How to Play DVDs in Windows 10

By Andy Rathbone

Now for a bit of bad news: Windows Media Player in Windows 10 can’t play DVDs. That news comes as a bit of a shock, considering the Windows 7 Media Player could play DVDs. What gives?

According to Microsoft, DVDs are old-school technology that’s no longer needed. Today’s ultrathin laptops and tablets don’t even have DVD drives. Most people watch movies by streaming them to their computers over the Internet, Microsoft says. Or, they watch their DVDs on TV.

Also, Microsoft no longer wanted to pay licensing fees to the companies owning the patents required for playing DVDs.

But although Windows Media Player can no longer play DVDs, Windows can still play DVDs with either of these solutions:

  • Use the third-party DVD players provided by your computer manufacturer. Most desktop PC manufacturers toss in a free trial version of a DVD player. If you like it, you can pay to upgrade to the full version.

  • Download the free VLC media player from VideoLAN. Created by a nonprofit company based in France, it’s not under United States jurisdiction.