How to Watch a DVD in Windows 819 Mar, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel
If you bought a new computer with Windows 8 software, chances are you can’t play DVD movies even if the unit has a disc drive.
When Microsoft rolled out the new software last year, notably missing was a default option to play DVD movies.
The software behemoth cited declining disc sales and waning Blu-ray drives on PCs for the decision not to continue paying third-party license fees for packaged media functionality.
While Microsoft offers DVD playback as a $10 upgrade on Windows 8 Pro or $100 Windows Pro Pack for a disc compatible media player just for Windows 8, there also exists an open source option that doesn’t coast anything.