- Why Change Media Players?
With more and more people connecting their computers for use as a media center, it’s becoming increasingly important to have a reliable media player that will give you control over your entire media playback. If you watch a lot of DVDs using your computer, we highly recommend A target=”_blank” href=”/Product/media_player_classic/”>Media Player Classic to control your DVD playback.
Even if you are just watching the occasional DVD on your computer, Media Player Classic is so lightweight and intuitive, anyone can use it and it won’t bog down your system, causing lagging in video playback.
The process is simple, as long as you have a DVD-rom drive, which is sadly becoming less and less commonplace among modern computers, you can play any DVD on your computer. Simply place the disc into the drive, and choose Media Player Classic when given the choice of programs to use to watch, and this should automatically start playing the DVD.
If there is no auto-play, or you want to play a disc that is already in the drive, simply open Media Player Classic, and from the top command bar, choose File > Open DVD… and that should start playing your DVD. One last tip: if you want to automatically make the video full screen, simply hit Alt + Enter and the video will automatically enlarge to fullscreen.
In most instances, unless you have already selected a specific default player to open all your DVDs, you will have a dialogue box that will pop up whenever you insert a disc into your computer’s disc drive. From this list, you can choose between any media players you have installed, and if you want, you can even make Media Player Classic the default player if you want to. That means that from there on out, as long as you keep Media Player Classic installed, any time you insert a DVD in to the drive, it will automatically play your DVD using that program.
While most of what was said above applies directly to playing your DVD if your computer has the Windows 8 operating system, some users have reported issues that we want to address specifically.
First off, a number of new laptops, especially those with Windows 8 installed, do not have an optical (DVD-rom or Blu-Ray) drive installed. If that is the case and you absolutely want to play discs on your computer still, you will need to buy an external drive that will connect via USB.
Secondly, Windows 8 is the first instance where Microsoft has not included the Windows Media Player as part of the standard installation. Rather, they have left the choice up to you to choose whatever media player you want and download it in your own. We just want to reiterate our recommendation of Media Player Classic for your media needs, since it is so lightweight and reliable.