Corel's WinDVD Pro 2010 is, according to the box, "The world's #1 Blu-ray & DVD playback software".
It states, on a side panel of the carton, that it is certified for Vista, compatible with Windows 7, and works with XP.
I had bought it, a long time back, to watch Blu-ray & DVD discs on a computer I was building, before I learned that Vista Ultimate I installed, using Windows Media Center, would play DVD's without any additional software.
All I needed to do was install an internal DVD drive, or plug in a USB DVD drive.
Both techniques work well enough to play the movies I now own.
I didn't buy a Blu-ray drive, after reading about various problems, but I am considering it now.
An OEM or bare drive should be okay, as long as the software does what it claims to do.
I just want to know about any potential Windows 8 issues.
I just tried installing Win DVD 2010 Sunday night as I noticed Windows 8 Pro didn't have a DVD player anymore.
It installed OK, but when I try to launch the program it doesn't do anything (not even an error message or splash screen).
I then uninstalled and tried installing the newer WinDVD 11 Pro. That actually started and I could select a video file to play, but it only seemed to play for about 1/10 second before automatically stopping.
Current Corel products that run on Windows 8*:
CorelDRAW® Essentials X6
CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite X6
CorelDRAW® Home & Student Suite X6
PaintShop™ Pro X4
PaintShop™ Pro X4 Ultimate
PaintShop® Pro X5
PaintShop® Pro X5 Ultimate
Photo & Video Bundle X4
Photo & Video Suite X5
Pinnacle Studio™ 14
Pinnacle Studio™ 15 series
Pinnacle Studio™ 16 series
Roxio® Creator™ NXT
Roxio® Creator™ NXT Pro
Roxio® Easy Video Copy & Convert 5
Roxio® Game Capture HD Pro
Roxio® VHS to DVD 3
VideoStudio® Pro X5
VideoStudio® Pro X5 Ultimate
WordPerfect® Office X6
I had contacted Corel customer support, and received the response below:
"Thank you for contacting Corel Customer Support. We apologize that WinDVD Pro 11 isn't compatible yet with Windows 8. But what I can do is that I can forward your concern to our engineers but we can't guarantee if they would be able to develop a compatibility patch for the program.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any further questions."
Interesting, that Windows 7 will run these programs, but 8 will not.
No big deal I still have lcences for XP and Vista Ultimate I haven't used yet.
Just like the last Corel version of WinDVD pro, the sMedio version is having problems with some newer Blu-Ray disks specifically 20th century Fox titles Skyfall and Life of Pi. The intro 20 Century Fox clip plays for about 8 seconds, then freezes and never progress to the little Fox logo in the center of the screen or the menus. There does not seem to be any method to check for updates within sMedia WinDVD or on their webpage. The one feature a Player software company has to maintain is compatibility with all current releases. This problem with these disks is strange because they play on the same computer and drive with a very old version of PowerDVD.