How to Play Bluray Disc on Windows 8

People prefer purchasing Windows 8 All in one Desktops and Laptops these days with BluRay Disc Player. Most of these comes bundled with a software to play Bluray on Windows 8. Even Windows Media player can play them but I prefer third party software.

GOM Player is my default media player for Videos playback but unfortunately, it doesn’t support Bluray playback. Then, I tried the most trusted and versatile media player – VLC.

But then, VLC too has its own problem with Bluray playback. Let’s face it and fix it.

VLC Media Player

VLC supports Bluray Disc playback on Windows 8. Regular Bluray discs can be played seamless without necessity of downloading and installing codec.

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For some Bluray Discs, especially for the playback of encrypted Bluray Discs on Windows 8, you will need a small work around. If VLC throws error like:

Your system AACS decoding library does not work. Missing keys?
Your input can’t be opened:
VLC is unable to open the MRL ‘bluray:///G:/’. Check the log for details.

To fix this, go to and get the KEY files necessary to encode it.

One thing has to be taken into account that VLC doesn’t have the ability to load the menus. You can only watch the main movie on you blu-ray and that’s it.

Daum PotPlayer

Another free solution to play Bluray Discs on Windows 8 is using Daum PotPlayer. Created by the team who developed KMPlayer, it is able to play almost all media formats seamlessly.

As a matter of fact, it was chosen by Lifehacker readers as the third most popular Blu-ray playback suite.

PowerDVD No.1 Bluray Media Player

Bluray Media Players often come bundled with Cyberlink PowerDVD software which is specialized for Bluray playback. Though it is a paid software but provides sophisticated features. It is optimized for leading CPU/GPU technologies including 3nd generation Intel Core processors, AMD and NVIDIA.

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With the award-winning TrueTheater technology, you can also play videos into eye-stunning HD and 3D quality.

Everything is out of the box, no need to trick anything or install additionally. Perfectly compatible with Windows 8.

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Another option would be to convert Bluray to MKV and play it. This has dual advantage- You get the file to store on Hard Disk as well as MKV is playable on almost any player without any additional requirement.

Do you have any better alternative to play Bluray Disc on Windows 8 PC?


About the Author

Rohit Langde is Founder and Editor-in-chief of Blogsolute. Tech Blogger by Passion & Profession | Mechanical Engineer by Qualification | Introverted Geek by Choice

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  1. pritam patil says:

    thanks Rohit for such a nice information about BluRay disc

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