Windows 10 Can’t Play DVD or Blu-ray [Fix]

By: Ujjwal Kumar
3 minute read

Just upgraded to Windows 10 and discovered that you can’t play your favorite DVD movie anymore? Well, it’s not just you. It is surprising but for some unknown reason, Microsoft decided to remove the default media center support from Windows 8 back in the day and this has followed into Windows 10 as well.

This specific limitation does not apply on all the DVD disks. You can definitely use DVD disks that don’t have any sort of media on them. You can use them to install programs, to carry documents and what not. As per Microsoft, new systems like tablets and ultrabooks don’t come with a disk drive anymore which means having support for DVD disks will be useless. But looks like they forgot about a large number of Windows users who use it on PC and laptops that already have a disc drive. That is a very senseless justification, Microsoft.

But all this does not mean that you will not be able to play DVD and Blu-ray movies on your Windows 10 system at all. Following are some ways that will let you play DVD and Blu-ray discs with movies and media on it.

Install a third party video player like VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player is one of the most used open source media suites. You can install it on your Windows 10 system and it will help you in playing the movies on the disc easily. VLC Media Player is available for free and works readily so you don’t really need to perform any sort of tweaks to make things work.

DVD discs will play without any sort of problem but some Blu-ray discs might cause some problems because of the DRM encryption they come with. Here is how to play media from DVD or Blu-ray on Windows 10 using VLC Media Player.

Just click on Media on the top navigation menu and you will see an option that says Open Disc. This option will let you play media directly from your disc. You can download VLC Media Player here.

Use Windows DVD Player on Windows 10

If you are coming from a system on which you had Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 with media center installed, then you will find a Modern UI app named Windows DVD Player which you can now use to play DVD discs with media.

Use the default installed utility on your system

If you bought a pre-built system from some sort of OEM like HP, Dell or any other company, then keep in mind that these companies have their own utility installed for playing DVD disc media etc. So it is a wise option to use these utilities to play your disc media. So, these are some of the ways that you can use to play a DVD disc or a Blu-ray disc on Windows 10 for free!

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