Why won’t my new PC play DVDS?
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.