Windows Media Player 11 won't play DVDs.
As a software engineer this is just straight out of the 'the rest of the
world can do it right, so why can't Microsoft' department.
I 'up'graded to Vista 64 last week, and Windows Media Player 11, under
Vista, will not play any of my DVDs. It suggests checking my screen
resolution (whut?), and offers a link to a help page, which offers the
suggestions I would expect (codec, video drivers, etc.) and more hilarious
suggestions (pay Roxio $15 for a DVD decoder, pay Microsoft for a Vista
upgrade, start throwing new hardware in there at random, etc.).
The thing is, every other media player on my computer plays the DVD fine.
Media Player Classic, VLC, etc. All fine. Windows Media Player plays every
format I can play in those media players too. Except DVDs. It uses the same
codec I've set up for DVDs (ffdshow), but apparently Windows Media Player is
unable to play it.
I want to use Windows Media Player because I like the interface. I like
having a nice, big, full-featured (except, apparently, DVD playback) media
player on one monitor. The interfaces for Media Player Classic and VLC are
awful and stick out like a sore thumb in any operating systems made after we
stopped worrying about two-digit year codes.
So why won't Windows Media Player 11 play my DVDs? It's not the codec, it's
not the video driver, it's... something else.