWVN Oct 29 '12 at 16:31
Ramhound, is it possible to install codec's without adding Media Center first? – HaydnWVN Oct 29 '12 at 16:33
External codecs have nothing to do with Media Center. Also, something like VLC (mentioned in my answer) does not even use external codecs. – Karan Oct 29 '12 at 16:36
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N is without "media stuff" so as long as you find a 3rd party application that includes the relevant codecs and libraries, nothing else from Microsoft should be involved.

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Ok sounds plausible, thanks. – HaydnWVN Oct 29 '12 at 16:40

Use VLC Media Player, it supports DVD playback, and is for W8

It is a stand alone player also, not dependent on Windows for much of anything than the Windows framework.

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