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DVD Software for Windows

The DVD Software category includes programs for managing, reading, converting, and creating DVDs. The directory... more
The DVD Software category includes programs for managing, reading, converting, and creating DVDs. The directory also contains DVD copy software for making legal duplicates of unencrypted discs. It does not contain any products for breaking DVD encryption.
Windows Movie Maker (Windows XP)

Windows Movie Maker (Windows XP)
Free

Windows Movie Maker (Windows XP)

Construct home movies from captured digital video on your Windows XP system.

Free
Editors' rating
User rating
Publisher: Microsoft Downloads: 15,498,675
Easy DVD Player

Easy DVD Player
Free to try

Easy DVD Player

Play any Blu-ray, DVD, VCD, or MPEG movies and almost all video/audio multimedia files.

Free to try
Editors' rating
User rating
Publisher: ZJMedia Downloads: 2,813,835 External File

This software is available to download from the publisher site.

Nero 2016 Platinum

Nero 2016 Platinum
Free to try

Nero 2016 Platinum

Burn, rip, and convert all your videos and music to discs, TVs, smartphones, and tablets.

Free to try
Editors' rating
User rating
Publisher: Nero Downloads: 36,875,845
Windows DVD Maker

Windows DVD Maker
Free to try

Windows DVD Maker

Convert videos to DVD format and burn the videos to DVD disc.

Free to try
User rating
Publisher: windows-dvd-maker Downloads: 255,983
Laptop DVD Ripper Ultimate SE

Laptop DVD Ripper Ultimate SE
Free to try

Laptop DVD Ripper Ultimate SE

Rip DVD to device/video/audio formats fastest, edit/crop/clip/split/merge files

Free to try
Publisher: Laptop Software Downloads: 25,585
MagicDisc

MagicDisc
Free

MagicDisc

Create and manage virtual CD drives and CD/DVD discs.

Free
Editors' rating
User rating
Publisher: MagicISO Downloads: 1,951,801
DVD Flick

DVD Flick
Free

DVD Flick

Get the DVD authoring tool for your PC.

Free
User rating
Publisher: DVD Flick Downloads: 381,481
Acala DVD Ripper Professional

Acala DVD Ripper Professional
Free

Acala DVD Ripper Professional

Copy and convert DVD to AVI, Mp4, WMV, Mpeg, 3GP files, transfer to iPod/iPhone/iPad/PSP/Zune.

Free
Editors' rating
User rating
Publisher: Acala Software Downloads: 2,408,406
Xilisoft DVD Creator

Xilisoft DVD Creator
Free to try

Xilisoft DVD Creator

Convert and burn almost all video files to DVD movie, DVD folder, or ISO files.

Free to try
User rating
Publisher: Xilisoft Downloads: 293,991
CyberLink Media Suite

CyberLink Media Suite
Free to try

CyberLink Media Suite

Play, create, burn, and share all types of digital media content.

Free to try
Editors' rating
User rating
Publisher: CyberLink Downloads: 401,779
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About DVD player software

Streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Video have made DVDs and Blu-rays a lot less popular than they used to be. But if you still enjoy playing DVDs and want to watch on your desktop or laptop, you certainly can. Your options depend on your operating system and computer maker.

Note: If your computer has a CD-ROM drive, no software can make it play a DVD or read a DVD-R or DVD-ROM; the laser inside a CD-ROM drive can't read a DVD at all.

  • FAQ

    Your computer may have preinstalled software to play DVDs. So before you download anything, pop in a disc and see what happens. If you can't get the disc to play this way, read on for our advice and recommended downloads.

    Playing DVDs in Windows 7
    When you insert a DVD in the DVD drive of a computer that's running Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate, Windows Media Player should automatically open and start playing the disc.

    If you have a different version of Windows 7, or if Windows Media Player is not cooperating, your best bet is VLC Media Player (Windows, Mac, Android). This free app plays a wide variety of audio and video files.

    Playing DVDs in Windows 8
    Windows 8 does not have built-in support for playing DVDs. Until October 30, 2015, you could have bought a Pro Pack or Media Pack from Microsoft to enable Windows Media Player to play DVDs in Windows 8.

    However, if your version of Windows 8 was upgraded from Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate, or a different version of Windows 7 that came with the Media Center, then it should have inherited the ability to play DVDs automatically. (Note: If you've ever had to reinstall Windows, if you follow the upgrade path -- reinstall 7, then upgrade to 8 -- you should still have your DVD player license. But if you had to wipe everything and install 8, you won't have the DVD player.)

    If you can't play a DVD in Windows 8, VLC Media Player (Windows, Mac, Android) can come to the rescue. Just download and install VLC, pop in your DVD, and Windows should ask if you want to use VLC to play the disc. If you have problems getting the disc to play, you can also open VLC first (it should create a shortcut on your desktop when you install it), click the Media menu in the upper left-hand corner, select Open Disc, and click the Play Button.

    Playing DVDs in Windows 10
    Windows 10 can play DVDs automatically -- if certain conditions are met. If you upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate; a different version of Windows 7 that came with the Media Center; or Windows 8 with a Pro Pack or Media Pack installed, then Windows 10 should have retained the ability to play DVDs. If not, we recommend VLC Media Player (Windows, Mac, Android) once again. You can pay $15 to get Windows DVD Player from Microsoft's app store, but we don't recommend this app. Frankly, it's not very good -- you might not even be able to get it to run.

    Playing DVDs on Mac
    OS X has DVD Player built in. Just pop your disc into the optical drive (or the external SuperDrive connected via USB), and your DVD should start playing automatically. Of course, if you have a MacBook Air, which has no CD/DVD drive, you won't be able to watch DVDs on your laptop.

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