DVD playback options for Windows

If you have an edition of Windows that doesn't play DVDs, you can enable DVD playback by installing another edition of Windows or a DVD app.

Operating systemSteps
Windows 10  
The Windows DVD Player app enables Windows 10 PCs with an optical disc drive to play DVD movies (but not Blu-ray discs). You can buy it in the Microsoft Store.

For more info, see Windows DVD Player Q&A.  
Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1
Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Pro don't come with DVD movie playback capability. If you're running Windows 8.1 or Windows 8.1 Pro, you can search for a DVD player app in the Windows Store.

Windows RT 8.1 doesn't support DVD movie playback.
If you already have a player and are having problems with a codec, see Codecs: Frequently asked questions.
Windows 7  If you're running Windows 7 Home Basic or Windows 7 Starter, you can upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium, Ultimate, or Enterprise to add full DVD capability or buy and install a compatible DVD movie player app.

If you already have a player and are having problems with a codec, see Codecs: Frequently asked questions.


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Article ID: 10771 - Last Review: Sep 13, 2016 - Revision: 20

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