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Laptops with Windows 8/8.1

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by Patrick, Sep 1, 2014.

  1. Patrick

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    If anyone is thinking of purchasing a new laptop(windows 8.1)please bear in mind that you will not be able to play DVDs on it.This is because Microsoft are no longer installing the DVD Codecs needed to play them.So unless the computer manufacture has pre installed them they won't play.So you have a choice,either buy Windows 8.1 Pro @£99.99 :eek: or install 3rd party software which you can download for free :) from www.videolan.org which I did and it works perfectly.This info might be of use to ayone who's not aware of this.
     
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    VLC player is what I use too, it plays anything! :up:
     
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    Been using VLC for years to play videos great program, before that CCCP MediaPlayerClassic was the best free video player and probly just as good as VLC.
     
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    I think VLC is really now the only one to use, less fussy than most others. Patrick, how you getting on with W8. I personally hate it, its ok for smart phones and PDA's etc but for laptops I found its awful.
     
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    Netbooks, tablets, smartphones, media streaming......means a DVD isn't as essential as before. Factor in that Microsoft and their ilk have heavily ramped up their cloud based services and software by subscription, DVD isn't the direction of travel.

    Personally can't stand Microsoft or Windows for that matter in any flavour now.
     
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    Only had it a few days so have yet to reach a verdict but still got my old laptop and a netbook both with Windows XP.Mind you have yet to find someone that likes W8:(
     
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    Perhaps not as essential as before but still handy if your outside or away from home and you want to play a video of some sought such as an instructional video.
     
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    Gotta do some repair work to a friends Win 8 laptop .... just the start screen is like taking 2 steps back to go forward !
    Win 7 for me for the time being :)
     
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    :confused::confused::confused::confused::confused::confused: I run W8.1 on my Tosh laptop and DVD's run no problem (and I don't have VLC) WTF ?
     
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    Are you sure Toshiba haven't installed 3rd party software for you? Most major brands used to provide some sort of DVD player and/or burning software in the XP days.
     
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    It must have some preinstalled software on it then,probably by Toshiba, but Microsoft do not install the software(codecs) on Windows 8.1 so unless the computer manufacturer installs the necessary software you need to install it otherwise DVDs won't play.
     
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    Soz ... mis-read your original post and my Tosh does have pre-loaded software of it's own ! You had me worried for a minute and I had to watch a DVD just to make sure :D
     
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    +1 for VLC
    Plays anything
    It's good because it isn't Windows ;)
     
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    Big fan of VLC too,hate WMP with a passion.
     
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    Yes not all makers install the necessary software HP(hewlett packard) and Lenovo,which I just purchased, don't but the laptop itself I like.Jjust finding me way round this W8.1 having been using and still using Win XP.
     
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    Hmmm ... my experience with W8 hasn't been very pleasing to say the least on the laptop and why the hell they didn't put the start button thingy in at the initial release I'll never know (350GB download to update to W8.1 if I remember rightly ... fine if you have ultra-fast broadband, but for those of us out in the sticks in the East of England, it took bl**dy ages !) As an OS on a touch screen machine it is much better and I guess the way that all new technology will go eventually. Give me good ol' XP anyday :rolleyes:
     
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    350GB to update a Windows IOS? must be a typo there surely?

    I think Microshite have really shot themselves in the foot with Win8, let's hope Win9 will be better otherwise I can see millions of customers defecting!

    I was lucky enough to buy one of the last laptops that could be reverted to Win7 (Sony Vaio) and it still runs most of the features okay - drivers for some installed hardware were a nightmare to find and get working though!
     
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    350GB!! Yeah that's what I thought Steve,must be a typing error.
    When I last looked BT shop still had a few new laptops for sale with Win7
     
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    That's not a typo ... when everyone who were the first 'victims' of W8, there was an awful lot of complaints about the new look of the OS. When MS released the upgrade to W8.1, I'm sure that the update was well over 300GB as I remember it taking so long at my steam driven connection speed :mad:
     

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