How to Watch DVD on Computer

by Contributing Writer ; Updated September 28, 2017

You can conveniently watch DVD movies on your desktop or laptop computer as long as your machine has a DVD-ROM drive or burner. Windows Media Player is a multimedia program included with Windows operating systems that allows you to play DVDs. The Windows Vista and Windows XP Media Center Edition includes Windows Media Center, which is advanced home entertainment software. It plays DVDs and provides full access to the DVD menu and features.

With Windows Media Player

Log in to your user account in Windows XP/Vista and insert a DVD into the DVD drive.

Click “Start” and “All Programs.” Scroll down the list of programs and click on “Windows Media Player.”

Select the tab “Library” and double-click on the DVD entry under “Music.” The DVD menu will be displayed.

In the DVD menu, click on “Play” to start movie playback. Press “Alt+Enter” to switch the full screen mode on and off.

With Windows Media Center

Log in to your user account in Windows XP/Vista and insert a DVD into the DVD drive.

Click “Start” and “All Programs.” Scroll down the list of programs and click on “Windows Media Center.”

Double-click the button "Play DVD" to display the DVD menu.

In the DVD menu, click on “Play” to play a movie. Right-click on the screen to access DVD options and settings.

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