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DVD Will Not Play on PC Computer – Why and How to Fix It?

Why can't play DVD on PC? How to solve "DVD not playing on PC"? Get all answers below.

"DVD will not play on PC" arises quite frequently. Insert a DVD into the DVD-ROM, and wait for DVD loading and playing in anticipation. However, to your disappointment, your PC seems unable to play DVD for you. Typically, it shows green screen in your media player or get only sound. How could this happen? How to get it fixed? As a matter of fact, the solutions vary with the causes. You are not the first person to encounter this issue, and will not be the last one. And you are lucky to find this article which will explain why PC can't play DVD in details and help you play self-burned DVDs and purchased commercial DVDs on Windows PC.

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Part 1: Why Your DVD Disc Cannot Be Decoded?

PC computer will not play DVD for a variety of reasons. And here, we will list the most common causes and the corresponding solutions to have a try.

1. Your disc or DVD drive is disabled.
If you find a DVD will not play on PC, please check if your DVD-ROM drive is enabled or your disc is undamaged. When your disc is corrupted or inserted improperly, DVD player/drive won't detect the disc. Similarily, when your DVD drive is disabled, you'll experience an DVD drive not working issue on Windows 10/8/7. No matter what the cases, DVD failed to play on Windows PCs.

2. Your PC DVD-ROM drive doesn't support the type of DVD.
Some DVD-ROM drives can read both DVD+R and DVD-R discs. However, some DVD-ROM drives can only read one of them. If you burn a DVD with a type of recordable DVD that the DVD-ROM drive does not support, the DVD will not play on your PC.

3. Display screen resolution doesn't match with the DVD.
If this is the case, you need to change your PC screen resolution to be compatible with the DVD you want to play: Start -> Control Panel -> Appearance and Personalization -> Adjust screen resolution. You may need to change your display resolution to 640x480 or 720x480.

4. The region code of your DVD player and drive is not matchable with DVD disc.
Generally speaking, the majority PC DVD players can only play DVDs that are encoded for the same region where the PC was sold. Region 1 DVD players can only play region 1 DVD discs and you have to make your DVD player region free for a successful playback. To put it simply, if you purchase a DVD in one country and you are unlikely to play it on a PC from a different country. If DVD won't play back on PC issue really results from DVD region code, we can only set the DVD aside and do not expect to watch the DVD video? Actually not. You can turn to third-party software to handle it.

Part 2: Rip DVD to Digital Formats to Fix DVD Not Playing Error on PC

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Part 3: Apply A Region-free DVD Player to Play DVDs from All Regions on Windows PC.

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Donna Peng

Donna Peng has been working as a copywriter in Digiarty Software for many years. She has written loads of articles to help people handle their DVDs, videos and other stuff.

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