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Annoyingly, Windows 10 ships without DVD playing software as a standard option. However, Microsoft offers an app as a download from the Microsoft Store – called Windows DVD Player – but it costs £12.49. The best bet for those who want to watch DVD s is VLC Media Player, which is free to download and fully supports Windows 10. VLC Media Player also supports a host of other file formats – even the weird ones – making it a very useful tool to have around.
Of course, many of us have moved on from DVDs to the wild world of media streaming. Netflix and Amazon Prime both work on Windows 10’s default browser, Edge, but may need an update to Silverlight, an application framework that Microsoft created and maintains.
If you’ve upgraded from a Windows 7 PC you could well suffer from this issue, as the older version of Silverlight may have travelled across when you migrated. At any rate, if you’re encountering streaming gremlins, to fix the problem and get back to binge-watching Twin Peaks, go to the Microsoft website where you can reinstall Silverlight – follow the instructions as detailed on the web page.
Then there’s music. Although Microsoft still bundles Groove Music with Windows 10, the service has been deprecated, with Microsoft now recommending musicstreaming service Spotify instead. However there are plenty of alternatives out there, from Google Music to Deezer and Tidal, as well as Apple Music with a standalone version of Apple’s iTunes for Windows 10 now available from the Microsoft Store.
Browser-based streaming services – such as Google Music – are also supported, of course. But, bear in mind, that they may not work well in Edge, because Windows 10’s browser doesn’t stream multimedia when minimised. At any rate, to set the default music service (i.e. the one songs will automatically play with), head to Start > Settings > System and select the Default Apps tab in the column on the left. You’ll see a Music Player section, which will present options based on the players you have installed. Select the one you want and click OK.
If you don’t want to sign up for a streaming service and just want to play your existing music collection, then try MusicBee (https://getmusicbee.com). It’s easy to use, powerful, and free.