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The Windows 10 Operating System took away Windows DVD player and the tech support could not remotely access my PC because of my firewall.

It's only logical that I do not bother getting Microsoft to fix what they broke when they upgraded my PC. If I had it my way I would have Windows 10 and keep all the programs that Windows 10 removed. I had Windows 7 but I wanted the apps and so I upgraded to Windows 10 for free when they offered it for nothing if you upgrade within the first year of the offer.

First they removed Windows Media Center and gave no good reasons for removing it. Why not let me keep it so I can watch and record my local broadcast television shows in my area so I can DVR them for later viewing? What would be their loss?

Of course that is not the only thing they removed. They took out Windows DVD Player that used to be able to work in Windows 7. At that time, I could pop in a movie on DVD and it would automatically play it. But now they tell me they can try to do it for me without charge only if I am willing to let them remotely access my PC and disable my Norton Firewall. I did this and still they couldn't seem to access my system. I told them to just forgetabout it. I don't want to follow all those tedious steps as the system administrator of my Windows PC and allow them to get into my system. They can just forget about that. It's time I focus on enjoying the few applications still in my computer that have not yet been removed. I think they have gained a bit more control on what I can and can not have in my PC. This is a big change from the days when you and I could put software in our computer from a CD disc and not have to worry about it being yanked out just because somebody up in the cloud didn't think I needed it.

Then there is the fact that because they were unable to get into my computer because my Norton Security prevented it. Maybe this is actually a good thing. I can save up 15 bucks and buy the darn Windows DVD player app. I can also just watch stuff on YouTube.

The price I pay for online services is about as much as paying for cable TV from Time Warner or AT&T U-Verse High Speed Internet Services. I get stuff from Amazon Prime Video and Hulu Plus anyway. I can also access older shows from ABC, CBS, PBS, FOX and NBC anyway.

So I took time to update my system and defragment the main OS drive and that took over 3 hours to do on this 2 Terabyte computer. When I get a new laptop and I will do that eventually, it will have windows 10 already installed. Then I will take this Desktop PC and downgrade back to the HP factory settings and restore my Windows 7 system then I can have my Windows Media Player back and DVD Player and other things I may have lost with this upgrade. Yea. it's a bummer. Like I said, if the thing ain't broken, why fix it?

Image Credit » Blank Pen art original by Anthony Davis, the author of this article.

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MegL wrote on July 26, 2017, 3:36 AM

Quite agree. By the way, I use the free download VLC for playing DVDs and MP3s and MP4s. Works well for me. I am still on Windows 7. When I bought my new computer a couple of months ago, I specified that. I got the professional version for no extra charge.

VinceSummers wrote on July 26, 2017, 10:06 PM

Why not simply start fresh with 7? I'm so glad I saw the light and only fix my system if it's broke. Like Meg, I use VLC.

VinceSummers wrote on July 27, 2017, 7:05 AM

We also got Windows7 Professional.

lookatdesktop wrote on July 27, 2017, 10:15 AM

I am glad to hear this. If I don't get the Windows 10 app for Windows DVD Player I will try out VLc player. I have to keep Windows 10. I bought a lot of apps that I need and can't use in earlier Windows.