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How to Fix Windows Media Player Not Playing DVD on Windows 7/8/10 etc.

Many factors might lead to the WMP cannot play DVD on Windows computer. Get some workable troubleshooting tips from this post.

Windows Media Player, also known as WMP, is the default media player for Windows PC and mainly used to play video, audio, DVD and view picture. Through years of updating, Windows Media Player 12 released in 2009 is the most recent version, being included and widely applied in Windows 7/8/8.1/10. But there's a crucial note that WMP 12 no longer supports DVD playback since Windows 8.1. In other words, Windows Media Player 12 can only feel up to DVD playing mission on Windows 7. Otherwise, you have to retain the DVD playback function by turning to any elder version from Windows Media Player 8 to 11. >> WMP Release History[wiki]

So how to add DVD playback feature on Windows 8/8.1/10, rather than redownloading Windows Media Player in lower version? Microsoft recommends downloading DVD playback plug-ins and add-ons for WMP, as well as purchasing DVD player app in Windows Store like Windows DVD Player. But actually, there's much freeware that is able to play DVDs on Windows 8/8.1/10 with facility, like VLC Media Player and 5KPlayer.

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To work out the problem of DVD won't play on Windows Media Player, you should firstly make sure the DVD disc is clean and unbroken. Because DVD drive may not be able to read the dirty or scratched DVD correctly.

Fix Windows Media Player Won't/Cannot Play DVD Errors

Fix "Windows Media Player cannot play the DVD because a compatible DVD decoder is not installed on your computer"

In this case, if your computer was not equipped with any DVD decoder, please download and install one online, e.g CyberLink DVD, Power DVD. If you already have one, try uninstalling and reinstalling it to see whether this issue is tackled.
>>Free Download DVD Codec for Windows 10 Media Player

Fix "Windows Media cannot play DVD because there is a problem with digital copy protection between your DVD drive, decoder, and video card"

This error message is usually caused by digital copy protection from commercial DVD, like Netflix DVD and rented DVD. As the reminder hints, you can solve it from several aspects:
● Try to find out and troubleshoot computer problems by using "Windows Media Player DVD" troubleshooter under Control Panel -> Troubleshooting -> All Categories (View All).
● Reinstall the old driver, or update DVD/CD-ROM driver, video card driver and DVD decoder from manufacturer's web respectively;
● Remove or change to another (hard/software) decoder. Because some DVDs have requirement on the decoder for normal playback.

Paths to fix "Windows Media Player cannot play DVD video" in other situations

● Adjust Windows display settings by opening Display in Control Panel, and then lower the screen resolution and color quality.
● If the commercial DVDs were previously playable, you can try restoring system to a time before this started.
● If only home-made DVD cannot be played by WMP, maybe the DVD burning software is getting corrupted. It's suggested to uninstall and reinstall the application to check if it helps resolve the issue.
● Sometimes it says discs are empty after system upgrade, it's better to get a third party DVD player software package.
● When you run into circumstance of "Windows Media Player won't play DVD because your computer is running low on memory", please check what are running by either using task manager or performance monitor to see the memory usage of the programs that are running. Quit inessential programs, and then try again.

Play Encrypted DVDs in Windows Media Player or Anywhere Else with No Errors

Even the Windows Media Player won't play DVD trouble is swept away, there're still many stuffs that are unqualified to recognize and play DVDs, especially those encoded with special mechanisms. Thus, digitalizing DVD discs is always a good way. Here comes the strongest and also the 1st tool to support new DVDs - WinX DVD Ripper Platinum.

Rip DVD to Windows Media Player and More

Supported OS: Windows 98, NT, 2000, 2003, XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, 8.1, Windows 10 (32 & 64 bit).
Supported DVD: All DVDs with common encryptions & advanced Disney DRM (fitness/AV/TV/99-title DVDs included).
a). iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iTunes, Android & Windows photos/tabs, PSP etc. 410+ profiles;
b). MP4/H.264, MOV, AVI, WMV, MPEG, AVC, MTS, MP3, etc. 320+ video audio formats;
c). 4 DVD Backup modes to 1:1 clone DVD to ISO image/DVD folder, or copy title to an MPEG.

Steps to rip DVD: Click "DVD Disc" to load DVD into software -> Choose a format or device model according to your need -> Set destination folder, edit video, disable/choose/add subtitle, choose audio channel if necessary -> Tap "Run" to rip DVD with hardware acceleration.

Ultimately, if you want a fast, effective, and fairly user-friendly DVD-ripping solution, WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is the way to go.

If you have a friend that wants to watch movies on their computer, iPad, smartphone, or any other device, a premium DVD ripper like WinX's offering can be a nice gift.

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum does a very good job backing up and transcoding your DVD collection, including your copy-protected discs. It worked flawlessly in my tests.

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is a very comfortable easy to use DVD ripper that worked fine with every DVD we asked it to rip.

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