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 application.

Operating system
Steps

Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1

Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Pro don't come with DVD 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 (learn more about the Windows Store). If you have Windows 8.1 Pro, you can also buy the Windows 8.1 Media Center Pack, which includes DVD playback.


Windows RT 8.1 doesn't support DVD playback, and the Media Center Pack isn't available for Windows RT 8.1.

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 player application.


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

Windows Vista and Windows XP

If you're running Windows Vista Home Basic, Enterprise or Business, or any edition of Windows XP, see Plug-ins and add-ons for Windows Media Player to buy a compatible DVD decoder, or you can buy and install a compatible DVD player application.


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