Plug-ins or add-ons add functionality—such as audio effects or DVD capability—to Windows Media Player. You can download plug-ins or add-ons for your version of the Player using the links below.
Some editions of Windows include full-featured DVD playback capability in Windows Media Player. For those that don't, you can purchase a plug-in or add-on that adds features such as full-screen video playback controls and DVD chapter listings to Windows Media Player.
Learn more about DVD playback options
For 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. See Windows DVD Player Q&A.
For Windows 8.1
. 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).
For Windows 7. Windows 7 Home Premium, Ultimate, and Enterprise come with DVD playback capability built in. Full DVD capability is not available on Windows 7 Home Basic or Starter.
For Windows XP or Windows Vista
. If you're running Windows XP, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Business, or Windows Vista Enterprise, you can enhance your DVD playback experience by purchasing one of the DVD decoder packs listed below.
CinePlayer DVD Decoder
The CinePlayer DVD Decoder delivers cinema-quality performance and superb audio clarity with support for both high-definition video and 5.1‑channel Dolby Digital audio.
Get for Windows XP
Get for Windows Vista
Advanced Corel DVD Decoders
Corel's Advanced DVD Decoders deliver high-definition picture clarity, vivid color, and superior sound straight to your PC. Uses WinDVD technology.
Cyberlink PowerDVD SE
Compatible with Windows Media Player 10 and Windows Media Player 11. Plays DVDs, Dolby audio soundtracks, and TV shows recorded with Windows Media Center.
NVIDIA DVD Decoder
Get a true home theater experience for Windows Media Player and Windows XP Media Center Edition, with DVD and MPEG-2 playback and rich surround-sound audio.
Add effects such as reverb, echo, and more with a DSP (digital signal processing) plug-in for Windows Media Player.
SRS Audio Enhancements
Customize your sound with patented SRS audio technologies—then enjoy 3D audio and immersive surround sound across any speaker configuration.
Enhance your listening experience with features such as 3-D surround sound, hyperbass, and headphone optimization.
Check out available versions to work with your devices.
Find help for your version of the Player.
Customize Windows Media Player with audio and visual add‑ons.
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