DVD not read by Windows XP

May 2, 2009 at 20:17:44
Specs: Windows XP
I use a Radio Shack DVD burner to record in the DVD-RW format. I can play these DVDs back on the machine fine. The manual says I can play these DVDs in computers with DVD-Video playback capabilities.

However, when I move the DVDs to my computer, I get this error: Windows cannot read from this disk. The disk might be corrupted, or it could be using a format that is not compatible with Windows

This happens with brand new DVD-RW DVDs. Both machines play commercial videos as normal.

How do I get XP to read these disks? Any thoughts? Suggestions?

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May 2, 2009 at 21:00:01
First of all, is there a DVD drive (not just a CD-Rom Drive) in the PC (since you say both machines play commercial disks, then you're probably OK there)? If so, then you need to make sure the DVD you've recorded has been finalized (which I suspect is the first problem). Then, you need to remember that XP doesn't natively play movies (or DVD-format movies, anyway---likely the other big problem). You'd need software added to do that. Here's some links to some quality free DVD-players:



There are others around as well...

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