Windows 7 and Blue Ray Fail

I don’t usually like to rant on my blog, for a few reasons, the most important reasons I don’t like to rant is because rants are usually seen as negative and I don’t like to share share negatives things with the world, there is plenty of that in the news anyway, however yesterday I got very frustrated with Windows 7 that I definitely lost my patience, and I figure that I spend to much time frustrated trying to play a Blue Ray Movie in in my home theater PC, that at least I would let the world know how I finally got it working and at the same time exercise my freedom of speech and let you all know how ridiculous I think it is that windows 7 does not play Blue Ray movies right out of the box.

How my frustration started: windows 7 and Blue Ray Movies:

A few years ago I build a computer that I refer to as my HTPC (home theater pc) basically I use it mainly to play stuff via Windows Media center and use the Netflix application. On this PC I put a blue ray drive, which I have never used but since the TV is connected to has a 1080p resolution I figured that it would come in handy sometime to watch a 1080p blue ray movie, windows recognized the blue ray drive and was able to read CDs and DVDs’ but I never try played a Blue Ray movie until recently.

I rented the blue ray and pop it into my HTPC and to my surprise Windows Media center was telling me It can’t play blue ray? WTF? in fact windows media player was not able to play it either.

After searching online to see how could be fixed I realized this was “by design” for whatever reason Windows 7 does not support blue ray movies, and in order to play blue ray movies I needed to use a 3rd party software to finally play blue ray movies,

All my internet searches pointed out 2 popular software that would allow me to play blue ray movies in windows 7:

Power DVD

Power DVD

and

WinDVD

WinDVD

I downloaded the trial versions of both and neither software was able to play blue ray I was getting a error related to HDCP which boils down to my hardware (probably my graphics card) was not compatible with blue ray, which made no sense to me.

During my search in the quest to play the blue ray movie that I rented there was a lot of references for a company called SlySoft and its software called:

 AnyDVD HD

AnyDVD HD

I installed the trial version of AnyDVD HD which removed some kind of protection from who knows where, but after I did that, I was FINALLY able to play the blue ray movie using Power DVD.

After a lot of frustration this was the quickest way I found to play blue ray movies, definitely is not a long term solution since all the software was trial version.  I really hope the next version of windows can play Blue Ray Movies right out of the box.

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