How to Play DVDs on Windows 10

While enjoying the high-profile new features brought by Windows 10, you might also encounter the problem that DVDs cannot be played on it. This is because the Windows Media Center on Windows 8 and higher versions is removed by Microsoft, which means that there is no built-in way to play DVDs on your PC or laptop of these versions. And you can only play DVDs on Windows 7 and even lower versions.  So, if you are still having no idea about how to play DVDs on Windows 10, or you are still having difficulty in finding a free and user-friendly DVD player for Windows 10, you don't need to be panic. This article will help you get out of these troubles and allow you to watch your favorite DVDs on Windows 10 by introducing the best free DVD player for Windows 10 - VideoByte Blu-ray Player.


1. Official Tool: Microsoft Windows DVD Player

To enable users to play DVDs on Windows 10, Microsoft introduces a Windows DVD Player app; however, it is a paid app, which is sold in the Microsoft Store and costs around $15. After downloading the software, you can first use the seven-day trial version. However, this free version can only be used to examine whether it is compatible with your PC or laptop and it does not actually play DVDs. Furthermore, a few users even complain that the paid version of the app cannot play DVDs either. And it should be noted that this program does not support to play blue-ray discs yet.

Windows DVD Player

2. Best Free DVD Player: VideoByte Blu-ray Player

What if you don't want to open your wallet but still would like to play DVDs on Windows 10, don't worry, a free and user-friendly app—VideoByte Blu-ray Player will help you get what you want.

VideoByte Blu-ray Player can not only play DVDs and regular videos, but also blu-ray video for both Windows and Mac. With advanced Blu-ray decryption technology, VideoByte Blu-ray Player delivers a cinema-like experience to users for they can enjoy commercial Blu-ray on the computer screen. VideoByte Blu-ray Player outputs Blu-ray movies at 1080P HD quality without any loss of frame. The product functions will be introduced, which include but not limited to the following points:

VideoByte Blu-ray Player

Features of VideoByte Blu-ray Player

High-quality image and sound:

With Videobyte Blu-ray Player, the problem of quality loss can be solved since it can offer you a cinema-like experience by preserving high-quality visual and audio effects. With the support for multiple cinematic audio systems such as DTS and Dolby Digital, you will have quite enjoyable listening experience.

Flexible playback control:

A navigation menu on blue-ray and DVD is provided by VideoByte Blu-ray Player. It is convenient to access the menu and easy to switch the title and chapter or to change the audio/subtitle track. Furthermore, the software allows users to control playback with diverse and flexible operations available such as fast jump, fast forward, and backward.

Expertise in decoding:

In general, region codes are embedded into commercial Blu-ray and DVD discs, which play a role in the restriction and protection of these discs. The VideoByte Blu-ray player can decode the region codes easily and successfully play the Blu-ray discs.

Multi-format support:

VideoByte Blu-ray player supports multiple audio and video formats, including MP4, MKV, MPG, DVD discs, DVD folders, and IOS folders, etc.

Provide lifelong technical support:

To enable users to access the latest product functions, VideoByte Blu-ray provides lifelong technical updating and timely technical support that are free of charge.

With the basic knowledge of the main features of VideoByte Blu-ray Player, you can have a quick flip through the guide on how to play DVDs on Windows 10 in the following.

Guide to Use VideoByte Blu-ray Player to play DVDs on Windows 10

Step 1: Download and Launch the VideoByte Blu-ray Player on Windows 10 Computer

Every user is able to access the free trial version. You can directly click the "Download" button as shown below to download the VideoByte Blu-ray Player app to your Windows 10 computer. After finishing the installation, the software program can be launched. 

Player Main


Make sure that your computer is connected to the Internet so that the software can decode the protected/region code used on the disc.

Step 2: Connect DVD Drive and Insert DVD Disc

If you want to play DVD/Blu-ray disc, you first need to connect an external DVD/Blu-ray drive with your Windows 10 computer and then insert a DVD/Blu-ray disc into the DVD/Blu-ray drive. 

Step 3: Load the DVD Disc to the Program

On the main interface of VIdeoByte Blu-ray Player, there are two buttons: Open File and Open Disc. If you want to play a DVD/Blu-ray disc, click on "Open Disc" button and choose the DVD/Blu-ray disc that you want to play. If you want to play common SD/HD videos, click on "Open File" button to load them to the program. The software program will load the disc for a while.

Open Disc

Step 4: Play DVDs/Blu-ray Videos

After loading the DVD/Blu-ray disc you select, you will see a still scene of the video shown on the screen. Before you enjoy your DVD/Blu-ray disc, you can switch the title, chapter, audio track, subtitles, etc. After that, you can click the "Play Movie" button to enjoy your DVD/Blu-ray movie on Windows 10 computer. 

Player Menu

3. FAQs on DVD Playback

Why Can't I Play DVDs on Windows 10?

There is no built-in DVD player in Windows 10 since the Microsoft Media Center on Windows 8 and higher versions is removed by Microsoft. Thus, there is no built-in way to play DVDs on your PC or laptop of these versions including Windows 10. However, Microsoft offers a paid software called Windows DVD Player. Also, you can turn to a free and powerful third-party DVD player to play DVDs on Windows 10.

Why is My DVD not Automatically Playing?

The possible reasons are listed as follow:

(1) Antivirus Software: In order to protect your PC or laptop from malware, some antivirus tools will prevent the AutoPlay feature from working. If the DVD disc that you want to play does not have any malware on it, you can disable the AutoPlay protection feature in the antivirus software that you are using. 

(2) Computer Settings: You might not have the AutoPlay option configured in your computer setting, which might lead to the issue. You can solve this issue by checking the AutoPlay setting in the "Setting App" of your computer. 

See more details: Fix AutoPlay not working for CDs and DVDs in Windows 10/11