"How to play DVD on Windows 8/8.1? – Why WMP(Windows Media Player) cannot play DVD on Windows 8? I was gonna play DVD with Windows Media Player Windows 8 just like what I did on Windows 7, but was failed to do so. Anybody out there have an idea on how to play DVD on Windows 8 Media Player?"

It’s widely known that Microsoft has removed DVD playback support from Windows 8 OS. Microsoft no longer wanted to pay licensing fees to the companies owning the patents to the MPEG-2 decoder and Dolby Digital audio support required for people to play DVD with Windows Media Player Windows 8/8.1/10. If you want to play DVD on Windows 8 Media Player, you have to purchase the Windows 8 Media Center Pack for $10. However, there are solutions that could help you play DVD in Windows 8. In this post, you will be shared with 2 ways on how to play DVD in Windows 8 for totally free. These solutions could also be used for you to play DVD on Windows 8.1 and 10 without additional cost.

Part 1: Play DVD on Windows 8 with Free Windows 8 DVD Player

Without upgrading to the for-pay Windows Media Center pack at $10, Windows 8 users would not have to right to directly play DVD on Windows 8 Media Player. Therefore, an alternative to Windows 8 Media Player would be the first choice. A free Windows 8 DVD player could play DVD on Windows 8 without any additional cost. Abundant free DVD player software are available for Windows 8 users to choose for playing DVD on Windows 8. I would like to share 2 different free DVD player software for Windows 8 here.

#1. Leawo Free DVD Player

Leawo Free DVD player tops all candidates. It offers lifelong free service for playing DVD discs, DVD folders, DVD ISO files and IFO files. Besides, it could playback DVD discs from different places and countries. Playing those most recent DVD releases is also out of question. Some bonus features are also the icing on the cake. For instance, subtitles and audio tracks are selectable during playback, so you can enjoy DVD movies in preferred language. More, various advanced audio decoding technologies like Dolby, AAC, TrueHD, DTSHD, DTS5.1, etc. are fully supported so as to deliver the cinema-like movie watching experience. Far more than a single free DVD player, it is also a free Blu-ray player to play Blu-ray disc on Windows 8/8.1/10, free HD video to play up to 4K/1080P videos, and free audio player to play audio losslessly.

Leawo Free Blu-ray Player

#2. VLC Media Player

VLC has been around for over a decade and is one of the most popular media players available — free or otherwise. It ranks No. 1 for video players at CNET’s Download.com and has been downloaded over 47 million times. One of the reasons for its popularity is its support for a wide variety of audio and video file formats.

VLC Media Player

To get a more detailed aknowledgement upon these 2 free DVD player software, you could visit "Top 5 Best Free DVD Player Software for Windows". This post offers you a detailed comparison between these 2 apps.

Part 2: Play DVD on Windows 8 with Free Windows 8 DVD Ripper

Free DVD player is not the only way to play DVD in Windows 8 for free. A free DVD ripper could also be of assistance. Even though Windows Media Player has no support for DVD, it could still play back video in format like AVI, WMV, MP4, etc. So you can use the DVD ripper freeware– Winx DVD Ripper to rip DVD to MP4, rip DVD to WMV, rip DVD to AVI, etc. After converting, your DVD movies could be successfully played on Windows Media Player. With free Windows 8 DVD ripper software, you have no need to turn to those third-party free DVD players for Windows 8. By ripping and converting DVD, you could then play DVD with Windows Media Player Windows 8/8.1/10 for free.

There is another advantage for using the free DVD ripper. After converting, you can even watch DVD movies on portable players like iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, HTC One, Galaxy S4, iPad Mini 2, iPad Air, Nexus 7 2, and more.

Free DVD Ripper for Windows 8

The below is a simple guide on how to use free DVD ripper to rip and convert DVD to Windows Media Player video files (with the extension of .wmv or.mp4).

  1. Import DVD movie to your Windows (8/8.1/10) PC by clicking "DVD Disc" button or import DVD folder by clicking "Folder" button on this free DVD ripper software.
  2. Select your targeted video format. You can effortlessly rip DVD to MP4, MPEG, WMV, MOV, FLV or Music, and convert DVD to iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, HTC, Samsung, PSP. Since you need to play DVD on Windows Media Player on Windows 8/8.1/10, choose WMV or MP4.
  3. Hit the "Start" button and go. Enjoy fast DVD ripping speed with this free DVD Ripper.
Free DVD Ripper Guide for Windows 8

Make the right choice:

If you want a free DVD player for Windows 8/8.1/10 that could play DVD on Windows 8 and later versions smoothly, Leawo’s Free DVD Player is a good option. Not to mention that it even plays Blu-ray on Windows for free. However, on the other hand, if you want to watch DVD on both PC and mobile devices, for sure free DVD Ripper software is the best choice.