How To Play Blu-Ray DVDs on a Laptop Without a Blu-Ray DVD Player

Written by scott eilers | 13/05/2017
How To Play Blu-Ray DVDs on a Laptop Without a Blu-Ray DVD Player
Laptops without internal Blu-ray drives can still play Blu-ray discs (laptop image by Jorge Figueiredo from

Blu-ray discs allow you to watch movies and TV shows in full 1080p high definition resolution with uncompressed audio and numerous special features, such as Internet-based chat rooms. Playing a Blu-ray disc requires a Blu-ray player or, in the case of a laptop, a blu ray disc drive. If the laptop in question does not already have an internal Blu-ray drive it will be necessary to connect and set up and external Blu-ray drive in order to watch Blu-ray movies.

Insert the installation software that came with your external Blu-ray disc drive into the CD or DVD drive of your laptop. The installation software should start automatically. If it does not, navigate to your drive using Windows Explorer and double click on the install or Setup shortcut.

Follow the on-screen instructions for your Blu-ray drive installation software. These instructions may vary slightly depending on the make and model of your drive, but they typically ask you for an installation location and prompt you to connect the blu ray drive to the laptop using a USB cable at some point during the installation.

Run the Blu-ray player playback software once the installation has completed. Do this by locating and click on the shortcut for the software, typically located in the Start Menu.

Insert a Blu-ray disc into the disc drive. The Blu-ray drive software should automatically recognise the disc and begin playback, although note that this process can take up to 1 minute. If playback does not begin automatically, consult the users manual that came with your Blu-ray disc drive.

Things you need

  • Laptop
  • External Blu-ray drive

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