Why won’t my new PC play DVDS?

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QI have pur­chased a brand­new desk­top PC from Chill­blast, run­ning Win­dows 10 Pro and with all the lat­est hard­ware and up­dates. On my Win­dows 8 lap­top, I can in­sert a shop-bought DVD and it’ll work. On my su­per-duper new com­puter lit­er­ally noth­ing hap­pens. Please help! John Gre­gory

AWel­come to Mi­crosoft’s at­ti­tude to DVD play­back — which is to say that Win­dows 10 can’t, as stan­dard, play th­ese discs. The com­pany de­cided that peo­ple who want to do what they al­ways used to be able to do with ear­lier ver­sions of Win­dows now have to pay for the priv­i­lege.

The firm’s of­fi­cial so­lu­tion is Win­dows DVD Player app ( www. snipca.com/25876, see screen­shot), which is an £11.59 pur­chase from the Win­dows Store. Re­mark­ably, though, this paid-for tool doesn’t en­able play­back of Blu-ray discs, so if your whizzy new PC has a drive to play them, then buy­ing Mi­crosoft’s app will merely add prac­ti­cal in­sult to fi­nan­cial in­jury.

Be­sides, there’s no need to pay a penny for half-baked soft­ware be­cause there’s a bril­liant free pro­gram that’ll play DVDS, Blu-rays and just about any other me­dia type you might throw at it. It’s called VLC, and you can down­load it from www. snipca.com/25877.

Win­dows DVD Player is a paid-for app that plays DVDS in Win­dows 10

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