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Windows DVD Player Free Download – Play DVDs on Windows 10, 8, 7

This is a roundup of top Windows DVD players in 2020. Just find out your favorite to download on Windows PC for DVD playback.

If you want to play DVD on Windows PC, a DVD player is indispensible. Windows 7 users are lucky, because they can play a DVD directly using the default Windows Media Player without installing third-party on-Windows DVD player software. But this is not the case for Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10 customers. Because of the removal of DVD playback functionality from Windows OS, they need to pay for Windows Media Center to enable DVD playback, or turn to a 3rd-party DVD player app. Worse, if they perform a clean upgrade to or re-installation of Windows 10, they will lose the DVD playback option again. And then what they are required to activate DVD playback is to buy Windows DVD Player with $14.99 from Windows Store.

Yes, we have to face the brutal truth: Windows Media Center is gone and Windows 10 won't play DVDs natively. Fed up with such kind of games? Want to collect some Windows compatible DVD players that are more powerful than the native option? Actually, many free and paid DVD players are out there. Here we single out the top Windows DVD player software (most are free) from non-Microsoft websites that can help play DVD on Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7 easily and perfectly.

tipsIf you have dozens of cherished DVD discs but want to keep them away from fingerprint, scratch or damage while playing, we highly recommend you to copy DVDs to hard drive and play the digital versions on your windows PC or mobile on the go.

#1 Windows DVD Player – 100% free & clean 5KPlayer

License: Freeware | Ratings: ★★★★★

Recommended reasons:
1. Good compatibility: this Windows DVD player is fully compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and even Windows 10. So, no matter which operating system you are working on, it is a good option. Meanwhile, it also comes with a Mac version to help DVD playback on Mac.
2. Play all kinds of DVDs: homemade DVDs, commercial DVDs with 1/2/3/4/5/6 region code, commercial movie DVDs protected by all copy protection schemes, such as, CSS, RCE, UOPs, APS, Sony ArccOS, Disney DRM, etc.
3. Play DVD-like Sources: apart from playing DVD discs, it can also play ISO image files and DVD VIDEO_TS folders.
4. Fast launch speed and high video audio quality.
5. All-in-one best media player: besides acting as a free DVD player for Windows (10), it is also a (3D/4K/8K) video player, music video player, radio player, online video downloader, and an AirPlay Sender and Receiver.

Best Windows DVD Player
Best Windows DVD Player

Can't Play/Read/Decode DVD on Windows? Read on...

Actually, Windows Media Player won't play DVDs due to probably some kinds of reasons. Your DVD is encrypted by region code or physic damaged with bad sector. It would be DVD driver issue or you don't have a compatible DVD decoder installed. If you'd like to stick with Windows Media Player, you can use some DVD ripper to copy a DVD when playback issues happen.

Free download WinX DVD Ripper Platinum to make a digital copy. This tool supports both home-made DVDs and commercial DVD movies, 99-title DVDs, TV series DVDs and more. Digitize DVD to MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV, and other popular formats to fit for computers, smartphones, tablets, game consoles, etc.

#2 Windows DVD Player – CyberLink PowerDVD

License: Proprietary commercial software | Ratings: ★★★★

Recommended reasons:
1. Fully compatible with Windows OS. PowerDVD is a media player for Microsoft Windows, and just like 5KPlayer, it has been updated to support for Windows 10.
2. Powerful media playback capability. As powerful as the first recommended Windows DVD player, PowerDVD Ultra version ($99.95) can play HD videos, 3D video movies and music. What's more, it provides Blu-ray playback option.
3. New features added: TrueTheater® Color, TrueTheater® Sound and Video Scene Selector.

Windows DVD Player - PowerDVD

PowerDVD 15 version comparison



Input Support

PowerDVD Live

$14.99/3 mo. ; $44.99/12 mo.

Blu-ray, DVD, Video, Audio

PowerDVD 19 Ultra


Blu-ray, DVD, Video, Audio

PowerDVD 19 Pro


Limited Blu-ray/DVD/Video/Audio

PowerDVD 19 Standard


DVD Movie (DVD, DVD-VR, DVD+VR) CPRM Protected Disc & limited video/audio

#3 Windows DVD Player – VLC Media Player

License: Freeware | Ratings: ★★★★

Recommended reasons:
1. Free clean open source media player. When it comes to a Windows DVD player, VLC is the must-recommend one. And it is also a top DVD player for Windows 10. Unlike KMPlayer supporting ads, it is clean and safe.
2. It can play DVD folder and ISO files.
3. Multiple functions. Playing DVD is just one of the functions. Besides that, it can also play VCD, SVCD, CD, container formats like VOB, video audio formats, etc.

Note: While using VLC, "VLC won't play DVD" error may happen sometimes. And the reasons are various, such as:
VLC is not associated with .vob files.
VLC lacks some codecs for DVD playback.
VLC can't play DVD because there's difference between the burning speed of the DVD disc and the speed in which your computer can play some media.

DVD player for Windows -VLC player
VLC media player

If you want to download a free DVD player for your Windows OS, be it Windows 7, 8, 8.1, or 10, 5KPlayer is your best choice. With this tool, you can play virtually any kinds of DVD files in high quality without errors.


author - Kistent Waung

Kistent Waung

Graduated from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, she employs herself in IT related content creation (since 2013) and happens to perfectly combine her major (computer & science) and her gusto (writing). She's seasoned at offering video audio conversion workarounds and always passionate about new trends, from hot HEVC, 4K to the new AV1 codec.

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