In Windows Media Center, you can play audio CDs and DVD movies. You can also play data CDs and DVDs (discs that contain digital media files, such as MP3, WMV, and JPEG files).
Playing CDs and DVDs in Media Center is best experienced using a Media Center remote control. Make sure that the type of Media Center remote control you use is compatible with your computer.
To understand how your computer handles multimedia content when a CD or DVD is inserted in the computer, see Change AutoPlay settings.
Insert the DVD into a DVD drive on your computer.
If the main DVD title menu doesn't appear automatically, on the Media Center start screen, scroll to Movies, and then click Play DVD.
Click the appropriate button (this will usually be a Play button) on the DVD menu to play the DVD.
While your DVD is playing, you can move the mouse to make the playback controls appear. Here are some of the things you can do with these controls:
On the Windows Media Center start screen, scroll to Tasks, click Settings, and then click DVD.
Do one of the following:
To change the default language settings, click Language.
To change the basic audio settings, click Audio.
To change when subtitles appear, click Subtitle.
To change how some buttons on a Media Center remote control behave, click Remote Control Options.
Insert an audio CD into the CD drive on your computer.
If the CD doesn't start playing automatically, on the Windows Media Center start screen, scroll to Music, click Music library, click Albums, click the CD you inserted, and then click Play album.
Here are some of the things you can do while your CD is playing:
Click View Song List to view all the tracks on the CD.
Click Visualize to watch a visualization while the music plays.
Click Play Pictures to start a slide show of your pictures along with the music.
Click Shuffle to play the tracks on the CD in a random order.
Click Repeat to play the CD over and over again.
Insert the CD or DVD containing media files (such as MP3 files) into the CD or DVD drive on your computer.
Plug the removable device (such as a USB flash drive) into the USB port on your computer.
Under What do you want to do?, click Play music.
The Blu‑ray Disc format is not supported in Media Center. To play a Blu‑ray Disc, you need to use a non-Microsoft program that supports Blu‑ray playback and a device capable of reading Blu‑ray Discs.
When playing data CDs and DVDs in Media Center, make sure that the audio or video file types are supported. To see which file types will work, see File types supported by Windows Media Center.