How to play DVDs in Windows 10

For a format that’s now over 20 years old, you’d think it’d be pretty straightforward to get DVDs to play in Windows 10 – it’s not like Microsoft hasn’t had long to prepare.

How to play DVDs in Windows 10

Still, DVD support isn’t there by default. Fortunately, there are two quick ways to bring back your video collection to your Windows 10 experience…

How to play DVDs in Windows 10

1) Download Microsoft’s official app

There’s an app, and it’s currently free to people who’ve upgraded from a supported version of Windows – which is to say, Windows 7 (Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate) and Windows 8/8.1 Pro with Media Centre. When we say currently free, we mean it will eventually switch to its final pricing: an eyebrow-raising £11.59. When? We’re not sure, and neither is Microsoft,

which still saysThe timing has not been finalised yet. It will end at or before the free Windows 10 upgrade offer.”dvd_windows_10_problems

Anyway, should you qualify, it will be delivered to you as a Windows update, so you shouldn’t need to do anything. If it hasn’t appeared, you may need to get a bit more creative (but given it’s currently rated just 2/5 by Windows Store reviewers, that may not be such a bad thing…).

2) Use a third-party alternative

If you don’t qualify, or just don’t fancy Microsoft’s own solution, there’s a bunch of third-party applications that will do the job just as well, if not better. VLC gets the nod from us: it’s free and can play almost anything.

You can download it now from the VLC website.

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