I am currently watching Lord of the Rings – The Return of the King with English Subtitles on:
Here is what I did to be able to see what the actors are saying while watching this DVD movie in W7 Media Center:
First, and as I thought, Microsoft in fact supports those with disabilities:
There is a section in the CP below that turns on text captions.
Control Panel>All Control Panel Items>Ease of Access Center>Get recommendations to make your computer easier to use
Run this routine and select ‘deaf’ and any others that apply:
I then went to Windows Media Center and navigated to the the DVD Subtitles Section:
Tasks>Settings>DVD> and set Language to ‘English’ and set Subtitles to ‘On When Muted’
Make sure to save.
Then, I popped in the DVD and began playing it.
For this movie I had to enter the DVD Menu by right clicking on the movie playing:
and switch the Audio to English Subtitles:
Then, all I had to do was mute the sound and I began to see the text of the actors dialogue:
A right click over the movie while playing shows a ‘ribbon’:
That should be it!