Newly registered for these forums. I have a ~4-year-old Toshiba laptop. I have suffered with Windows Vista ever since. I recently considered converting to Ubuntu, but in view of the amount of extra work that entailed, instead for $40 I upgraded to Windows 8 Pro. Over the last 10 years or so that we've been accumulating PCs for business and household, I have had on my computers, at various times -- in addition to Windows Media Player -- Windows Media Center, Windows Media Player Classic, Cyberlink, RealPlayer, Winamp, iTunes/Quicktime, VLC media player, UPlayer, MPlayer, UMPlayer, KMPlayer, SMPlayer, Daum PotPlayer, and various others too numerous to recall. I would like to keep the number of media players to a minimum under the new OS. Question no. 1: Are any media players particularly suited to Windows 8, or are all Windows OSs about the same when it comes to media players? and no. 2: Any recommendations based on forum members' experience re the best two or three free players available out there? Thank you.