When you upgrade to Windows 8 for your computer, it is exciting to use the new platform with lots of new features. But you'll feel disappointed that Windows 8 can't play common DVDs and MPEG-2 videos, let alone commercial DVD in other regions. Why can't play DVD on Windows 8, considering that Windows 7 still could do that?
According to Microsoft, Windows Media Center will no longer be included by default in any version of Windows 8, and Windows Media Player no longer includes codecs to play DVDs, which means that DVD playback support has been removed from Windows 8. And this is mainly because Microsoft doesn't want to pay the cost of licensing the necessary decoders (especially for devices which do not include optical disc drives at all) for DVD playback, such as MPEG-2 decoder.
Although Windows Media Player can't play DVDs and MPEG-2 videos, this article can still offers a solution for users to play DVD on Windows 8 PC. iDeer Blu-ray player is officially authorized DVD Blu Ray player software around the world. It is not only Blu-ray player software, but also a good media player, meaning that it can play any commercial or non-commercial Blu Ray as well as DVD and video and audio formats, including MOV, AVI, MOV, FLV, MP4, etc. And it is free if you don't play commercial Blu-ray disc.
How to play DVDs and MPEG-2 videos?
1. Download this iDeer Windows 8 Blu-ray Player and install it on your PC.
2. Insert a DVD to the DVD or Blu-ray drive, the player will automatically load disc information and play it. Or you can click the icon on the right bottom to select "Open File" or "Open Disc".
3. Adjust video and audio configuration by right click or menu on the top, if you want to customize video effects.
Then you can enjoy your DVD or MPEG-2 videos on your Windows 8 PC.