How to Play DVD on Windows 7/8/8.1/10

Windows DVD Player

It's easy to play DVD in Windows 7 with available Windows DVD support. Windows DVD Player can give you a big assistant. However, you may get surprised at the news that Microsoft would not include Windows Media Center in Windows 8/8.1/10. In another words, you might not play video DVD or Blu-ray on Windows 8/8.1/10 any longer with Windows DVD Player. DVD support is not applied by Microsoft as nowadays computer especially like ultrabooks and tablets have no DVD drives. So Microsoft provides DVD support for licensed DVD player. Many people don't want to lose the feature of DVD playback when they upgrade their computer to Windows 8/8.1/10. Then this article is prepared for you that on how to play DVD on Windows 8/8.1/10.

Licensed Windows DVD Player to play DVD on Windows 10

Windows DVD Player App on Windows 10

Where to find Windows DVD player on Windows 10? How to play DVD on Windows 10?

If you are using a Windows 10 computer, you can click the "Start Menu" and find Windows DVD Player application from "All Apps". Windows DVD Player for Windows 10 allows you to conveniently watch preferred commercial or homemade DVDs. As long as you purchase it for $14.99 from Windows Store, you can get licensed DVD support from Windows.

Third-party Windows DVD Player to Play DVD on Windows 8/8.1/10

You can handily use Windows DVD Player on Windows 10. But for Windows 8, 8.1, and 10 users, you can't get Microsoft DVD support. Moreover, Windows Media Pack, which is added Media Center to Windows 8 Pro or 8.1 Pro, has no longer been available for purchase from Microsoft since the date of October 30, 2015. Then are there alternatives to Windows DVD Player on previous Windows versions, which can support DVD playback in Windows 8/8.1/10? And in this part, we'd like to recommend you 3 best free DVD Players for Windows to replace the original Windows DVD Player.

Option 1. Windows DVD Player alternative - VLC Media Player

Option 2. Windows DVD Player alternative - BlazeDVD Free

Option 3. Windows DVD Player alternative - 5KPlayer

VLC Media Player

Windows DVD Player VLC

As the most frequently-used free and open source media player, VLC is capable of playing a large number of multimedia documents, streaming protocols, video CDs, audio CDs and even DVDs. It is able to play DVD folders, DVD discs, and ISO files like Windows DVD Player.

Download, install and launch VLC Media Player on Windows 8/8.1/10.

Insert DVD to computer.

Add the disc by clicking "Open File". Then DVD playback will begin in VLC window.

BlazeDVD Free

Windows DVD Player BlazeDVD Free

As its name indicates, BlazeDVD Free is a free DVD media player, which can smoothly play any SVCD, VCD, CD and DVD. It also supports audios and 1080p HD videos playback. This alternative to Windows DVD Player provides users with full-featured playback options and controls. Besides, the software can also let you make slideshow for imported images, manage bookmarks and playlists. The free version is compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10.

Install and launch this free Windows DVD Player alternative on Windows PC.

Insert DVD and choose Blaze DVD Free to play DVD.

You are allowed to set subtitles, personalize DVD playback settings and set DVD audios as you like.

5KPlayer

Windows DVD Player 5KPlayer

5KPlayer is another useful free Windows DVD Player alternative which has the capability to play DVDs on any version of Windows. Apart from that, it can also support play 4K/5K UHD, 1080p HD videos. 5KPlayer also has a default radio player which enables you to listen to radio originated from Capital, BBC, LBC, Kerrang and so on.

Download and install 5KPlayer. And click "DVD" in the main interface to load DVD disc from computer.

Select a DVD disc you want to play.

Click "Open" to begin DVD playback.

Apart from Windows DVD playback, you can also learn more on how to play DVD on Mac from our site.

How to rip homemade DVD for Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista

Actually, there is another good choice for you to play DVD on Windows 7/8/10. You can rip homemade DVD to computer, so that you can handily watch video DVDs whenever you want or make a backup for further using. Here comes the question, how to rip DVD for playback on Windows 8/8.1/10? In this part, we would like to recommend you a multi-functional video program, Video Converter Ultimate. Besides its powerful video converting and editing features, the software can help you load homemade DVD discs, DVD folder and ISO files and save the DVD videos to your Windows computer without any quality loss. First, download and install the brilliant software.

Insert a DVD and wait for the computer to detect it.

Insert Homemade DVD

Launch the software and click "Load Disc" button. Then the disc will automatically be loaded. Two optional modes are provided here, "Navigation Mode" and "Parser Mode".

Choose DVD Loading Mode

Then all accessible videos on the DVD will be listed in the interface of the program. Moreover, you are able to watch the DVD video from the preview window.

Choose DVD video

Click "Profile" button and choose the format you prefer. Finally, tab "Convert" to rip DVD to computer.

Select Video Format to Rip DVD

After converting DVD to computer, the DVD playback can be easily realized whenever you want without any limitation. To play DVD videos in the format of VOB, you are recommended to try Free Media Player, the best and free multimedia player compatible with Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista.

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In this article, we mainly talk about Windows DVD Player. In case you don't know how to play DVD on Windows 10/8/8.1, we show you some great Windows DVD Player alternatives to help you play DVD on your PC. Hope you can better enjoy your DVDs after reading this post.

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October 13, 2017 11:25 / Updated by to Video, BD/DVD
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