I received a weird email for help on how to play DVD on Acer laptop, however, except for the indicated Windows 10 platform, there is no further information available. At first I meant to postpone this email, but I remembered I had responded to similar questions before regarding watching DVD on Dell and ASUS. So I have compiled this post to help those people who don't really have a clue yet how to watch DVD on Acer laptop with or without a built-in DVD drive player.
Kevincy | Dec 29, 2020
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How to play DVD on Acer laptop? Well, the solution varies depending on whether there is an inherent DVD drive pre-installed in the Acer laptop. As you know, Acer has different product lines for casual household use, business, gaming or studios. Based on two different scenarios, I'll separately explain the details to watch DVD on Acer laptop with or without a built-in optical drive. Let's go straight to the point.

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Part 1: How to Play DVD on Acer Laptop with A DVD Drive?

Some old and classic models of Acer laptop like Acer Aspire E15 are equipped with an optical drive that enables you to get immersed in DVD entertainment. However, some people complained that once they put DVDs in, nothing happened, that is, no icon popped up to let them know how to play and didn't have any button to open DVD disk.

Actually, following the discontinuation of Media Center in Windows 10 and the removal of DVD codecs from Windows 8, Windows 10 also does not natively support DVD playback unless you pay for a Windows DVD Player APP at $15. In this case, it's a better choice to turn to some great free DVD players for Windows 10, such as VLC, MPC-HC, PotPlayer, etc., and then enable Windows 10 AutoPlay to prompts you what action to take when you insert CD/DVD, USB, Media Cards or removable drive.


Part 2: How to Play DVD on Acer Laptop without A DVD Drive?

Over the last ten years, most laptop computers no longer come with optical disc drives in order to reduce costs and make devices thinner and lighter, requiring consumers to purchase external optical drives. So how to watch DVD on Acer laptop without a DVD drive? Two solutions are provided below.


Solution 1 - Disc to Digital Service

Some Disc-to-Digital services like Vudu and Movies Anywhere allow you to redeem your code found with the purchase of your discs to add the digital version of that movies to your account so that you can stream and play DVDs on Acer laptop without a DVD drive as long as there is a good network connection.

Sounds good, right? However, there are some studios that do not participate in the Disc to Digital program, so some of your movies (especially for classic movies) will not be eligible for Disc to Digital conversion. Moreover, it's said that some Disc-to-Digital services would remove some of your movies due to ever-changing Terms of Service, copyright, ownership right and the like.


Solution 2 - Purchase an External DVD Drive

So the surefire way to watch DVD on Acer laptop is to purchase an external DVD drive. That's the reason why many people prefer to physical media, you can take full control of your own purchased DVDs. But in case of changing your DVD player region to play DVDs bought in different regions, you're recommended to purchase a one-stop external region-free Blu-ray/DVD drive with hassle-free.


Part 3: Build Your Own DVD Digital Library on Acer Laptop

Obviously, it's not convenient to take along the DVD boxes and a DVD player with you on a trip. So building your own DVD digital library is the most secure and reliable method to watch DVDs on Acer Laptop no matter if there is no DVD drive or network connection. WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro is a sought-after program in the industry to help you make the process easier and simpler, whether it's a commercial DVD or homemade DVD or recorded DVD.

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    Step 1

    Insert one DVD disc to internal/external DVD drive. Run WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro, click on "DVD Disc" button on the main interface and select your DVD drive letter. Click OK, it will analyze the DVD content and list all titles after a few seconds. In the process of analyzing, it will remove all kinds of DVD encryption, such as CSS, regional code, Disney X-Project DRM, etc., which is not available to most DVD copy programs on the market. Additionally, you're allowed to import DVD ISO image or VIDEO_TS folder as well.

    Step 2

    The program will automatically select the main title. Select an output format like MP4, MKV from 300+ presets on the right side, and specify a directory to save the converted digital movie file. You're able to select multiple audio tracks and subtitle tracks as wish. Lastly, hit "RUN" button to back up your DVDs.


    Final Words...

    Now you have learned how to play DVD on Acer laptop Windows 10 with or without a DVD Drive. In summary, the different solutions have their own advantages and disadvantages. To think about that trade off, I'm more inclined to build a personal DVD digital library on Acer laptop, and you can also watch DVDs anytime and anywhere via Network Attached Storage or Plex Media Server. So what's your opinion? You're welcomed to leave me a message via Facebook. Thanks for reading.

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