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How to Bring DVD Playback to Windows 10 for Free

If you’ve been a Windows 7 user and went directly to Windows 10, you might be wondering why you can’t play DVDs. Microsoft killed off DVD playback support in Windows 8 and that has extended to Windows 10 as well.

While streaming movies and video content through services like Netflix and Amazon Video is popular, sometimes you’ll need to use a DVD on occasion.

Play DVDs on Windows 10 for Free

If you want to play a DVD or Blu-ray on your Windows 10 PC, you have several options. If fact, we took a look at six different programs for playing DVDs on Windows 8.

All of those options will work with Windows 10, sans Windows Media Center, which Microsoft has completely killed off.

Our best suggestion for playing DVDs (as well as virtually any media file type) is using VLC. It’s fast, easy to use, and once you start digging into it, there’s a lot of power under the hood.

Pop in your DVD and when AutoPlay comes up, select VLC. If you have AutoPlay disabled, go into This PC > Devices and drives. Then right-click the DVD drive and select Open AutoPlay or just double-click it if you already have VLC set as your default app for DVDs.

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VLC will start up, and you can enjoy the flick.

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Windows DVD Player App is Free for Some Users

The Windows DVD Player app is free for qualifying Windows 10 upgrades. It’s not available if you do a clean install. According to the Microsoft Support page:

You are eligible to get the Windows DVD Player app for free if you upgrade to Windows 10 from the following Windows versions:

  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Windows 8 Pro with Media Center
  • Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center

It’s not clear how long this offer is available, but Microsoft says it’s for a limited time. Also, if you upgraded one of the versions of Windows listed above to 10, the DVD Player app should automatically download via Windows Update.

To find out more about getting the Windows DVD Player app, check out this FAQ from the Microsoft Community.

If you miss the “limited time” window or did a clean install, you can still get the DVD app, but it costs a ridiculous $14.99 in the Store. Also, according to the user reviews, it currently has a dismal 1.9 rating. So, for those reasons, we recommend using VLC.

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If your PC has a Blu-ray drive, you can just use the software that came with it. VLC also has experimental Blu-ray support, too. But I haven’t been able to get that to work very well.

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3 Responses to How to Bring DVD Playback to Windows 10 for Free

  1. Rob Gould January 17, 2016 at 2:46 pm #

    Why hasn’t anyone else developed an app for flaying dvd’s. There used to be quite a few. If not dvd how do you install programs or play movies

  2. Cheryl Keane October 1, 2016 at 9:21 pm #

    I have downloaded VLC twice and after about 19mins the sound went off. I tried all suggested solutions, but none worked (that’s why it was downloaded twice). You said you had 6 programmes – what are the other 4 for Windows 10?

    • martyh December 1, 2016 at 3:51 pm #

      Cheryl Keane: Click on the link “playing DVDs in Windows 8” in paragraph 3 at the top of the page.

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