Read your posts... all but too late...
I had lots of the same problems that you did with that PowerDVD10 on my MSI laptop! terrible!
Then, I inadvertently uninstalled PowerDVD10 and now I have none to work with. Patch won't work then even if I download it haha! Right?
What can I do if I no longer have PowerDVD 10 on my laptop?
This is the original question you were asking but I don't recall finding an answer for it. how did you ever get 10 back? Did MSI or Cyberlink help you with that?
Are there other options...that are Free? I understand windows media player for windows 8 has an "app" you can "BUY." Like TV, WATER, and soon air....a charge for everything.
Used to be that reliable DVD playback software came free with your computers.
Oh, darn. Well, hopefully that file will still work, as it is more of an install file than a strict patch-up file. When I installed mine it verified the registry of the already installed PowerDVD10, however, as of now you have nothing to lose I suppose. So try downloading and then installing that file.
I mean, MSi would be smart enough to know that some folks would have uninstalled their copy with no way of reinstalling it again.
There are no other workarounds at present, and let it be known that this is strictly a PowerDVD10 OEM (hardware bundled version) related issue that's not only widespread and common, but completely Cyberlink's fault, they've also shown no real interest in fixing it anytime soon.
MSi were just kind enough to fix this for its customer base, other Cyberlink customers are still waiting for this to be addressed by the maker of their own software. How wrong of Cyberlink is that?
Anyway, just give that downloaded file a go, and with fingers crossed, I hope it works for you!
With any free Blu-Ray players out there you'll need additional/external software to decrypt the discs encryption, and that's always frowned upon by the film industry. So I can't point you in the right direction on that, I'm sorry.
VLC should be able to play DVD files with no worries at all, I think.