DVD playback options for Windows

If you have an edition of Windows that doesn't play DVDs, you can upgrade to an edition that does play them or install a DVD playback app.

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Windows 10  
The Windows DVD Player app is available free for a limited time for people upgrading to Windows 10 from Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 with Windows Media Center.

Please note that Windows Media Center isn't included in Windows 10 and will be removed when you upgrade to Windows 10. After the upgrade completes, Windows DVD Player will download automatically to your PC.

To be eligible for the free DVD Player app, you must upgrade your Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 PC rather than perform a clean installation. If you’re running an edition of Windows 7 or Windows 8 that doesn’t include Media Center and you upgrade to Windows 10, go to Windows Store to buy Windows DVD Player or another app that plays DVDs. Provided your PC has an optical disc drive, Windows DVD Player will play DVD movies (but not Blu‑ray Discs).

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: Apr 27, 2016 - Revision: 17

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