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Three Ways to Play DVD in Windows 8

Author by Vita

November 6, 2019

Microsoft removed the native DVD playback support in Windows 8. So if you try to play DVD in Windows 8 as you did in the older versions, you will find that it doesn't work. Don’t worry! Here we have selected several good solutions for you to solve this problem. Of courses, you can digitize your DVD movies for more convenient playback. Click the link to install the excellent DVD ripper:   

Can Windows 8 Play DVDs

As video streaming services have become the mainstream for home entertainment and more and more people choose to play on-demand movies rather than purchase and rent DVD discs, Microsoft has gradually focused on digital media playback functions and stopped to add the native support for DVD playback since Windows 8. How to watch a DVD in windows 8? Fortunately, there are still many alternative ways to play DVD in Windows 8. In this article, we will show three popular and effective ones.

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Method 1: Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro and Install Windows Media Center Pack

If you’re currently using Windows 8, you can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro Pack to play DVD in Windows 8 Pro, or if you’re using Windows 8 Pro, purchase Media Center Pack add-on to enable DVD playback. Since Microsoft has ended for sale of Windows 8 Pro Pack and Media Center Pack add-on, you can go to or other retailers for purchasing. The Pro pack costs around $69.99, and Windows Media Center Pack is available for about $9.99.

Method 2: Use a Third-party DVD Player to Play DVD in Window 8

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There are some third-party players letting Windows 8 play DVDs. The well-known VLC media player has strong support for DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs and other types of files. Furthermore, it’s completely free and perfectly compatible with the Windows 8 system. You can install VLC on the VideoLAN official page:

After you have installed it on your computer, insert a DVD disc into the computer DVD-ROM drive and open the DVD with VLC media player.

Apart from VLC, you can also try other media players coming with DVD playback features, such as Pot player, BlazeDVD, and GOM Player Free.

Method 3: Digitize DVDs with WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro

Digitizing DVDs is a handy way to play DVDs on computers. After you convert DVD format to digital one, such as DVDs to MP4, AVI, WMV, MPG, and so forth, you’re able to play the converted movie files in Windows 8 easily, and even transfer them to your mobile devices so that you can play movies on the move. WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro is a good Windows DVD ripping tool that supports over 300 digital formats and devices. Meanwhile, it can help you make ISO images and DVD folders from DVDs. The software supports hardware acceleration and can fully utilize GPU and CPU to speed up its performance in a stable and smooth way. Here is how to play a DVD in Windows 8 by conversion.

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Windows 8 Play DVDs – How to Digitize DVDs for Playing in Windows

Add a DVD Source

Before start, please free downloadfree download and install the Windows 8 DVDs ripper on PC.

Step 1. Load the DVD Source

Insert a DVD disc into your computer DVD-ROM drive, open WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro, click on DVD Disc, then choose the target drive letter on the new dialog and choose OK. WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro will bypass copy protection like DVD region code, CSS, RCE, etc., list all tittles and select the main title.

Choose MP4 as the Output Format

Step 2. Choose a Video Format

Hit Output Format profile on the right side of the window, navigate to Video tab. As you need to play DVD in Windows 8, choosing MP4, AVI, WMV, MPG, and other video formats supported by Windows 8 is recommended.

Click Run to Start the Conversion

Step 3. Convert DVD to Video

Hit the three dots icon on the bottom of the window to determine where to save the converted file. Finally, click on Run to start the conversion.

Meanwhile, you can rip DVDs with needed subtitles. Open the subtitle option below the corresponding title and choose your preferred subtitle. You can also add subtitles to the movie. The DVD ripper offers extra editing features for clipping, cutting, adding special effects to videos, as well.

In Summary

All the solutions on how to play DVD in Windows 8 have been introduced. You can follow any of them to watch DVD movies with ease. If you still have any question or windows 8 won’t play DVDs after you have tried all the methods, please contact us. Meanwhile, we highly recommend that you digitize your DVDs for handier playback and backup.

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