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I have tried cleaning off old stuff from my hp pavilion, and now my disc player

Last response: in Laptops & Notebooks
March 30, 2010 1:38:34 AM

after removing some programs, I can't burn/play cd's or play dvd's. If I restore to an earlier date, will I get this ability back???
March 31, 2010 10:39:03 PM

there is a good chance, yes
a b D Laptop
April 1, 2010 1:43:08 AM

I don't think I'd restore, simply install the programs you need.

To burn:
Nero 9 Lite is a free program that works fairly well. There are other free programs like cdburnerxp and more that you can Google and try.

Video playback:
Go to add/remove programs, look for anything that looks like K-Lite or Codecs and remove them. Now, go to and get the K-Lite Codec Pack Standard and Install it.

You can use the included MPC-HC program or Windows Media Player (it uses the codecs as well from K-Lite).

VLC Player when installed is defaulted to use its own included codecs so I like to have it installed in case of a problem.

There is a utility in Windows to change what programs do certain media things like what to do when a DVD is inserted (Nothing, Play, Open Folder... ). "Default Programs" in Windows 7.

If you have a newer video card you can use hardware decoding after installing K-Lite and using MPC-HC (DXVA). HD3xxx, 4xxx, 5xxx. NVidia 8xxx etc. You can Google for more info. ("DXVA mpc-hc")
April 9, 2010 12:28:47 AM

Still no play, but thanks