After almost 14 years, Subhash VCDPlayer still rocks! Even in Windows 8.1!


This media player was first released in year 2000 and is written in Microsoft Visual Basic 6. It used to work without issues until Windows 7. Only thing extra it required was Media Player Codec Pack for supporting all kinds of formats such as OGG, MKV, MP4, VOB, etc.

In Windows 8, I could not coax it work, that is, until a few days back. This was when I had to enable .NET Framework 3.5 in Windows 8 to get FreeCommander to work in this OS. Apparently, you do not have to separately download Framework 3.5, as it is already present on a Windows 8 computer along with Framework 4.x. All you need to do is enable it in Control Panel » Turn on or off program features.

Enable .NET Framework 3.5 in Control Panel.

Then, when you install the application, it will prompt you to install NTVDM.

Let the install prompt Windows update to install NTVDM.

After it is installed, you need to right-click the application’s shortcut and select Properties » Compatibility and set it to Windows XP Service Pack 3 or Windows 7. You can run the application in full glory.

About Subhash VCDPlayer

Subhash VCDPlayer is a free media player with support for VCD playback, image capture, and voice transcription. Apart from Video CDs (VCDs), it can play regular audio and video files in formats that are compatible with Windows Media Player (WMP) 6.4. If you install Media Player Codec Pack, it can play all media formats known to man.

Subhash VCDPlayer uses WMP 6.4 under the hood, which gives it rock-solid stability. Unlike other such programs, Subhash VCDPlayer takes WMP to surreal heights of functionality and ease of use. This has been made possible by borrowing a few ideas from IrfanView (file browsing), Winamp (system tray icon capabilities) and CyberLink PowerPlayer (single-key keyboard shortcuts and still-image capture), and combining them with a slew of unique features of its own. Hyped up, you can call this VCD player as Windows Media Player On Steroids.

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