If I convert FAT32 to NTFS can I watch movies

August 12, 2010 at 11:11:38
Specs: Windows vista
hi.. if i change it from fat32 to ntfs will i be able to watch my movies via dvd player then?

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#1
August 12, 2010 at 11:17:09
Yes



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#2
August 12, 2010 at 12:05:12
harddrive file sytems have nothing to do with the playability of dvd's in your computer. the only requirements for playing dvd's in a computer are:
1. a dvd rom drive (minimum)
2. a software or hardware dvd decoder. this usually comes with most dvd playback software.
3. a program to play the dvd video. windows media player will work but needs a separate decoder. one popular player that comes with decoders is windvd,

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#3
August 12, 2010 at 12:10:53
If you can't play DVDs now, that probably has nothing to do with why you can't play them.

The Windows operating system itself does not come with a built in DVD player that can play encoded DVDs, such as movies.
At least one third party program must be installed in Windows that can play encoded DVDs.
E.g. Cyberlink's Power DVD.

If your computer is a brand name system, it's original software installation may or may not have come with a third party program that can play encoded DVDs.

If Vista was installed from a regular Microsoft DVD, or if you re-installed Vista from an operating system re-installation DVD that came with your brand name computer, the operating system does not come with a built in DVD player that can play encoded DVDs.
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If you DO have a third party program installed that can play encoded DVDs, but you can't save them as a recording on a FAT32 partition, or you can't stream them to a FAT 32 partition, that's a different matter.
A small number of programs are optimized to make recordings on NTFS partitions, or to stream to NTFS partitions, but I don't know of any that will not work on a FAT32 partition too.
E.g. Media Center in XP MCE, and probably Media Center in Vista and Windows 7 versions that have Media Center, will "complain" if the location where recordings or streaming is saved on is on a FAT32 partition. The recordings still play, the streaming still works, but not as well as it does on a NTFS partition.


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#4
August 12, 2010 at 12:20:05
Why would going from Fat32 to NTFS allow you to play DVD's?

File systems have nothing to do with playing DVD's

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#5
August 12, 2010 at 15:13:06
Outlander, the OP is evidently not well versed and someone may have told them converting would help.

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#6
August 12, 2010 at 18:37:09
"The Windows operating system itself does not come with a built in DVD player that can play encoded DVDs, such as movies."

Vista and 7 can play DVDs out of the box.

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#7
August 12, 2010 at 19:50:19
""The Windows operating system itself does not come with a built in DVD player that can play encoded DVDs, such as movies.""

"Vista and 7 can play DVDs out of the box."

Okay, I was wrong - I checked and ....

"Vista Ultimate and Home Premium include the codec for .." (encoded) "...DVDs. Vista Home Basic and Business do not."

The same probably applies to Windows 7 ??

For Vista Basic and Business....

"To play your favorite DVD's on your computer you will need some special software installed as the film content will have been encoded in a digital format called MPEG-2.

There are two simple methods for playing back this MPEG-2 content:

#1 - Use a dedicated DVD software player like CyberLinks: PowerDVD 9

#2 - Use a software "plug-in" to turn Windows Media Player into a DVD player!

There are DVD plug-ins for Windows XP and Vista - click here for more information.
(click here links to: http://www.updatexp.com/dvd-player-... ) "

http://www.instantvista.com/dvd-dec...
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