media player v11 on Vista home basic doesn't play DVD's ?

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by bob, Feb 25, 2007.

  1. bob

    bob Guest

    I have Vista Home Basic and loaded media player v11. When I went to play a
    DVD and I got a message saying I'm missing a necessary codec.

    why doesn't Windows Media Player v11 play DVD's ?

    when will this MS Media Player DVD codec be available ?
    will there be a patch to allow ALL versions of Vista to play DVD's ?

    a search shows that it DVD playback is only available in Vista Premiium and
    Ultimate. Why ?

    bob, Feb 25, 2007
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  2. bob

    Dale Guest

    I suggest not using Home Basic; it was a bad idea and it shouldn't exist.
    It really isn't appropriate for much more than surfing the Internet and
    doing email. Anyone who starts out on a PC thinking that's all they need
    will eventually end up in these groups trying to find the features they are
    missing. And most will end up here right away because they don't realize
    when they call Dell that all Vistas are not created equal. It's a trick to
    allow low-end pricing in the hardware price wars and the consumer loses
    every time.

    Anyway, I don't think you're going to get such a CODEC from Microsoft for
    DVDs on Home Basic. Home Premium supports it, though.

    Most DVD burners today come with free versions of otherwise commercially
    available software for viewing DVDs on Windows. Installing one of those
    apps will also install the CODEC you need - but beware. Many are
    adware/spyware - even the ones bundled on the DVD movies you buy.

    NVidia used to offer an appropriate CODEC for watching DVDs. I think they
    still do. The one I use on my Media Center with an ATI graphics card came
    directly from NVidia.

    Be careful about third-party sites with CODEC packages. The packages are
    often filled with spyware or adware or worse - along with CODECs.

    Dale, Feb 25, 2007
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  3. bob

    zachd [MSFT] Guest

    It is forthcoming for non-Premium systems through third parties. So it'll
    be there, it'll just take a bit.
    And some of the codecs themselves are either noxious (crashing) or have
    security problems (even beyond the question of legality). Even a "spyware
    free" pack isn't advisable. =\
    zachd [MSFT], Feb 25, 2007
  4. My friend's had the same problem , he's really hacked off with Vista!

    It should work as long as you have a DVD Drive on your computer shouldn't it ?

    QuickTime and Real player play DVD's on my dad's computer.
    Will from england, Feb 26, 2007
  5. The MPEG2 decoder used for playback of DVD videos must be licensed,
    and the licenses cost money. The cost is part of the OS price in home
    premium and ultimate vista SKUs, but is not included in the cheaper
    versions. So you'd have to buy a DVD decoder.
    That's entirely unrelated. My friends dad has a Porsche, but it
    doesn't make my car look any better (beaten up old peugot)

    Cheers - Neil
    Neil Smith [MVP Digital Media], Feb 26, 2007
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