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How to Play DVD in Windows 8

Lately Mircosoft announced that there will be No DVD Playback Support for Windows 8′s Windows Media Player. The core reason for this change in strategy is licensing fees that Microsoft has to pay to support features such as DVD playback in the operating system. This may let you down if you have some DVD collections and want to watch them in Windows 8. Don't worry, there are some shortcuts you can resort to. Read on to get more details.



Solution 1: How to convert DVD to play in Windows 8's Windows Media Player

You may get used to playing back your media files with the Windows-embedded media players, and it'll be troublesome to switch to other players. But you don't have much option now since the DVD playback is not available in Windows 8. Luckily, there's a solution where you can play DVD directly with Windows Media Player. That's to convert your DVD (including the latest DVDs) into the Windows Media Player's friendly formats like an WMV, AVI, MPEG or etc. Besides being able to playback a DVD smoothly, you can also back up your DVD from scratch. Very useful, isn't it? Here's how to do it.

Note: To convert the DVD to your desired format quickly and easily, the Wondershare Video Converter is highly recommended. It's packed with great quality, high efficiency and simplicity (in terms of interface). You can get the FREE download of the trial version here:

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1 Load your DVD files

Run this program and click Load DVD  to add your DVD files. Alternatively, you can drag the Video_TS folder directly onto the interface. DVD disc, ISO files, DVD folder and IFO files are all supported.

After uploading, you can design the file name, select your favorite subtitles, audio track and click the play icon to preview them.

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2 Select your preferred output format

Click on the Output Format to access the drop-down menu. Here you'll find a variety of formats and device's presets. In the Format tab, please choose WMV from the Video subcategory.

Note: Besides converting the DVD to an WMV file for playing with Windows Media Player, you can also convert to an AVI file  for the PSP, Xbox and Blackberry; to an MOV file for QuickTime or iTunes; to an FLV file  for YouTube; MP4 for iPod, iPhone, iPad; and much more.

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Tips: This Video Converter also provides hands-on editing feature. You can easily crop the black edges, trim out unwanted part, apply special video effect, add subtitles and etc. Please refer to the User Guide for more details.

3 Start to convert DVD in Windows 8

Hit the Convert button to kick off the DVD conversion for Windows 8 instantly. All the tasks will be done at fast speed and high quality. At the same time, the progress bar will display the percentage and remaining time of the conversion. Bingo! You've made it! Now you can playback the converted DVDs in Windows 8 Media Player with no restriction.

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See a detailed video tutorial:

Solution 2: How to play DVD in Windows 8 with third-party media players

You can also try out some of universal players below (totally free) in order to watch your DVDs in Windows 8:

wondershare player

Wondershare Player: With a vast array of video and audio formats supported: including DVD, AVI, MKV, MP4 and etc., you can easily and smoothly play a DVD disc in Windows 8 with the Wondershare Player. There's no longer the need of waiting for the disc to be loaded or having to endure the sudden jerks or cuts whilst watching the video. It's time to be back in control of your playback right now!

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vlc player

VLC: It's an open-source, highly-portable free media player, and the most popular among both Windows and Mac users. The subtitle's presentation is much smoother compared to other players and you can easily seek out favorite scenes with it versatile action buttons. The VLC player is able to playback smoothly a DVD disc, DVD folder or ISO image files. The only downside is that the changeable skin features does not work on a Mac OS X.

mplayer

MPlayer: MPlayer is also a powerful media player that supports tons of video formats and runs in Mac, Windows and Linux system. Compared with VLC, MPlayer features its playback on Blu-Ray DVD, though not all steps are handled by MPlayer itself. It's also worth mentioning that the installation takes up less space on your hard drive.

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