How to watch Netflix videos in 1080p or 4K on non-Windows 10 systems

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If you are currently using Microsoft Edge, then you’re lucky to get 1080p and 4K playback for Netflix videos on your Windows 10 machine. For users with another operating system or web browser, however, 720p is the maximum playback resolution.

To stream media on Netflix in 1080p and 4K on non-Windows 10 devices, you can use a virtual machine image of Microsoft’s latest operating system, which lets you use Edge or the Netflix app for Windows 10 to run the service.

Get started by downloading and installing a free VM tool and installing an available trial version of Windows 10 as a virtual machine using the VM software. Now, start the virtual machine, launch Microsoft Edge, and open Netflix in the web browser. You must first sign in to your Netflix account, of course.

Do not forget to configure Netflix to play HD content, as well. To view bitrates, press Ctrl-Shift-Alt-S. You may notice stutters or some artifacts on the screen: these are hardware-related and you can’t do anything about it.

Other options include using the Netflix app for Windows 10. Go to the Windows Store if you don’t have it yet and search for Netflix. You must first sign in to your Microsoft account to be able to download the app, however.

Open the Netflix app, sign in, and begin playback. You can also override the default bitrate using the Ctrl-Shift-Alt-S shortcut. This helps increase or decrease the quality of the stream. The Netflix app also allows you to download Netflix shows and movies to the local system, too, with the advantage of improved playback without the need of a strong internet connection.