DVDs aren’t in vogue in this Netflix and Amazon Prime age.
However, there’ll be times when you need to play one.
If you don’t have a DVD player, or don’t fancy buying one, you may turn to your computer to solve your problem.
But then getting your computer to play a DVD may be tough business these days.
For one, newer computers, especially laptops, don’t come with DVD drives.
External DVD Drive
That matter can be solved easily by getting yourself an external DVD drive-cum-writer.
Let’s assume you have a computer with a DVD drive. How do you play a DVD on Windows 10?
To play a DVD on Windows 10, you would need a DVD player program or app.
Windows 10 doesn’t come with such a program, natively. Support for DVD playback ended since Windows 8, actually.
Support for DVD playback on Windows ended after Windows 7. Back then all you had to do was pop in a DVD and Windows 10 will automatically play your DVD through the Windows Media Center.
Windows ended native support for DVD playback to move with the times. As newer computers, mostly laptops came without DVD drives, Microsoft saw no sense in including a native DVD player.
But then, it’s not the end of the road for DVD playback on Windows.
Here are easy ways to play a DVD on Windows 10.
Get the DVD Player App
Although Windows 10 doesn’t come with a DVD player, you can still get one through the Microsoft Store.
This DVD player will work with your Windows 10 computer. However, you may take issue with the price.
Isn’t $15 a little steep to pay for a DVD player program? But then you’re allowed to try the app for free for 7 days.
Surprisingly, the 7-day free trial will not allow you to play a DVD. Even if proceed to buy it, you may not be able to play your DVDs. Some users have complained in the reviews that, the player doesn’t work at all.
If budget is a concern, then you may want to look at the free DVD Player options on Microsoft Store.
Just search for ‘free DVD player and you’ll be presented with the following options.
Download and install any of them. You should be able to play your DVD on Windows 10.
An example of a DVD player that works, according to users, is the DVD Player – Free.
You may use a free DVD player outside of the Microsoft Store to play a DVD on Windows 10.
One player that is recommended is the VLC Media Player. It can perform other video-related tasks like screen recording and video conversion, among others.
VLC Media Player
VLC Media Player is well-known in AV circles.
This versatile media player can play back any media format, some unplayable in other players.
Not many know that it can play DVDs, too, and does it quite well. There’s no play DVD feature on the player.
But you can play your DVD by clicking on Open Disc.
- On the Disc screen, select DVD.
2. Then browse your DVD drive.
After selecting your DVD drive, hit play.
Your DVD should start playing.
You may also want to check out more free DVD player programs that work well with Windows 10.
Ripping Your DVD
If you would like to play your DVD on other computers without a DVD drive, you would do well to rip your DVD.
You can do this with a DVD ripper program.
Once you rip your DVD, you’ll end up with a digital file, usually, MP4, which you can then play back through your TV, computer, TV box, and even your mobile devices, like tablet and smartphone.
Again you may be concerned that you would need to pay for a DVD ripper program.
Well, you don’t have to. You can use a free DVD ripper program to get the job done.
You’ve learned how to play a DVD in Windows 10. Now, go ahead and gi ve any of the methods above a try.