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Windows 10 - Can't play videos from an external drive? RRS feed

  • Question

  • My new portable doesn't have an internal drive, so I am using an external drive for access to my CDs. I can see data files, etc., but none of my videos will play. What's going on? Why is that? We're not allowed to run videos from an external drive? These are homemade videos that ran fine on Win 7.1, with .vob extensions, etc.  I have no commercial videos to try.

    Thanks.

    Friday, August 21, 2015 9:34 PM

Answers

  • Which video player are you trying?

    I shall suggest you to try VLC Media Player and recheck the issue.


    S.Sengupta, Windows Experience MVP

    • Proposed as answer by Michael_LS Sunday, August 23, 2015 8:37 AM
    • Marked as answer by Deason Wu Thursday, September 3, 2015 8:01 AM
    Friday, August 21, 2015 11:12 PM

All replies

  • Which video player are you trying?

    I shall suggest you to try VLC Media Player and recheck the issue.


    S.Sengupta, Windows Experience MVP

    • Proposed as answer by Michael_LS Sunday, August 23, 2015 8:37 AM
    • Marked as answer by Deason Wu Thursday, September 3, 2015 8:01 AM
    Friday, August 21, 2015 11:12 PM
  • S.Sengupta:

    Thank you, I can now play my videos using VLC. I was using Windows Media Player. That's all I had on my new computer. Tried everything I could think of to get it to run the videos on the external drive.

    I am still mystified as to why Microsoft would require a separate program to view videos and it would not be included with Win10 or with Media Player as it was in the past.


    • Edited by Patzee Saturday, August 22, 2015 3:08 AM
    Saturday, August 22, 2015 1:01 AM
  • Hi Patzee,

    The article below shows the supported file format that could be supported by Windows Media player:

    File types supported by Windows Media Player

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/316992

    .vob file format is not listed.

    For an alternative, we may try to change the format into .mpg and see if this would work, if we would like it to play under Windows Media Player.

    Regards


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    • Proposed as answer by Deason Wu Thursday, September 3, 2015 8:01 AM
    Sunday, August 23, 2015 8:37 AM
  • Thank you!
    Thursday, September 3, 2015 10:55 PM