Vista, Windows Media Center, Windows Media Player And Blu-Ray DVD's

Posted by Paul Farrow - Under: Hardware, Microsoft Windows, Vista

My last upgrade of my media center included a blu-ray media player, it was  a cheap LG player although wasn’t as cheap as they are today.  This was bought a few years back when they first came out but didn’t install it for some time until now.

Well I thought Vista was bound to support blu-ray and didnt think anything of it until I started to buy loads of new dvd’s and found windows media center and windows media player couldnt play them.  So what are the options, well currently they are

  • Cyberlink PowerDVD (current version 9)
  • Roxio CinePlayer DVD Decoder
  • Arcsofts TotalMedia Theatre

Well my experience is this, Roxio forget it wouldnt even register properly and looking on the NET couldnt find one person that had installed it successfully on Vista so got a refund straight away.  Arcsofts TotalMedia Theatre was the same installed but didnt play at all.  Now the board I have in my media center has the INTEL Graphics G35 chip so could be because of that as its not really that good enough to play Blu-Ray discs.

So I know a lot of people dont like it but the PowerDVD was the only thing that played the blu-ray movies for me on Vista with a motherboard that uses the Intel G35 chip.

And that concludes my findings now to buy a micro ATX motherboard that uses the NVIDIA 9400 chipset.

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