Ways to play DVDs on your Windows 8 PC
Did you recently upgrade to Windows 8? Are you unable to play DVDs on your system? Are you getting frustrated searching Windows 8 for its DVD player and DVD burner? You needn’t waste your time searching for a DVD player as Windows 8 does not include a built in DVD burner and there is no installed DVD player software either.
It is so because Microsoft omitted the Media Center app along with coders/decoders (codec) that allow for DVD playback in Media Player in its Windows 8 OS. The reasons for the omission of DVD playback software as maintained by Microsoft include:
- For keeping the cost down for Microsoft by eliminating the codecs for Windows 8 DVD player.
- Lack of use is another reason as users are moving towards online sources, such as YouTube, Hulu, Netflix, and many other online and downloadable video sources.
- Microsoft wanted Windows 8’s design to be consistent across Windows 8 phone and surface tablets.
Therefore, if you are searching your Windows 8 to play DVDs on your PC, it can be a little put off for you. Fortunately, there are a few possible solutions to this Windows 8 problem that will keep up your choice of running DVDs on your PC! Read on for the possible solutions:
Get Media Center as a separate add-on
Media Center is not yet discontinued; rather, it has been just removed from Windows as a bundled item. Thus, if you want to play DVDs on your Windows 8, it can be the best option to begin with it. You can add Media Center back into Windows 8 by simply going to the ‘Add features to Windows 8’ Control Panel option. Available for $9.99 currently, Media Center can be the perfect choice for you.
Get RealPlayer Plus as a compatible DVD player
RealPlayer Plus is the premium version of RealPlayer, which comes with DVD playback capabilities. Once you have downloaded, you’ll be able to play DVDs on your laptop or computer without any hassle. Here’s how you can download and use RealPlayer Plus to play DVDs on your Windows 8:
- To download the RealPlayer Plus, visit the official website of Real Player. Access the option ‘Get RealPlayer Plus for Windows’.
- After completing the payment procedure, install the software on your PC to get started.
- Once it gets on your PC, click to open ‘RealPlayer Plus’.
- Insert the DVD into your DVD Drive.
- Click on the ‘Library’ tab at the center top of your screen.
- Now, click ‘CD/DVD’ button given on the left pane.
- Click on the DVD chapter you wish to watch to begin DVD playback.
Now, you are set to enjoy watching DVDs on your PC.
Get third-party DVD playback application
There are many third-party options for DVD playback on desktops and laptops and the chief among them are CyberLink PowerDVD and Corel WinDVD. The codecs of these applications can also be used by Windows Media Player to playback DVDs. These applications are slightly on the costlier side; nonetheless, you’re they make your favorite DVD watching sessions fun.
Use non-commercial program
If you are looking for inexpensive options, try the free and open source applications that are available. This includes programs such as the VLC media player – it can perform DVD playback.
Well, these are some of the possible options that you can try out to play DVDs on your Windows 8 PC. However, if even after getting these applications on your PC you are still not able to watch DVDs or you are encountering any issue while running the application, contact iYogi technicians for instant technical support. Our iYogi technicians can help you diagnose and fix the issues remotely via the Internet connection.