Windows 8 Release Preview + Blu-Ray?

June 17, 2012 by Andrew Seymour

It appears that Microsoft seems to have changed something in Windows 8 that Blu-ray software seems to heavily rely on. I tried 4 different pieces of software;

  • Cyberlink PowerDVD
  • ArcSoft TotalMediaTheatre
  • VLC
  • Corel WinDVD

All of these failed to work resulting in some disappointment, I tried a lot of different ways and different settings to get these to run but afraid, it was no go with all of them – until I read about turning Aero off (Aero has since been removed and replaced with a more Metro style interface which unfortunately wasn’t ready for the release preview) so you won’t be missing anything by doing so. After turning Aero off, the result was;

  • Cyberlink PowerDVD
    • Still nothing, actually thinks you’re trying to run it in VGA or Windows XP Remote Desktop mode
  • ArcSoft TotalMediaTheatre
    • I’m assuming it causes some kind of fatal error in the software as it just “exist
  • VLC
    • Complains about some missing or corrupted AACS keys despite the keys being there and working in the Consumer Preview of Windows 8
  • Corel WinDVD
    • This one is an odd one, none of these applications ever worked when loading them through Windows Media Center including this one however, with Aero glass off worked if you launched it from the Desktop, or Start Menu however, if you pause a film, it causes severe juddering when you start playing again until you restart the application

The overall verdict, Blu-ray support is quite bad but Corel’s WinDVD is actually a really nice application to use and does work in the Windows 8 Release Preview if you launch it the right way.

 


Categories: Blu-ray, Media Center, Microsoft, Windows

Tags: bluray, bluray software, release preview, windows, windows 8