If you want to control Windows Media Center with a remote control, an optional Windows Media Center remote control is required.

Using Windows Media Center, you can play audio and data CDs, as well as video and data DVDs. This lets you enjoy both commercial CDs and DVDs, as well as CDs and DVDs that you have created.

The following image shows play dvd selected in TV + Movies.

Picture of the play dvd option selected
The play dvd option is selected

To play DVDs, you must have a DVD drive and a compatible DVD decoder installed on your computer. A compatible DVD decoder is already installed on computers that include Windows Media Center.

To understand how your computer handles multimedia content, such as when an audio CD or DVD is inserted in a CD or DVD drive, see Change AutoPlay settings.

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To play a DVD

  1. Insert the DVD that you want to play into a DVD drive.

  2. (Optional) If the main DVD title menu does not display automatically, on the start screen, scroll to TV + Movies, and then click play dvd.

  3. Click the appropriate button on the DVD menu to play the DVD.

  4. To skip to the next chapter on the DVD, move the mouse, and then click the Next button on the transport controls.

  5. To go back to the previous chapter on the DVD, move the mouse, and then click the Previous button on the transport controls.

  6. To stop playing the DVD, move the mouse, and then click the Stop button on the transport controls.

Note

  • As an alternative to using the mouse, you can use the PLAY button and navigation buttons on the Windows Media Center remote control to play and navigate through the DVD.

To play a DVD with a changer

  1. Insert the DVD that you want to play into a DVD changer or on the start screen, scroll to TV + Movies, and then click DVD library to select a DVD.

  2. If the main DVD title menu does not display automatically, on the start screen, scroll to TV + Movies, and then click play dvd.

  3. Click the appropriate button on the DVD menu to play the DVD.

  4. To skip to the next chapter on the DVD, move the mouse, and then click the Next button on the transport controls.

  5. To go back to the previous chapter on the DVD, move the mouse, and then click the Previous button on the transport controls.

  6. To stop playing the DVD, move the mouse, and then click the Stop button on the transport controls.

Note

  • As an alternative to using the mouse, you can use the PLAY button and navigation buttons on the Windows Media Center remote control to play and navigate through the DVD.

To play an audio CD

  1. Insert an audio CD into the CD-ROM drive on your computer. The audio CD should begin to play.

  2. To play the next track on the CD, move the mouse, and then click the Next button on the transport controls.

  3. To play the previous track on the CD, move the mouse, and then click the Previous button on the transport controls.

  4. To view all the tracks on the CD, click View Queue.

  5. To change the playback order of the CD, click Shuffle, click Repeat, or select both Shuffle and Repeat.

    When you shuffle playback, the audio tracks are played in a random order until all the tracks have played back; playback then stops. When you repeat playback, all the tracks for the CD are played until the last track has played; playback then starts again from the first audio track. When you shuffle and repeat playback, the audio tracks play in the same order, and then playback begins again after the last track has played.

  6. To stop playing the CD, move the mouse, and then click the Stop button on the transport controls.

Note

  • As an alternative to using the mouse, you can use the PLAY button and navigation buttons on the Windows Media Center remote control to play and navigate through the CD.

To play a data CD or DVD

  1. Insert the data CD or DVD into the CD or DVD drive on your Windows Media Center computer.

  2. Depending on what you want to do, under What do you want to do?, click View videos, Play music, or View pictures.

  3. To view the imported data, on the start screen, scroll to Pictures + Videos, and then click picture library.

  4. Click to open the imported data folder.

To set the default language for DVDs

Not all DVDs support multiple languages.

  1. On the start screen, scroll to Tasks, and then click settings.

  2. Click DVD.

  3. Click DVD Language.

  4. Do one or more of the following to change the DVD language settings:

    • To change the default language for subtitles for the DVD, under Subtitle, click the - or + button until the language that you want to use for subtitles appears.

    • To change the default language for the audio track for the DVD, under Audio track, click the - or + button until the language that you want to use for the audio track appears.

    • To change the menu language for the DVD, under Menu, click the - or + button until the language that you want to use for the menu language appears.

  5. Click Save.

To set the default language for a DVD

  1. Insert the DVD that you want to play into a DVD drive.

  2. If the main DVD title menu does not display automatically, on the start screen, click TV + Movies, and then click play dvd. To display the main DVD menu by using the remote control, press the DVD MENU button.

  3. On the main DVD title menu for the DVD, refer to the DVD on-screen menu for setup and other language options for that particular DVD.

To change the remote control options for playing a DVD

You can change how the Windows Media Center remote control buttons work when you use them to play and navigate through a DVD in Windows Media Center.

  1. On the start screen, scroll to Tasks, click settings, and then click DVD.

  2. Click Remote Control Options.

  3. Do one or more of the following to change the remote control options when playing a DVD.

    • To change how the SKIP and REPLAY buttons function when watching a DVD, under Program skip and replay buttons to, select one of the options, depending on what you want the SKIP and REPLAY buttons to do when watching a DVD.

    • To change how the CHANNEL UP and CHANNEL DOWN buttons function when watching a DVD, under Program channel up and down buttons to, select one of the options depending on what you want the CHANNEL UP and CHANNEL DOWN buttons to do when watching a DVD.

  4. Click Save.