why is my laptop not playing dvds

Upgrade to Windows 8 or 10 and you may be surprised to find that you can no longer play video DVDs or Blu-ray. Unlike previous versions of Windows, Windows 8 and 10 don t include built-in support for playing DVDs. Microsoft opted not to include DVD support because so many new computers в especially tablets and ultrabooks в arenвt coming with DVD drives. Microsoft pays a licensing fee for each copy of Windows that ships with DVD support. Note : You can still use data DVDs with Windows 8 or 10. This only applies to video DVDs. The easiest way to play DVDs in Windows 8 or Windows 10 is by installing a third-party DVD player. We recommend the popular. Itвs free, and after you install it youвll be able to play DVDs in VLC в no problem. Blu-rays are another story, as they are supported but many of them won t play because of DRM encryption. To play a DVD in VLC, click the Media menu and select Open Disc. VLC is far from the only media player you can use there are a ton of free, third-party media players with integrated support for DVDs. If you purchased a new Windows 8 or 10 computer that comes with a DVD or Blu-ray drive, your computerвs manufacturer has likely included DVD-playing software with your computer. It will probably be configured to open automatically when you insert a video DVD. If it isnвt, you can try typing
DVD В or Blu-ray at the Start screen to search your installed applications and see if you have any applications with DVD (or Blu-ray) in their name.

To examine all the software on your computer, use the All Apps screen. Press the Windows key to access the Start screen, right-click anywhere on the Start screen, and select All Apps. Scroll through the list of installed applications and look for a DVD-playing program. If you re using Windows 10, you can click the All Apps item on the Start Menu to see the same list of applications. Microsoft no longer includes Windows Media Center with Windows 8. Windows Media Center, which includes DVD playback, is available separately. If you have Windows 8 Pro, you can purchase the Windows 8 Media Center Pack to activate Windows Media Center and DVD playback on your computer. Microsoft is offering the Windows 8 Media Center Pack for free until January 31, 2013 в. If you have the basic, non-Pro edition of Windows 8 on your computer, youвll have to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro by purchasing the Windows 8 Pro Pack before you can get Windows 8 Media Center. Use the Add features to Windows 8 control panel to upgrade. To open it, press the Windows key, type add features, tap or click the Settings category, and tap or click Add features to Windows 8. Windows Media Center is not available for Enterprise versions of Windows 8. While it may seem a bit weird that Microsoft has removed this feature from Windows 8, itвs explained by the increasing focus on streaming media and the amount of new computers coming without DVD drives. The easy installation of VLC and the reality that computer manufacturers will include their own DVD-playing software mean that Windows 8вs lack of DVD support isnвt really a problem.

Another DVD playback program is installed on your computer and is preventing Media Center from playing the DVD. Try closing the other program. If that doesn't work, you might need to uninstall it. Your DVD drive is disabled, or you don't have the right driver installed on your computer. For more information, see. Your screen resolution is not compatible with the DVD you're trying to play. You might need to change the screen resolution on your computer. For more information, see. The cable you're using to connect your computer to your display isn't compatible with the DVD you're trying to play. If you're using an older type of cable connection, you might need to connect your computer to your display using a VGA, DVI, or HDMI cable. For more information about cable types and connections, see. Your DVD drive isn't compatible with the type of DVD you're trying to play. For example, some drives can only read DVD+R or DVD-R discs. If you're trying to play a burned DVD that the DVD-ROM drive doesn't support, the DVD won't play. The DVD is encoded for a different region. Most computer DVD players will only work with DVDs that are encoded for the same region that the computer was purchased in. So if you buy a DVD in one country and then try to play it on a computer from a different country, that DVD might not play.

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