How to Play DVDs on Windows 11 [Easy & Free Methods]

Explore the quickest ways to play DVDs on a PC

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  • To play media via DVDs, you need to install a DVD player app installed on your computer.
  • This guide will explain different methods to play DVDs on your Windows computer.
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Like Windows 10, Windows 11 also doesn’t have a built-in DVD player. Therefore to play a DVD on your Windows 11, you need to install a DVD player app on your PC.

This article will cover the easiest ways to play DVDs on your Windows computer. Let’s start!

How can I play DVDs on Windows 11?

Before moving to the actual steps, make sure you check these things first:

  • Your computer must have a DVD drive, or you should have an external DVD drive.
  • Check that your computer has the required codecs to decode DVDs’ audio and video streams.
  • The DVD you are using should be in good condition and free from dust and scratches.

1. Use the Windows Media Player Legacy

1.1 Install Windows Media Player Legacy on Windows 11

  1. Press Windows + I to open Settings.
  2. Click Apps, then Optional features.Apps Optional features -play dvd windows 11
  3. Now, next to Add an optional feature, click View features.View features
  4. On the Add an optional feature window, type Windows Media Player Legacy, select the appropriate option and click Next.Add an optional feature
  5. Click Install.Install

1.2 Play the DVD

  1. Insert the DVD in your computer DVD’s slot.
  2. Launch the Windows Media Player.Windows Media Player Legacy - play DVD s on Windows 11
  3. Go to the left pane, click the DVD option, and select your DVD drive 
  4. Click the Play button to play the media.

2. Use a third-party app

  1. Download VLC from its official website.VLC media player -play dvd windows 11
  2. Double-click the installer to run the installation file.
  3. On the UAC prompt, click Yes.
  4. On the installer wizard, click Next.Next Installer wizard
  5. Follow the onscreen instructions, and on the last window, click Finish.Finish VLC
  6. Launch the VLC media player and click Media. From the options, click Open Disc. Open Disc
  7. On the Open Media window, switch to the Disc tab, go to Disc device, and select your DVD from the drop-down.Disc Device
  8. Click Play.

So, these are methods that you can follow to play DVDs on your Windows 11 computer. Try them and let us know what worked for you in the comments section below.

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