Playing DVDs On Your System

by Barry Dysert
(last updated May 11, 2015)

If you have a DVD drive on your computer you can play a DVD and listen to it through your computer's sound card. Depending on how your system is configured, when you insert a DVD into the drive, you may be prompted to play it. (Setting the AutoPlay configuration is covered under another tip.) If your system is configured for AutoPlay to prompt you, you'll see the AutoPlay dialog box appear after you've inserted the disc. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. The AutoPlay dialog box.

The options presented in the AutoPlay dialog box depend on how you have AutoPlay configured and on the different programs you have installed on your system. All you need to do is click the option you want, from the AutoPlay dialog box, to have the DVD play using the specified application.

The other configuration option is to have the disc automatically begin playing without your interaction. If AutoPlay is set up like this, the DVD will begin playing as soon as it's inserted.

If AutoPlay is disabled on your system, then when you insert a DVD nothing appears to happen. You can still play it, though. After inserted, just launch the application you want to use to play the DVD. Typically the application will find the DVD and you're ready to go. For example, if you insert an audio CD and launch Windows Media Player, it detects that the CD has been loaded and it can be played right away.

 This tip (12431) applies to Windows 7 and 8.

Author Bio

Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 30 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer.  He is currently a senior software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. ...

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