This article will show you how to watch DVDs on a Windows computer using VLC media player. Windows 10 currently doesn't have a built-in program that plays DVDs, but you can download the free VLC media player and watch DVDs in it. If your computer doesn't have an optical drive, buy an internal or external DVD drive.
Part 1 of 3: How to Install VLC
Step 1. Go to the VLC download page in your web browser
Her address is
Step 2. Click Download VLC
This orange button is on the right side of the page. The installation file of the latest version of the VLC media player will be downloaded to your computer.
Depending on your browser, you may need to specify a download folder first and / or click Save or Download
Step 3. Double click on the downloaded installation file
It is marked with an orange and white cone icon and is located in your downloads folder (for example, in your Downloads folder or on your desktop).
Step 4. Click Yes when prompted
The VLC installer window will open.
Step 5. Open the menu and select a language
Then click OK.
Step 6. Click Next on each next page
The VLC media player will be installed with optimal settings.
Step 7. Click Install
You will find this button at the bottom of the window. The installation of the VLC media player will begin.
You can follow the progress of the installation by the green bar in the pop-up window
Step 8. Click Finish when prompted
The installer window will close. The VLC media player is now installed on the computer.
Part 2 of 3: How to Make VLC the Primary Video Player
Step 1. Open the Start Menu
Click on the Windows logo in the lower left corner of the screen.
Step 2. Click on "Options"
This gear-shaped icon is in the lower-left side of the Start window.
Step 3. Click on Applications
It is an icon in the form of dots and horizontal lines.
Step 4. Click Default Applications
It's a tab on the left side of the window.
Step 5. Scroll down to the Video Player section and tap on the current app
The current application is likely to be Movies & TV.
Step 6. Click VLC
This orange cone-shaped icon is in the pop-up window. VLC is now the main video player of the computer.
Part 3 of 3: How to Play DVD in VLC
Step 1. Insert the DVD into your computer's DVD drive
In this case, the disc label must face up.
If VLC opens, the DVD will play automatically
Step 2. Launch VLC
Click on the VLC shortcut on your desktop; if there is no shortcut, enter "vlc" in the start menu and then click on the VLC icon.
Step 3. Open the Media menu
It's in the upper left corner of the VLC window.
Step 4. Click Open Disc
It's near the top of the Media menu. A window will open with a number of options.
Step 5. Click Play
It's near the bottom of the window. After a minute or so, the DVD will start playing.
If your disc has a movie title screen (like most discs), click Play or Select Scene
- Windows Media Player (WMP) no longer supports DVD playback.
- If you don't want to use the VLC media player, there are many similar free media players that can be found on the internet (such as RealPlayer and DivX).