Up until Windows 10 you could play DVD Movies indirectly via Windows Media Centre. However, Windows 10 has completely abandoned Windows Media Centre and more importantly has no default DVD Player built into it. This means you now have to download a dvd playing program, such as VLC, from the internet or pay for Microsoft's own DVD Player App (program) currently priced at $14.99. Furthermore, many of the free and commercial dvd player programs found on the internet do not play Bluray DVD movies. So what is the solution?
In this section I will show you how to download and install Leawo's FREE DVD Player software called Blu-ray Player, which begins by visiting http://www.leawo.com/blu-ray-player/ and clicking on the DOWNLOAD button.
Fig 1.0 - Click on the DOWNLOAD button to begin downloading Leawo's FREE DVD Player software
When Leawo's Blu-ray DVD Player software has finished downloading go to your DOWNLOADS folder and double click on the downloaded executable (set up) file called bluray_setup.exe to begin the installation process. Doing so will bring up a UAC (User Account Control) system requester (Fig 1.2 below) whereby you then need to click on its YES button to continue.
Fig 1.1 - Double click on the downloaded executable (set up) file called bluray_setup.exe
Fig 1.2 - Click on the UAC system requester's YES button to continue
User Account Control (UAC) is a feature of Windows 10 that helps to prevent unauthorized changes to the computer, such as deleting a system file or installing software. When attempting to install Leawo's Blu-ray DVD Player software the UAC security requester above automatically blocks you off, because it wants to know if you are the one attempting to install that software and not a robotic piece of malicious software for example. In the above case simply click on the YES button to continue, or on the NO button to cancel the installation process.After clicking on the uac security requester's YES button the first step of the Installation Wizard (set up program) will appear. In that first step you need to make sure the AGREE LICENSE AGREEMENT check (tick) box is ticked. The other settings can be left alone. Just click on the INSTALL button to continue.
Saying the above: If you want to change the destination folder for the Blu-ray DVD Player software installation, which is currently set to C:\Program Files (x86)\leawo\Blu-ray Player, you can do so by clicking on the 'THREE DOTS IN A CIRCLE' button and then selecting another folder (i.e. Documents), but that would be very unwise. Just leave the destination folder (Installation Directory) option alone.
If you need to read the License Agreement simply click on the 'green up arrows' button next to the wording AGREE LICENSE AGREEMENT. Read the License Agreement carefully because it will explain the Terms & Conditions of using the Blu-ray DVD Player software.
Although license agreements tend to contain useless information, they usually explain Copyright issues and/or Usage issues that clarify who can use the software and who can not. So if, for example, you are told that a certain piece of software is Free and/or Free-To-Use you may want to clarify this by reading the agreement.
Fig 1.3 - Make sure the AGREE LICENSE AGREEMENT check (tick) box is ticked before clicking on the INSTALL button
After clicking on the INSTALL button (above) the installation wizard (set up program) starts installing the actual, Blu-ray DVD Player, software (below). When this is done all that is left to do is click on the FINISH button to launch (run/execute) the Blu-ray DVD Player program (Fig 1.5 below).
Fig 1.4 - The Blu-ray DVD Player software is now being installed onto the computer's hard drive
At any time throughout the installation process you can click on a CANCEL button in order to cancel (quit) the installation process. In some cases, generally speaking, even if you click on a CANCEL button the installation might have gone too far for it to be stopped, cancelled and/or reversed. So think very carefully before deciding to install any software on your computer.
Fig 1.5 - The installation of Leawo's Blu-ray DVD Player software has finished - Click on the FINISH button to continue.
At this point the Blu-ray DVD Player program should automatically appear because the setting called LAUNCH LEAWO BLU-RAY PLAYER was ticked (enabled/switched on). If the program does not appear, for whatever reason(s), don't worry; just double click on its desktop icon to launch (run/execute/open) it.
Sometimes security software can purposely, quite or wrongly, prevent a piece of software from launching. Not the case with Leawo's Blu-ray DVD Player software running on my computer though, which is running Norton Internet Security. It sees Leawo's Blu-ray DVD Player software as 'safe to install'.
Fig 1.6 - Leawo's Blu-ray DVD Player is ready for a file to be opened
When the Blu-ray DVD Player program opens (above) it is initially waiting for you to open a movie file, such as a mp4 file, but for this example just close the program (by clicking on its X button) and then insert a DVD Movie into your DVD Drive. Doing so will bring up an AutoPlay notification asking you what default action you want to take when you insert a dvd movie into your dvd drive. In this case you would tell it to always open the Leawo Blu-ray DVD Player program in order for it to play the inserted dvd movie.
Fig 1.7 - The AutoPlay notification message is asking what to do when a dvd movie is inserted into the dvd drive
Fig 1.8 - Click on the LEAWO BLU-RAY PLAYER option (button) to make it the default dvd movie player
Fig 1.9 - The inserted dvd movie (ÁKOS) has been added to the Blu-ray Player's playlist
Fig 1.10 - The dvd menu has appear. I just need to click on one of the titles.
Fig 1.11 - The dvd movie (ÁKOS In Concert) is now playing
The Leawo Blu-ray DVD Player is very basic in features and functionality, but is FREE! VLC and the dvd player that comes with the K-Lite Codecs package (Media Player Classic) are also very basic, but do the job of playing dvd movies. None of these programs claim to be anything else, so take them for what they are meant for; playing dvd movies only.