When it comes to burning and ripping CDs and DVDs, there are a lot of free tools for creating and mounting discs. A lot of them are even pretty good and get the job done, but they can be hard to learn, have confusing interfaces, and sometimes botch up an otherwise normal operation. Ashampoo Burning Studio 12 is a professional solution that focuses on a shallow learning curve and ease of use. We’re giving away 10 copies of Burning Studio 12 worth a total of $500 for FREE! Keep reading to see how you can take advantage of this sweet, sweet offer.
You insert a DVD into your Windows 8 computer – you want to watch a movie. Nothing happens. You try opening Windows Media Player. It can’t play the disk. What’s going on with Windows 8 and DVDs? And for that matter, Blu-ray discs? You’re not the first person to ask this, and you won’t be the last. The answer, basically, is that Windows 8 cannot play DVDs or Blu-Ray disks out of the box.
Although discs are slowly becoming obsolete and being replaced by simple transfers or downloads over the Internet, there are still plenty of reasons for burning or copying some discs. In some cases, your Internet connection may not be sufficient enough to download the files you want. In any case, you need a trusty burning utility to do the job, and Brasero and K3b are your top choices.
Windows 8 makes it hard to burn audio and watch video DVDs thanks to hidden apps and missing licences. This is part of the move away from optical media – fortunately, we can share some easy workarounds.