How to Play DVDs or Blu-ray on Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to play DVD or Blu-ray discs on Windows 11. When you install or upgrade to Windows 11, may be surprised to find that you can’t play DVD or Blu-ray disc to watch your favorite movies or home videos. Unlike past versions of Windows, Windows 11 doesn’t have built-in support for playing DVDs and/or Blu-ray.

Microsoft has decided not to pay licensing fees for DVD support in Windows, including Windows 11. So Windows 10, 11 and maybe future versions will not come with DVD, Blu-ray support. The easier way to get DVD support on Windows 11 is download and install third party DVD software or vendor DVD software that comes with your DVD and Blu-ray drives.

If your computer comes with a DVD or Blu-ray drive, the manufacturer may have also included a DVD software to play your DVD discs. If no DVD software is installed or you can not get hold of the a DVD software, then a very popular option called VLC Media Player should be considered.

VLC Media Player is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files.

We’ve written on how to install and use VLC on Windows 11. You can find that post from the link below.

How to install and use VLC Media Player on Windows 11

Microsoft also sells a DVD player that you can purchase from the Microsoft Store. If you prefer to use that instead, then click the link to purchase and install it.

Buy Windows DVD Player – Microsoft Store

The Windows DVD Player enables Windows 11 PCs with an optical disc drive to play DVD movies (but not Blu-ray discs). If you also want to play Blu-ray discs, then you may want to install other software.

To find DVD software that comes with your computer, click the Start button, then select All Apps. Scroll through the list of installed applications and look for a DVD-playing program.

If you don’t see one, then install and use VLC or purchase a DVD player from Microsoft Store as mentioned above.

Under All Apps, scroll down the list to find any DVD player that comes with your DVD drive.

Windows 11 also comes with Windows Media Player that supports most popular codecs, like MP3, Windows Media Audio, and Windows Media Video. However, it doesn’t include the codecs required for Blu‑ray Disc files, FLAC files, or FLV files.

If you’re missing a DVD player on Windows 11 it shouldn’t be difficult to find an alternative player for Windows 11. If you don’t want to pay for a software, then use VLC Media Player.


This post showed you steps to install and use DVD player on Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.