1 Jul 2013

How to watch DVD movies on Windows 8?

Author: Daisy Lee | Filed under: Tutorials

If you upgrade your PC to Windows 8, I it is surprise to find that Windows 8 has removed DVD playback and forsake the inclusion of Blu-ray playback which becomes quite a pity for Windows 8 users. This situation doesn’t happen with Windows 7, however. On Windows 7, you can insert your DVDs into a DVD drive and play then with Windows Media Player (A defaulted multimedia player on Windows 7), that situation won’t go with Windows 8 any longer.

What is the reason for Microsoft forego DVD playback?

Most likely, Microsoft is no longer willing to pay for the cost of the codecs required to play DVDs and Blu-rays-MPEG-2/4 for video and Dolby Digital for audio. Microsoft has to pay MPEG-LA (a patent-holding consortium) $2 for every copy of Windows 7 sold. Moreover, many new computers-especially for ultrabooks-aren’t coming with DVD drive. For economic sake, Microsoft gave up the support of DVD/Blu-ray originally to pass the savings to the OEMs.

However because PC buyers still hope to watch DVDs on their PC-something that Windows users have been get used to.

In this circumstance, let’s find some options for watching DVD movies on your Windows 8 PC.

Solution 1 Windows Media Center

You go on upgrading your Windows 8 system to Windows 8 Pro and you will get Windows Media Center for about $20. Otherwise, with the vanilla version you have need to purchase Windows 8 Pro Pack for $70. Then you will get a full version of Windows 8 Pro which includes Windows Media Center

windows media center

windows media center

You still have to pay for another $9.99 to buy DVD playback for limited time after you have Windows Media Center installed. From any point of view, this is not a brilliant choice for only play a DVD or Blu-ray movie, if you are not so wish.

Solution 2 A free third party DVD media player software

Actually, many kinds of media player software support DVD playback on Windows 8. For instance, you can simply install Aurora Blu-ray Media player-a powerful, brilliant and easy-to-use media player which will play all of your DVDs, MPEG-2, HD Video formats and Blu-ray Discs.

Here is the guide of how to use Aurora Blu-ray Media Player to play DVDs on Windows 8:

Step 1. Get free DVD Media Player and download it on your Windows 8 PC.

Step 2. The is no complicated operations for enjoying DVD media on your Windows 8 computer, what you should do is just to insert the disc and the app will read discs automatically.

Note: If the region assigned to this disc doesn’t match the region assigned to the DVD drive, the tool will indicate you to select the region before playback. You can only change the region 4 more times.

Step 3 Set the region casually and click continue, then you can watch DVD movies freely on your Windows 8 PC.

Besides, you still have multiple choices for the third party Blu-ray media player software, for instance, VLC media player, Power DVD, etc.

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