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15. Re: No DVD/BluRay by default? May 5, 2012, 09:31 Beamer
 
SpectralMeat wrote on May 5, 2012, 07:30:
Not sure what's the point of removing the optical drive support. I am not using mine every day but I still use it every now and then to make a new music CD for my car, or install the odd old game I have on a disc, or make a copy of a DVD I got for the kids so they do not scratch the original disc.

Then again I wasn't going to downgrade to Win8 anyways, my Win7 is perfectly fine and serves me right so it is all good.

Not optical drive support, but licensed codec playback inclusion. You can read data DVDs but not licensed movie DVDs. Same reason the Wii didn't play DVDs - it's a costly license.

Given that more and more computers don't even have optical drives, given that I haven't used mine in ages, and given that most never watch movies on their computers via physical media, I think this is fine. Do you watch movies over physical media? Buy a cheap upgrade or use other software.
Not really the end of the world, as almost everyone that I've seen say "I still watch physical media on my computer all the time!" has followed it up with "not that I use Windows software to do so."
 
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