I have a Vaio F series laptop with a Pioneer Blu-ray internal drive running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. After upgrading to Windows 8.1 the Blu-ray drive cannot recognize any DVD or Blu-ray media. On clicking on the D: drive in Windows Explorer this message is flashed: Format Disc/ You do not have sufficient rights to perform this operation.

I tried unsuccessfully with different players like WinDVD Pro 11, PowerDVD 13 and VLC 2.1. All are saying: No DVD/Media in drive. My internal drive is Pioneer BD RW BDR TD03. I also tried to update the firmware from Device Manager, but it's saying: Your driver is up to date. Do I have to purchase an external Blu-ray RW for playing the DVD/Blu-Ray discs or revert back to Windows 7?

  • Have you tride iDeer Blu-ray Player? Anyway I don't think it's a good idea to revert back to Windows 7. – user276087 Dec 11 '13 at 3:34

Windows 8 and 8.1 no longer have built in support for DVD or BluRay movies. Support requires licensing, and they dropped it to keep costs down.

For those who are still partial to DVDs, however, Windows 8 will offer the option to purchase Windows Media Center with DVD playback functionality via an "Add Features to Windows 8" menu.

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  • What about Blu-Ray discs? I own the Media Center Pack. Besides, it was free to those who obtained Windows 8 during the special pricing (if you obtained it at the right time). – gparyani Dec 11 '13 at 6:25
  • I dont think it includes Blu-Ray – Keltari Dec 11 '13 at 6:57

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