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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 2015-07-28, 02:57 PM Thread Starter
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Replacement for Windows Media Player

Win 10 will not have WMP, so I'd like to find a good quality replacement. Mostly I use WMP to play MP3's and other audio, but occasionally I play video and DVD's.

Any suggestions as to a suitable replacement?
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Windows 10 will have WMP. WMP has even been enhanced to recognize and play MKVs. However, it will not play DVDs.

If you're looking for an alternative, I'd recommend either VLC or Media Player Classic (MPC-HC).
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Exclamation Get VLC, but heed this Download Warning

I also add my vote for VLC as your very best media playing alternative for just about any OS out there. The one and only place for downloading VLC:

VideoLAN - VLC: Official site - Free multimedia solutions for all OS!

Unfortunately there are counterfiet VLC sites around the web that try to infect your device with malware. Use ONLY the link above!

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@Camera.Ken you may have heard that Windows 10 will not have Windows Media Center, which many people use for recording OTA channels. Here is the thread discussing alternatives for WMC:

Microsoft will make a DVD player available for those PCs that have WMC, including Windows 7 Home Premium (which most people would have).

We know that some users use Windows Media Center to play DVDs, and we are providing a free DVD playback app in Windows 10 for Windows Media Center users.
Sources: Windows 10 FAQ & Tips - Microsoft

As others have said, VLC will play almost any audio or video file and is simple to install since it contains built-in codecs. That's what I use outside of WMC.

EDIT: Here's a blog explaining why Microsoft decided to stop paying royalties for the various codecs required to play DVDs when so few PCs were even capable of playing them.

FAQ - DVD playback and Windows Media Center in Windows 8 - MSDN Blogs
So when you add all this up and apply to all Windows PCs, it is an ongoing cost of hundreds of millions of dollars per year to the PC ecosystem, well over a billion dollars over the lifecycle of the operating system and yet by most predictions the majority of PCs will not even be capable of playing DVDs.

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I believe what's really missing on Win10 is the DVD CODEC. Given a suitable CODEC, WMP may still play DVDs. VLC has all of it's CODECs built in, including one for DVDs.

For audio, MediaMonkey is an excellent player and music library organizer that does much more than WMP ever did. For an all around media player and media center, NextPVR, Kodi and MediaPortal (all freely available) are among the many options. The only caveat is that I'm not sure if they have been updated for Win10 yet.
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Thanks, all, for replies.
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I know its been started that Win 10 will not have WMP, but I have it on my laptop that was clean installed with a WTP, and on my desktop that was upgraded to Win 10 from Win 7.
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What's missing in W10 is Windows Media Centre, not Windows Media Player.
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 2015-07-30, 11:27 AM
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I'll throw Foobar2000 out there for audio playback.

I use VLC for video and Foobar2000 for music. Both work great and I wouldn't use anything else. You can install to disk, or a portable device with Foobar2000. Point it to your media library (Copy files to USB first if portable.) and it will build it's own. (I like how it presents. If your media is not tagged properly, it may be a bit annoying however. Once tagged, it's wonderful!)
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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 2015-08-08, 02:10 PM
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MPC-HC with LAV codecs and madvr(If you have supported hardware)

Just trying to remove that damn setup progress bar.
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