Using Windows Media Player, you can play audio CDs or data CDs that contain music or video files (also known as media CDs) and video CDs (VCDs). VCDs are similar to DVDs, although the video quality is not as high.
To play DVDs, you must have a DVD drive and a compatible DVD decoder installed on your computer. If you encounter an error that indicates that you are missing a DVD decoder, click Web Help on the error message dialog box to determine how to obtain one.
Start the Player and insert the CD or DVD you want to play into the drive. Typically, the disc will start playing. If it doesn't, or if you want to select a disc that is already inserted, click the arrow below the Now Playing tab, and then click the drive that contains the disc.
For a DVD or VCD, do the following, if appropriate:
In the List pane, click a DVD title or chapter name.
In the List pane, double-click a VCD segment.
You can skip songs that you do not like when playing a CD. To skip a song, do the following:
Click the Now Playing tab.