I'm burned out over this whole thing. I've been building home-brew systems since 1985. I know and understand system integration. High-end systems engineering paid my salary for my career (45 years) until I retired a couple of years ago. This farago strikes me not as an engineering failure, but a marketing failure. I designed and built a perfectly servicable "soccer-mom van" of a system (gigabyte b360n wifi motherboard, i3-8100 cpu, 32Gb DDR4 ram, Intel SSD, and the optical media player at the center of this all). When I searched out the problems I was having on the MS site, I discovered that, with the propogation of the last year Win update, MS support of the many BRD licensing support options was being abandoned. So, suddenly, we were all left without BRD support (and my DVD support is shaky, at best). This wasn't the fault of some cadre of MS engineers but the result of some clique of marketing droids (no, I'm not biased after 45 years in the business). Enough, already! I've ordered a purpose built "smart" BRD player for my man-eyrie and will convert my Win10 entertainment player brick into an Xubuntu Mystery Machine! So long and thanks for all the fish!
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