Video streaming services are on everyone's lips, but many of us still have quite extensive DVD collections. Inserting a DVD into your Windows 10 computer may cause problems because Windows 10 Media Player does not support regular DVDs. So how do you play your favorite CDs in Windows 10?
Do not panic. You have a few options. Several PC brands bundle multimedia software that allows you to play a DVD. However, sometimes these products are inherently limited. Microsoft offers a Windows DVD Player app that costs $ 15 and has resulted in a number of bad reviews. A better option is free third-party programs. Products like the VLC Media Player, the 5KPlayer, Kodi and Daum's Pot Player can play your DVDs without much effort. Let's take a look at the DVD player app from Microsoft and these free products.
Microsoft's Windows DVD Player
The Windows DVD Player App sold in the Microsoft Store is a barebones affair, but it works the least part of the time). You may want to try the 7-day trial first. To do this, click on the ellipses next to the Buy button () and choose Free Trial. This free version does not play DVDs, just informs you if they are compatible with your PC's built-in DVD player.
You & # 39; From the reviews it is clear that the DVD player from Microsoft does not necessarily get good grades. Many people complain that the app does not work properly or permanently. Others complain that they should spend $ 1
If you decide to open your wallet, download the app and start it from the Start menu shortcut. Insert a DVD into your drive and click on the Playback option for the movie or TV show. You can access the usual commands, including play, pause, stop, fast-forward, rewind, volume and resize screen.
VLC Media Player
Developed by the people of VideoLAN, VLC Media Player is an experienced and versatile multimedia player. The program can play music and videos stored on your PC or home network, as well as DVDs, CDs and Blu-ray Discs. VLC Media Player is free, although you can always donate some money for its development.
Download and install the software from first. VideoLAN VLC Media Player Website . Start the VLC Media Player via the shortcut to the start menu. Insert a DVD and it should start up automatically. If not, click the Media menu, select the Open Disc command, select the option for DVD, and click the Play button. You will notice a number of controls for controlling your video.
The 5KPlayer is powered by an outfit called DearMob and can play HD videos, DVDs and even online radio stations. With the built-in Apple AirPlay feature, you can stream audio and video from your iPhone. And you can grab videos from YouTube and other streaming services.
Download 5KPlayer from and install it. Start the software via the Start menu link. You will be asked to register by entering your name and email address to download videos for free and access Apple's AirPlay. You then enter the registration code you received by e-mail, and you can proceed immediately.
Insert a DVD into your drive and press the DVD button. Click OK and your DVD will play. The controls on the screen allow you to play, pause, jump forward, jump behind, and change the volume. Yes, watching a DVD is so easy. However, the 5KPlayer is packed with so many other cool features that it really is a rugged and resourceful multimedia player. This is a winner.
The free and open source program Kodi is a multi-talented player that can handle stored videos, music, games and DVDs. If you connect a personal video recorder to your computer, you can even access live TV and radio. Download Kodi on a Windows 10 PC from the download page of the program or from its page in the Microsoft Store .
Insert your DVD and open Kodi. From the main screen, choose what type of media you want to play and where you can access it. Simply click on the "Disc" option for a DVD and your movies or TV shows will automatically start up. If not, click the button to play the disc. By default, Kodi plays your DVD in full screen. However, you can change this via the program settings. Click on the screen to bring up the control panel, and you can pause, pause, resume, skip to the next scene, or return to the previous scene.
The program will help you to know the name of the DVD, elapsed and total time, the current time, and the time the video ended when you watched it without pausing. After a few seconds, all information disappears, allowing you to enjoy your media in full size. Press the Esc key at any time to access the Kodi main menu and settings. As an example, I wanted to set the default view from full screen to window, which I could do on the screen under Settings.
Daum's Pot Player
A multimedia program from Daum, Pot Player, can handle, among other things, video, audio, DVDs and Blu-rays work. The software even supports certain types of 3D glasses, so you can immerse yourself in 3D videos. Download and install Pot Player from the website . Depending on your version of Windows, select 10 for the 32-bit or 64-bit variant.
Launch the program from the Start menu shortcut and insert the DVD. Click on the Hamburger icon () and select Open> Open DVD to start your disc. You may find that the usual screen buttons can control media playback, and much more.