Wed. May 25th, 2022

Video-streaming services are all the rage, but many of us still have pretty hefty DVD collections. Unfortunately, if you pop a DVD into your Windows 10 computer, you may bump into trouble because Windows 10 Media Player doesn’t support regular DVDs. So how can you play your favorite discs in Windows 10?

Don’t panic. You have a few options. Several PC brands bundle in multimedia software through which you can play a DVD, though sometimes these products are limited in nature. Microsoft offers a Windows DVD Player app, but it costs $15 and has generated a number of poor reviews. A better option lies in free, third-party programs. Products like VLC Media Player, 5KPlayer, Kodi, Daum’s Pot Player, and Leawo Blu-ray Player can play your DVDs with little muss or fuss. Let’s look at your options.

Microsoft’s Windows DVD Player

The Windows DVD Player app sold in the Microsoft Store is a barebones affair, but it works (at least most of the time). You may first want to check out the seven-day trial version. To do this, click the ellipsis next to the Buy button and select Free Trial. However, this free version won’t actually play DVDs, rather it simply tells you if it’s compatible with your PC’s built-in DVD player.

Windows DVD Player

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You’ll notice from the reviews that Microsoft’s DVD Player doesn’t get stellar grades; it has an average three out of five stars. Many people complain that the app doesn’t work right or consistently. Others gripe about spending $15 for an app they feel should be free.

If you decide to open your wallet, download and launch the app. Insert a DVD into your drive and click Play. You’ll have access to the usual array of commands, including Play, Pause, Stop, Fast Forward, Rewind, Control Volume, and Resize Screen.

VLC Media Player

Developed by the folks at VideoLAN, VLC Media Player is a versatile multimedia player; it 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, though you can always donate some funds to its development.

VLC Media Player

(Image: VideoLAN)

First, download and install the software from the VideoLAN VLC Media Player website. Launch VLC Media Player, insert a DVD, and it should rev up automatically. If not, click Media > Open Disc > DVD, then click the play button. You’ll find a full range of buttons to control playback.


5KPlayer can play high-def videos, DVDs, and even online radio stations. A built-in Apple AirPlay feature lets you stream audio and video from your iPhone. You can also snag videos from YouTube and other streaming services.


(Image: 5KPlayer)

Download and install 5KPlayer, then launch the software. You are asked to register by entering your name and email address in order to freely download videos and tap into Apple’s AirPlay. Enter the registration code you receive by email, and you’re good to go.

Pop a DVD in your drive and press the button for DVD. Click OK, and your DVD starts playing. Onscreen controls let you play, stop, jump ahead, skip behind, and change the volume. Yes, watching a DVD is as simple as that. But 5KPlayer is packed with so many other cool features that it’s truly a robust and resourceful multimedia player. This one’s a winner.


A free and open-source program, Kodi is a multi-talented player that can handle stored videos, music, games, and DVDs. By attaching a personal video recorder to your computer, you can even access live TV and radio.

On a Windows 10 PC, download and install Kodi from the program’s Download page or from the Microsoft Store.


(Image: Kodi)

Insert your DVD and open Kodi. At the main screen, choose which type of media you want to play and where to access it. For a DVD, just click the option for Disc, and your movie or TV show should automatically rev up. If not, click the Play Disc button. By default, Kodi plays your DVD in full-screen mode, though you can change this through the program’s settings. Click the screen to display the control panel and you can pause, stop, resume, jump to the next scene, or go back to the previous scene.

The program helpfully shows you the name of the DVD, elapsed and total time, the current time, and the time the video will finish if you watch it without stopping. After a few seconds, all that information fades away so you can enjoy your media in full-screen glory. Press the Esc button at any time to access Kodi’s main menu and settings. As one example, I wanted to change the default view from full screen to windowed, something I was able to do at the Display screen under Settings.

Daum’s Pot Player

A multimedia program from the folks at Daum, Pot Player can handle video, audio, DVDs, and Blu-rays, among other formats. 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. Choose either the 32-bit or 64-bit flavor, depending on your version of Windows 10.

pot player

(Image: Daum)

Launch the program from its Start menu shortcut and insert your DVD. Click the hamburger icon and select Open > Open DVD to fire up your disc. You’ll find the usual onscreen buttons to control media playback and more.

Leawo Blu-ray Player

Leawo Blu-ray Player is a free and versatile media player that can handle content from Blu-ray discs, DVDs, folders, and ISO files. The program is simple to use. Just pop in the disc, and Leawo should automatically detect it. Click the icon for the disc to play it. You can play, pause, stop, go forward, go back, and even loop the video from your disc. 

Leawo Blu-ray Player

(Image: Leawo)
A disc menu displays all the major titles and sections so you can jump to a specific one. You can also bounce back and forth between windowed mode and full-screen mode.

By Boinero

Tech Savvy, Enthusiast, Graphic Designer (Aspiring WEBDEV), Samsung/Pixel Lover, Occasional Blogger - Business -Family Man... Can help on Tech-related issue because is a passion to me

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