Playing DVDs in Windows 8 with VLC Media Player

Modern PCs running Windows 8 aren't just for work, they also provide a number of excellent entertainment options. Just one example: you can watch a DVD movie on your laptop, if you've installed the VLC media player.

Take a look at how you can use VLC media player to play your favorite DVDs:

  1. At the Windows 8 start screen, type VLC.

    When you begin typing the name of an app that you want to open, Windows 8 displays the apps that are installed on your PC that match the characters you type. When you see the app that you want, click on it to open the app.

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  2. Choose the view option.

    After the VLC media player is open, click the View menu to display the list of viewing options for the player. For watching DVDs, you'll probably want to choose the Fullscreen Interface option, which you can also select by pressing F11.

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  3. Insert your DVD into your DVD drive on your PC.

    If this is the first time you've played a DVD on your Windows 8 PC, a prompt will appear in the upper right corner of your screen instructing you to tap on the prompt box to choose what happens when a DVD is inserted.

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  4. Choose your DVD playback option.

    To automatically play DVDs using VLC media player whenever a DVD is inserted, choose the Play DVD movie VideoLAN VLC media player option. If you'd rather choose which action to take each time, choose the Take no action option.

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  5. Open the DVD from within VLC media player.

    If you inserted the DVD before VLC media player was running or if you selected the Take no action option, select the Media, Open Disc option from the VLC media player menu.

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  6. Click the Play Button.

    The Open Media dialog box enables you to select various playback options, such as choosing an alternate audio or subtitle track before you begin playing the DVD.

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  7. Use the playback controls near the bottom of the screen to control the DVD.

    You can use the controls to pause the playback, to expand the movie screen to fullscreen, and to adjust the volume as you watch your DVD.

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