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

Updated July 20, 2017

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'll Need

  • Laptop
  • External Blu-ray drive
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About the Author

Scott Eilers began writing professionally in 2006. He has been published as a coauthor in "Measurement in Counseling and Development" and "The Journal of Counseling and Development." He holds a Master of Arts in clinical psychology from the University of Northern Iowa and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Science in clinical psychology from Argosy University.