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how can I get Windows Media Player to automatically open a movie in Windows 8.1?

Hello and Good Evening Everyone,

           I have an Acer laptop running Windows 8.1.  On my regular desktop running Windows 7,  the computer automatically launces or runs a movie on DVD when one is inserted into the DVD ROM which brings me to the point of my question.  What will I need to do to get Windows Media Player to automatically launch a movie on DVD within a Windows 8.1 deskotp environment?

           Any shared input to this question will be greatly appreciated.  I look forward to reviewing all suggestions given in reply to this post.

           Thank you
 
           George
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Go to Control Panel, Default Programs and use the Associate Option to associate your movie files with Windows Media Player. This should work (I have re-associated programs from Metro to Desktop this way).
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Natty GregIn Theory (IT)Commented:
Right click on the bottom left corner, that's where the start button is, choose click on panel from the menu, when the menu for the control panel is displayed, choose auto-play, when you click on auto play you'll be given the choice of media you want windows media player to auto-play.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
HE WANTS TO PLAY  A DVD

the coded is not included in windows 8, unless you purchase the media addon ($10).  That or use another video player and get the codec from elsewhere (k-lite coded pack)
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Natty GregIn Theory (IT)Commented:
If that is the case VLC player which free will take care of that for you
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@GMartin  - Thank you and I was happy to help you with this.
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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hello and Good Evening Everyone,

             I am happy to say my concern surrounding the inability to auto-launch a movie on a DVD is now resolved.  Using the steps outlined by John Hurst, I was able to figure out the necessary settings.  The steps taken are as follows: 1.  Open Control Panel  2. Open Default Programs  3.  Select Change AutoPlay Settings  4.  Select DVD movie under the category of DVD and choose Launch by ClearfiMedia  (Acer) and select Save.  Now, ClearfiMedia which came with my Acer laptop automatically launches any movie on a DVD.  Apparently, Windows Media Player is not integrated within Windows 8.1 because I never could locate it as an available program to auto-launch a movie on DVD.

             Thanks again for the suggestions and guidance given in response to this question.

             George
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
Apparently, Windows Media Player is not integrated within Windows 8.1 because I never could locate it as an available program to auto-launch a movie on DVD. Actually it is BUT the codec is not supplied unless you purchase the media center add on to windows for $10.
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