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.
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 (learn more about the Windows Store). If you have Windows 8.1 Pro, you can also buy the Windows 8.1 Media Center Pack that includes DVD playback.
Windows RT 8.1 doesn't support DVD movie 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.
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.
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 movie player app.
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