How to watch a DVD or Blu-Ray on Windows 8

1. If you are currently on Windows 8 (regular) then I have bad news. Windows Media Center is NOT included. If you are on Windows 8 Pro, you can download a free package to install it (until February 2013) and watch DVD’s via the Media Center

2. Alright, Pro users can then use the Media Center to watch their favorite DVD’s, but what about the rest?

3. First, make sure to check out VLC because it is the best alternative and used by MILLIONS , also try this article Alternatives To VLC (GOM)

4. Found a good alternative? Great. We are now going to install VLC on Windows 8

5. Open Bing app or IE10 and enter VLC

6. IE10 will open and you can download VLC

7. IE10 will show you the current status

8. Insert your DVD into your DVD drive. After the installation, open VLC – you can now hit CTRL + D to open a disc

9. Keep in mind, VLC cannot play Blu-Ray disc by default, BUT you can download some patches to play BD’s properly (even encrypted Blu-Ray’s)

10. When selecting a Disc, make sure to select the option BluRay and check the option “No disc menus” – also make sure the disc is an actual Blu-Ray (it will have a logo on it!)

11. Alright, you patched your VLC (follow link above) and you should be able to watch Blu-Rays or DVD’s on Windows 7 or 8 now. We tested it and we managed to successfully watched Lord of the Rings on our Windows 8 HTPC