In this guide, we will discover: How to Play Blu-Rays on Windows 11 – guide 2023
Blu-Ray disc, also known as Blu-Ray is a digital optical disc data storage format, quite similar to DVD. It is designed to store high-definition and ultra-high-resolution videos. It can store a large amount of data. However, you may face a problem if you are using these discs.
Yes, if you want to play these discs on your PC, Windows default Media Player cannot help you out through this. Therefore, Playing these discs may be problematic. You may have to buy a DVD player app from the window store. So, you should know how to watch these discs on Windows 11.
How to Play Blu-Rays on Windows 11
In this section, we will discuss how to watch Blu-ray discs on Windows 11. To play Blu-Ray on Windows 11, you have to use Blu-Ray Video Player. Here in this guide, we are going to use VLC Media Player. It is one of the best video players for Windows 11. Or else, you can simply rip and convert your Blu-ray disc to play it on Windows 11. Let’s discuss them.
1. Using VLC Media Player
The VLC media player has similar functionality as the windows media player. It has some additional features too. However, VLC Media Player alone cannot play Blu-ray discs. So you’ll need to do some tweaks. You need to download two more files and place them in specific folders.
You cannot find a VLC Media File in the official Microsoft store. It is available on the developer’s: website and free to download. The overall process is as follows:
Step 1: First of all, we have to download and install VLC Media Player on Windows 11. You can check our detailed guide on; how to install VLC Media Player on Windows 11.
Step 2: Once you have installed VLC Media Player. Go to C:Program Files, create a new folder, and name it “aacs”
Step 3: Go to vlc-bluray.whoknowsmy.name to download the keys database (KEYDB.cfg) and AACS dynamic library (libaacs.dill)
Note:- If in any case, you are not able to download the file directly to the folder, download it in another location and then drag it to the VLC directory.
Step 5: Now open the VLC Media Player. Here from than tab menu, click on the “Media” option. Now, from the context menu, select the “Open Disc” option.
Step 6: It will open the “Open Media” window, here click on the “Blu-ray” option and select the box next to the “No disc menus” option.
Step 7: Select your Blu-ray in the “Disk device” field and click the “Play” button.
Now you are ready to watch your Blu-ray disc on your PC. Next time, whenever you are going to watch a Blu-ray disc, just follow steps 5 to step 7 and enjoy your movie.
2. Rip and Convert
Ripping and encoding are the second methods to play Blu-ray discs on your window. In this method, you can simply convert the files on the disc into a playable media file format.
It helps you to play discs in any media player. However, the conversion does not destruct the disc. So, you can use the disc wherever you want.
To rip and convert, you can use programs like MakeMKV. It is easy to use and the conversion process is quite easy. You can even, watch converted files on another device, even on your mobile. The only drawback is that the conversion may take too much time. Often the converted files occupy a lot of space in the hard drive.
So, to rip and convert your Blu-ray disc, you can follow the following steps:
Step 1: Go to the official MakeMKV website and download the MakeMKV 1.17.2 version for the Windows operating system.
Step 2: Now install the MakeMKV as you install other download software on Windows 11. After the installation is complete, open the MakeMKV.
Step 3: Here from than tab menu, click on the “File” option. Now, from the context menu, select the “Open Disc” option.
Step 4: After that, select the Blu-Ray disc you want to play and click the “Yes” option. You will see a green icon on the MakeMKV section, select that and finally click the “Yes” button. Wait for the conversion to finish. Now play the MKV file you just made and enjoy your movie.
That’s it; this is how you can play Bue-Ray on Windows 11 with the help of VLC Media Player and MakeMKV. If you want to play a 4k video on Windows 11; then you can follow our linked guide.
I hope you have liked the text and found it useful. There are many options to play your Blu-ray disc. However, the above-mentioned ways are free to use. Both ways are easy. Choose the one you like.
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