Microsoft’s Windows 10 DVD Player Now Released in the Windows Store, but it’s just free for a select group of users.
For instance, organizations using Windows Enterprise editions and upgrading to the Windows 10 Enterprise edition will not be getting the newly released player free of charge. Microsoft lists the qualifying Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 editions and also at this page, and it includes Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate editions.
In addition, organizations or individuals that perform Windows 10 “clean installs” instead of upgrading the operating system on a machine will not get the free Windows DVD Player. If Windows 10 gets reinstalled on a machine, then the new player will not be free, after, according to Microsoft’s Q&A page.
The player app is only free for Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 users that had Media Center on their machines prior to an upgrade to Windows 10. However, those users must have upgraded during the free year or the Windows 10 upgrade time period. Otherwise, and for all others, this app can be downloaded from the Windows Store for $14.99.
Media Center is a Microsoft app that centralizes TV streams and media files for playback. It initially came with Windows XP systems and was continued with subsequent Windows releases, but it has hit product end of life. Microsoft won’t support Media Center on Windows 10.
The new Windows DVD Player will play DVD disks but not Blu-ray media. However, Microsoft’s Q&A noted that existing DVD players that ran on earlier Windows systems likely will continue to run on Windows 10 after an upgrade.