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post #1 of 8 Old 08-21-2012, 01:08 PM - Thread Starter
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Win7 home edition --

If you're IN media center, if you put in a DVD, it will bring up "play DVD" and there you go.

But if media center isn't running and you put in a DVD, it will bring up media player. (a bit redundant if you ask me).



So, really which gives the best viewing experience for DVD's and why? (or VLC also for that matter).
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Win7 home edition --
If you're IN media center, if you put in a DVD, it will bring up "play DVD" and there you go.
But if media center isn't running and you put in a DVD, it will bring up media player. (a bit redundant if you ask me).
So, really which gives the best viewing experience for DVD's and why? (or VLC also for that matter).

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yeah? and why?

but still trying to learn about differences between watching dvd's in media center compared to player (or does media center actually use MP as the application but you don't know it?)

been watching inside media center and happy with it but just curious.

i'm betting there one in the same -- media center perhaps a slimmer version of mp?
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By default they're using the same set of media foundation codecs, so yes, they're the same. If you want an inserted disc to load WMC instead, go into the auto play settings under control panel and change it to WMC. There can be exceptions, once you start installing additional codecs or running 32-bit MP instead of 64-bit (for instance, you can install 64-bit codecs that impact x64 WMC and MP but the x86 MP will still use the original 32-bit media foundation codecs).
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Thanks jrwalte -- figured as much.

Now I just heard media center isn't even a part of Win 8 ! ?

I love microsoft but that's typical.
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Ok, now comes the problem (region free usage).
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Ok, now comes the problem (region free usage).
Plenty of region free players out there. MPC-HC and VLC for two.
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It depends on your environment.

If I was sitting at a desk I wouldn't want to wait and load WMC and then cycle through to the movie library. I'd rather just use WMP.

Now I sit eight feet away and have WMC locked and open full screen all the time on my tv. No reason to use WMP.

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