Create Overlay Failed Error in WinDVD

Just a small tip to pass on

I had a customer who couldn’t play DVD’s on his laptop using WinDVD 

The error was “Create Overlay Failed”

The program suggests lowering the screen resolution

I had a look on the Intervideo support pages and found this

Basically there is a list of three things to try but the first one is usually the cause

The remote desktop sharing feature was enabled on the laptop. I disabled it and DVD playback was enabled!

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Andy Parkes is Technical Director at Coventry based IT support company IBIT Solutions. Formerly, coordinator of AMITPRO and Microsoft Partner Area Lead for 2012-2013. He also isn't a fan of describing himself in the third person.

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15 thoughts on “Create Overlay Failed Error in WinDVD

  • Thank you!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!! I’ve been getting that stupid “Create Overlay Failed” error in WinDVD forEVER!!! Your blog is the only place where I found the link to the answer! Thank you SO much!!!

  • Merci beaucoup ! Ton blog est la première entrée quand on entre la recherche “create overlay failed”. J’ai pu solutionné mon problème, et désinstaller définitivement Netmeeting… Vincent, Belgique

    In english : Thank you very much ! Solution found with your post.

  • )$”&)%&% hell. Brilliant – come on Microsoft get it sorted. Turned NetMeeting off and whoopie WinDVD works again. Was also stopping Media Player 11 and RealPlayer working as well. Many thanks

  • Thanks, its works… .

    But I am unbale to undestand how they are related.
    Anyways.. gud learning.


  • Got this stupid error for months…. Thanks for posting the answer on this blog!

    Gratz MSFT! Another reason why people should migrate off Windows!!!

  • I got into this trouble too… Thanks for your answer but I’m unable to find out what “remote desktop sharing feature” is, how to open it, etc… (I’m not so good at “computering stuffs”) I got no idea. Can you or anyone explain it to me? I’ll be very very appreciate.

  • Hi Halley

    This is the easiest way

    You’ll probably have an icon on the start menu / notification area (near the clock) that looks the globe

    Right click it and it’s the right one you’ll the option to disable netmeeting desktop sharing

    If not you could probably disable the actual service in control panel

  • Wow, I didn’t expect to have a reply this fast. I’m sure very very appreciate. Thanks a lot. But… I’m so sorry that I still got no idea what you’re talking about (hope you don’t get mad). I think it’s just that my computer is different from yours, maybe because of our different countries. I’ve never heard or used Netmeeting, maybe it’s not so common here where I live. Anyway, I found the solution myself. WinDVD can’t play the DVD when I put in, but it still can play the files in my computer. So I open the DVD and play each files instead of let it play the DVD by itself. And amazingly, it works! Still, thank you 🙂

  • Andy,
    Thank you for the great tip. I am speaking for myself and wouldn’t doubt that a lot of people will agree that you have saved me much grief not being able to get rid of such an annoying problem, especially when my laptop video was working before. Netmeeting was the cause in my case.

    Thanks again.

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