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How To Play A DVD On Windows 8

by Joe Kukura on August 22, 2013

Best DVD Player downloadAdd to your list of issues with the new Windows 8 operating system the curious fact that it does not come with DVD playback software. So how do you play a DVD on Windows 8? Sure, there may be a DVD drive built into the side of your new or upgraded Windows 8 machine – but when you pop a DVD into that drive, you might only get a whirring sound for about 45 seconds. Unless your computer’s manufacturer installed DVD software on your machine (some Dell laptops come pre-installed with CyberLink PowerDVD, for instance), you need to get yourself a Windows 8 compatible DVD player. You don’t need to run out and find this in a store, you just need to do a DVD player download online.

The good news is that there are plenty of DVD player downloads available online. Microsoft says they removed the DVD playback functionality because no one watches DVDs anymore; these days we stream movies online. Additionally, Microsoft wanted Windows 8’s design to be consistent across Windows 8 phones and Surface tablets. Another reason for killing off DVD playback, though, is that producing DVD decoding software requires paying royalties. Plenty of software manufacturers do pay this royalty, though.


In addition to watching DVDs on a Windows 8 computer, you can also use RealPlayer Plus to burn DVDs of your favorite videos. Get it now at a discounted price.

We don’t mind mentioning that RealPlayer Plus, the premium version of RealPlayer comes with DVD playback capabilities. Once you download RealPlayer Plus, you’ll be able to play DVDs on your laptop or computer – along with a couple other fringe benefit features thrown in as well. In addition to watching DVDs you can also burn DVDs, convert videos to different formats such as converting WMV to MP4 and a whole lot more.


Once you’ve downloaded RealPlayer Plus, you can play a DVD by doing the following:

  1. Open RealPlayer Plus
  2. Insert the DVD into your DVD drive.
  3. Click the Library tab at the center top of your screen. The Library screen will appear.DVD Player download
  4. Click the CD / DVD button on the left pane. The DVD track screen will appear.
  5. Click on the DVD chapter you wish to watch. If there is only one chapter listed, click on 1. DVD inserted to begin DVD playback.
  6. Enjoy watching your DVDs, those things that supposedly no one watches anymore!

Should you prefer the old school File menu way of doing things, you have that option, as well. You can play a DVD using RealPlayer Plus with the File menu by doing the following:

  1. Click the RealPlayer Plus icon in the top left. A File menu will appear.
  2. Select File. Another menu list will appear to the right.
  3. Select Open from the new menu list. The Open dialog box will appear.
  4. Press the Browse button. Your file library will appear.
  5. Next to Look In: select your DVD drive.
  6. Select the chapter you want to watch, and enjoy the show.

Boom! Your Windows 8 compatible DVD player problems are solved.

What’s on your list of grievances with Windows 8? Did your Windows 8 PC come with DVD playing software, and if so which machine do you have? Don’t pause to leave your opinions in the comments section below. 

{ 40 comments… read them below or add one }

1 anas momo September 27, 2013 at 9:31 pm

love real player

2 Larry Sova October 6, 2013 at 8:34 pm

realplayer for windows 8 does not work. I downloaded it and followed all directions for both ways to access the dvd. realplayer said it needed to download new software, and no updates were available. so I still can’t watch the dvd and have uninstalled realplayer. obviously the free download is not supported. guess you get what you pay for

3 RealPlayer Team October 7, 2013 at 12:22 am

DVD playback works best in RealPlayer Plus with the Plus DVD playback components installed. On computers without the Plus DVD playback components, DVD playback may not work, or may play only the video with no audio. In these cases, to play DVDs in RealPlayer you will need to upgrade to RealPlayer Plus and install the Plus DVD playback components.

4 Confused Real Player User October 13, 2013 at 10:51 am

I have downloaded various videos and clips via Real Player the free version. I now wish to change my laptop does that mean I will lose everything I have saved? How does it work as I note that when I click on real player my library always shows up. Please help.

5 RealPlayer Team October 13, 2013 at 2:06 pm

When you import music/video files to RealPlayer library, RealPlayer won’t save the actual file in the database it only saves the location of the files. If you are going to change your laptop, you need to transfer all the files from your old laptop to new one. Once you transfer all the files, you can install RealPlayer free version and import them to RealPlayer Library.

If you have additional questions, send an email to

6 October 19, 2013 at 4:06 pm

It is big problem – new Windows 8 does not come with DVD playback software. Users must look for appropriate program in web. What a pity!

7 angee October 27, 2013 at 3:30 pm

I’ve done everything and it says “download RealPlayer Plus” And yes I downloaded the free version because I’m not going to pay $50 just to play a $20 DVD.
It said I can download it for “free” but I have to sign up for a bunch of stuff that will make me pay

8 RealPlayer Team October 27, 2013 at 4:30 pm

We believe that you are not fully aware of the features of RealPlayer free version and paid version. To play DVDs in RealPlayer you will need to upgrade to RealPlayer Plus and install the Plus DVD playback components.

Using RealPlayer free version you can:

Download and play back videos
Convert and trim video clips
Transfer videos to a portable device
Download and play back music
Burn audio CDs
Transfer music to a portable device (including iPod)
Share internet videos on Facebook and Twitter
Upload videos to Facebook and YouTube
View Facebook videos in RealPlayer (RealPlayer 15 and 16)
Keep selected content hidden with Private Mode (RealPlayer 15 and 16)

RealPlayer Plus also offers:

DVD/SVCD burning (up to 120 minutes per DVD, up to 60 minutes for AVCHD in RealPlayer 15 and 16)
DVD playback decoders
Advanced CD burning options* such as MP3 CDs, crossfade (audio), and multi-session burning (data)
Jewel case insert printing
10-band Graphic Equalizer
Record Mic/Line In (analog source recording)
Accelerated video download
Accelerated video transfer

If you have additional questions, send an email to

9 PinguThePenguin November 9, 2013 at 2:54 pm

I like Real Player. A lot. Have had it for years. But now there is trouble on my HP620 laptop. This PC was preinstalled with Windos 7 Home Premium and Real Player worked fine then. Now I have replaced the harddrive and installed Windows 7 Pro folllowed by Windows 8.1. (dual boot) and then I installed Real Player 16+ on Windows 8.1. After that I signed in to Real Player, inserted a DVD in the optical drive and clicked on “Play CD or DVD” in the Real Player menu, and then I get this error: “A general error has occured – unspecified error – More information is available at the RealNetworks Custumer Support Site”, There are 2 buttons in this box: “OK” and “More Info”. If I click on “More Info” I get a page with solutions but when I click on the links on that page, I get “this page is unavailable”. If I launch Windows 7 instead, same DVD plays fine with Windows Media Player.
To make DVD playback work on Windows 8 I probably need to install codecs, any suggestions is welcome because I havn’t got a clue….

10 RealPlayer Team November 10, 2013 at 9:21 am

You can try downloading the K-Lite codec pack from this link:

After installing, restart the computer and try playing the DVD in RealPalyer.

If this doesn’t work, please send an email to, include a brief description of the issue, copy and paste the link to this thread within the email for further assistance.

11 b November 10, 2013 at 7:21 am

all way too hard
downloaded realplayer and also did the RP plus thing
…but no joy
i’m not an IT guy, this is sunday afternoon, alls I wanta do is watch my ‘ DVD and with windows 8 this is proving to be a real drag
real player didn’t do it for me

12 RealPlayer Team November 10, 2013 at 9:23 am

Try downloading the K-Lite codec pack from this link:

After installing, restart the computer and try playing the DVD in RealPalyer.

If this doesn’t work, please send an email to, include a brief description of the issue, copy and paste the link to this thread within the email for further assistance.

13 nancy November 16, 2013 at 9:57 pm

I downloaded personal movies I made & you hih=jacked it from me. I wanted to save it on a dvd.
I can not do that . You want me to pay you $35 to upgrade then I will be able to save on a dvd.
That is a dirty trick. I want my videos back. I am not paying you $35.00 to retreave them.
real player will not let me ttransfer my videos to itunes, windows media player, dvd, f: drive etc.
or anyplace
What are U going to do about this. I do not have $35.00 to get your upgrade. I have caner & I need that video of myself for my kids. My medications for cancer is sometimes $550 for 14 pill & that is #7 days only. The rest of the pills are costly also. HELPPPPPPPPPPP

14 RealPlayer Team November 17, 2013 at 4:26 am

Sorry for the inconvenience! RealPlayer has no control over the files you have in RealPlayer Library. You can locate the file in your hard drive and transfer it to any player you want.

To locate the file.

>Open RealPlayer
>Go to RealPlayer Library
>Go to videos
>Right Click on the video and locate file
>You will get a window (where the file is stored in your computer)

Then you can import it to any player you want.

15 Bill M December 7, 2013 at 3:34 am

I have no drive on my new PC so I use an external drive to see DVDs. I would like to copy the DVD files to my hard drive so I can see them on the road w/o lugging the external drive. Will RealPlayer play the files from my hard drive?

16 RealPlayer Team December 25, 2013 at 9:34 pm

RealPlayer does not support ripping, or burning a copy of, a copy-protected (commercially-produced) DVD disc. DVDs created on a home computer can generally be copied. However, RealPlayer will play the files which you have saved in your hard drive.

If you have additional questions, please write back to us.

17 Laura January 8, 2014 at 4:35 pm

I’d like to purchase RealPlayer Plus, but have a question: In the instructions above, one of the steps says “Select the chapter you want to watch” — Does this mean that I won’t be able to get to the main menu on a DVD? For example, if it contains several episodes of a show but also has a “Play All” option, will I not be able to use that “Play all” option? Secondly, will RealPlayer Plus work with a computer that does not have an internal DVD drive, only a USB-connected external one? Thank you.

18 RealPlayer Team January 9, 2014 at 2:07 am

1. Usually when you play DVD’s in RealPlayer Plus, it will play the complete DVD. Additionally you can also choose the chapters which you would like to watch.
2. Yes, RealPlayer will support external DVD drives.

To learn more about DVD playback in RealPlayer, please refer this article:

If you additional question, please send an email to

19 Heidi January 22, 2014 at 12:54 pm

I have ended up with the new supposedly fantastic windows 8 (which I totally hate with a passion!!!)
I’m in hospital and thought that watching a couple of DVDs would help pass the time, but as you have noted on your website, the handy jazzy new windows 8 has not enabled this service anymore.

I have thus tried to purchase the realplayer plus, but cannot get my cards accepted. There is no reason for this, thus I wanted to know if you can help me.

20 RealPlayer Team January 22, 2014 at 4:59 pm

On checking your account, I see that you already have purchased RealPlayer Plus v16 earlier today.

RealNetworks released RealPlayer Cloud in English worldwide for Windows 7 and higher operating systems. This latest version will fix the “download incomplete” issue with YouTube and supports Chrome 31 and Internet Explorer 11. If you are on Win 7 or higher, please go to and download the free version RealPlayer Cloud. Since you purchased RealPlayer Plus version 16, you can sign in using your email address and password to access your premium features.

After installing these features, you can watch DVD’s using RealPlayer.

If you additional question, please send an email to

21 Heidi January 22, 2014 at 2:59 pm

I have just been told that my realplayer plus purchase has been confirmed, but I seem to have realplayer cloud and realplayer installed on my computer. I cannot find the realplayer plus anywhere. Everytime I try to play a DVD I get told to purchase the realplayer plus software. I obviously do not want to purchase this again. So What can I do. I have an account, but it offers no insight into my previous purchase just again an offer to pay and download the plus version.

Please help.

22 RealPlayer Team January 22, 2014 at 5:05 pm

Playing DVD’s is a premium feature of RealPlayer Plus and requires sign in. Please follow these steps:

1. Open RealPlayer.
2. Click on the down arrow to the right of the RealPlayer logo (upper left corner of the player).
3. Select Sign in.
4. Enter the email address and password associated with the account.
5. You will be prompted to install the premium features.

At this point the logo in the upper left corner should indicate RealPlayer Plus and the premium features should be available. Enjoy!

After installing premium features, the simplest way to start playing a DVD is to insert a DVD into a DVD-capable drive installed on your computer. If RealPlayer is selected as your default player for DVDs, then it will automatically open and start playing the DVD. Otherwise, you will need to open RealPlayer and select Play CD or DVD from the Play menu.

If you additional question, please send an email to

23 Windows8 user March 3, 2014 at 6:19 pm

Well I jus downloaded the RealPlayer to my windows8 computer and it did not work, but really I jus think its Windows8! Windows8 doesn’t really do much of anything and its hard to navigate. but if you have any other ideas for me or can tell me in full directions what to do ill try it, but I don’t want to buy anything that isn’t going to work on this computer. I really want to watch this DVD I just bought yesterday!

24 RealPlayer Team March 4, 2014 at 4:51 pm

RealPlayer Cloud is compatible with the desktop and touch-screen versions of Windows 8 and 8.1.

Download This Video will work only with the desktop version of the browser and not the “Metro” version. However, playing DVDs using RealPlayer is a premium feature and require purchase of RealPlayer Plus first. More information is available at this link:

If you still have any additional questions, please send an email to

25 Janette Murphy March 9, 2014 at 4:06 am

How much is the RealPlayer Pro? I don’t want to put in all my info and then find myself paying a bundle for something I might not even like.

26 RealPlayer Team March 10, 2014 at 1:58 am

RealPlayer Plus offers:

DVD/SVCD burning (up to 120 minutes per DVD, up to 60 minutes for AVCHD in RealPlayer 15 & 16)
DVD playback decoders
Advanced CD burning options* such as MP3 CDs, crossfade (audio), and multi-session burning (data)
Jewel case insert printing
10-band Graphic Equalizer
Record Mic/Line In (analog source recording)
Accelerated video download
Accelerated video transfer

The cost of RealPlayer Plus 16 is $49.99.

If you have any additional questions, please write back to us.

27 donna brannigan June 17, 2014 at 10:11 am

I have a Toshiba laptop running windows 8.1 I also have a portable hard drive and am going away and want to download my dvds onto the portable hard drive. please can you tell me how to do that and what free program I may need? thank you
regards donna 17/6/14

28 Brinton Felixraja June 18, 2014 at 8:18 am

RealPlayer does not have an option to rip a DVD’s, but you can save CD tracks to the library. Therefore, I request you to use other software to copy DVD’s. You can use Google search to locate the DVD ripping software.

For more information about transferring files to Portable Players and Devices, visit the below link:

If you have additional questions, please send an email to

29 Mela September 23, 2014 at 7:00 am

You guys are just money hungry because I remember when you were able to watch DVDs on Real.

30 Brinton Felixraja September 23, 2014 at 7:26 am

Sorry for the confusion.

Additional components are required to watch DVD’s. This feature is available for the purchased customers and it is applicable to all versions of RealPlayer.

If you have additional questions, please send an email to

31 Anand October 2, 2014 at 1:51 pm

Just need realpalyer

32 Brinton Felixraja October 3, 2014 at 4:35 am

RealPlayer Cloud is the newest version of RealPlayer, available for customers who have an operating system of Windows 7 or higher. RealPlayer Cloud includes all the functions of RealPlayer 16, as well as allowing you to upload and share videos, play them across your various devices, and watch them on your TV using Chromecast, Roku or Amazon Fire TV.

Use of the Cloud storage and sharing features is completely optional. We think it’s a cool–and private–way to share your favorite videos with friends and family, but there is no requirement to upload your videos to the Cloud if you don’t want to. If you do not wish to upload the videos, please follow the instructions given in the below link:

Please be aware that we are no longer making any updates to RealPlayer 16 or earlier versions, and popular features such as Download This Video may not work on these versions. Therefore, we strongly recommend using RealPlayer Cloud.

If you still wish to install RealPlayer 16, click this link:

If you have any additional questions, please send an email to

33 Rod October 13, 2014 at 1:03 pm

This webpage needs to have the words “You must BUY Real player PLUS in order to watch a DVD” plastered at the top. Very misleading webpage. I understand that you get what you pay for, but I paid for my computer build, including windows 8.1; I did not pirate anything. So, to just simply “pay” for another this or another that kinda ticks me off…and many others, WHICH, I may add, is the reason people DO pirate this crap. Yeah, I’ll go crawl back into my cave now haha!

34 Brinton Felixraja October 14, 2014 at 12:07 am

Sorry for the confusion.

As informed earlier, plus features are required to play DVD’s. You can check this information from our website. Here is the link:

For more information, please visit this link:

Please let us know, if you have additional questions.

35 Tricia January 2, 2015 at 5:15 am

I cannot for the life of me buy the upgrade version of real played. It takes all my credit card info and goes into technical error mode.

This morning my credit card kept getting declined because real player charged $1 and visa thought it was fraud. I am beyond frustrated. Just wanted to watch one exercise video. Just one.

36 Brinton Felixraja January 5, 2015 at 7:33 am

I see that you have tried to place an order for RealPlayer Cloud subscription under your email address. However, it didn’t go through and it went to “Authentication Failure” status (AF). This can happen for a variety of reasons such as lack of funds, errant account information, card expiration, etc.

If you see a $1.00 transaction from us on your online banking statement, it isn’t actually a charge, but an authorization. When you entered your payment information on our website, we requested this $1.00 authorization to verify that the payment information entered is valid. Rest assured that your payment card was not charged.

Your bank will usually remove the authorization within 48-72 business hours, although this varies from bank to bank.

If you have any additional questions, please send an email to

37 Janette Yong March 20, 2015 at 12:36 am

I have just purchased a new Dell laptop with WIN8 operating system and an external DVD player which cost me more than 2 grand. I was so disappointed to find out that WIN8 does not have a DVD play back software. Now I cannot see my daughter’s wedding DVD and other personal DVDs. What a pity! Microsoft is now greedy and hungry over $$$$.
This is really a real problem for me as I am not an IT dude, also I dont want to spend more monies simply for getting the DVD player software. Please can you help tell me a simple and easy to follow instructions how to download a free DVD player software which is compatible with WIN8. Please help.

38 RealPlayer Team March 20, 2015 at 5:02 am

Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Pro don’t come with DVD movie playback capability. If you’re running Windows 8.1 or Windows 8.1 Pro, you can search for a DVD player app in the Windows Store.

If you have any additional questions with RealPlayer, please send an email to

39 Dwight Landry April 20, 2015 at 8:04 pm

What is the price of your DVD player software, I like to know the price of something before giving my account information.

40 Brinton Felixraja April 21, 2015 at 1:21 am

You can either subscribe to RealPlayer Cloud membership or purchase RealPlayer Plus.

RealPlayer Cloud membership:

We offer a variety of cloud storage plans to meet your needs and budget. With this membership, you can access the plus features of RealPlayer and additional Cloud storage space. For Cloud storage plans and cost, please read this article:

RealPlayer Plus (one time payment):

The cost of the standalone product is $49.99.

With this purchase, you can access the plus features and not the additional Cloud storage space. To purchase RealPlayer Plus, go to and click the Buy Now button. You’ll be prompted to enter payment information before the download starts.

If you have any additional questions, please send an email to

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