“Ok there has got to be some solution for a free windows 8 blu ray player. I tried to do the VLC solution but it crashes as soon as I try playing an encrypted blu-ray disk. I refuse to pay a dime to a blu-ray player software which is not free to get updates. Anyone have any suggestions on this? What do you use to play commercial (encrypted) Blu-ray discs in Windows 8 PC?”
With the release of Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro, Microsoft made the decision to remove DVD playback, and forego the inclusion of Blu-ray playback. If you do want to play blu-ray movies on Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro, however, there is an very easy solution.
Before you move on to play Blu-ray discs on your Windows 8 computer, you also need to take into account the hardware limitations that you might come across. Foremost, you need to have a Blu-ray drive in your PC, laptop or notebook that will take care of the hardware part. Traditionally, laptops and desktop computers don’t ship with a Blu-ray drive (unless you go for a high-end purchase), so you’ll probably need a separate drive for that.
Then comes the software part. The free player like Windows Media Player, VLC Player, etc don’t have Blu-ray decrypting function and not support playing Blu-ray movies. So this UFUWare Blu-ray Player for Windows 8will be the best and easiest solution for you. With this wonderful player, you are allowed to play any Blu-ray disc, Blu-ray folder and Blu-ray ISO image files. Plus, this wonderful video playing application can easily help you enjoy any wonderful HD video with best watching experience. You can fully enjoy 4k or 1080p videos. Now I will show you how to enjoy Blu-ray files on Windows 8 PC/Laptop/Notebook with this Windows 8 Blu-ray Player step by step.
How to Play Blu-ray Disc on Windows 8?
Step 1: Install UFUWare Blu-ray Player for Windows 8
If you want to enjoy the Blu-ray movies on Windows 8 PC/Laptop/Notebook, you need to install a Blu-ray drive on your computer. And then install UFUWare Windows 8 Blu-ray Disc/Blu-ray ISO Player to your computer.
Step 2: Load Blu-ray Disc to the program
Insert your Blu-ray disc into the Blu-ray driver. Next, open your Blu-ray movie by just pressing the “Open Disc” in the main interface to select Blu-ray drive and then click “OK” button to load the Blu-ray directly. You can now enjoy your Blu-ray movies on Windows 8 PC/Laptop/Notebook. (Tip: When you want to play the Blu-ray ISO image file, you need to load Blu-ray ISO image file to the virtual drive firstly, the open method is the same with loading Blu-ray disc.)
Another option is to load Blu-ray folder, you can click “Open File” button to directly select the Blu-ray folder and click “OK” button, now you can watch the Blu-ray movie on Windows 8 PC/Laptop/Notebook.
Step 3: Define the audio/video track
With this wonderful Windows 8 Blu-ray Player Software, you are allowed to define the audio/video track, audio channel, playing screen size and choose the specific title/chapter in the “Controls > Title/Chapter” column and so on. Plus, with the “Snapshot” function, you can capture your favorite Blu-ray images and save in the format of JPEG, PNG, and BMP.
Step 4: Start to play Blu-ray on your Windows 8
After all above settings, you can click “Play” button to enjoy your favorite Blu-ray movies on Windows 8 PC/Laptop/Notebook at home with wonderful video quality. If you want to stop playing the Blu-ray disc, you only need click Stop Button and eject the Blu-ray movie.