How to play DVDs in Windows

This tutorial will guide you all the way through the steps required to play DVDs on your Windows PC – using good (and free!) software, rather than whatever may have came installed on your computer.

  1. First of all, download the FULL K-Lite Codec Pack (not the BASIC or STANDARD). Once the download is complete, double-click the setup file and click Next.

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  3. Once you click Next, it will ask you whether you want to install the pack with simple or advanced options. Select Advanced Install and click Next.

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  5. Select the destination where you want to install the program and click Next.

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  7. It will now ask you to select the profile and the components you want to install. Select Default Profile and click Next. This will install almost all components you need to play any kind of media file – including and especially DVDs.

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  9. Select the name of the shortcut you want to use in the Start Menu and click Next.

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  11. It will now ask you about some additional tasks and options. Just leave it as it is and click Next.

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  13. This is an important step. You will be asked you if your computer supports DVXA hardware acceleration. If you are not sure, leave it unchecked and click Next. Unless you’re absolutely certain your PC supports DVXA, it is better to leave it unchecked, as it might create problems.

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  15. Now, it will ask you about the player with which you want to associate different media file types. Check Media Player Classic and click Next.

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  17. Select all the file types you want to play using Media Player Classic. Under Video File Extensions, find the DVD File option, check it (and make sure that .ifo and .vob are also selected) and then click Next.

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  19. You can also generate thumbnails for different file types using K-Lite Codec Pack. Check desired file types for which you want to display thumbnails and click Next.

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  21. Leave the speaker configuration as it is if you want to use you laptops speakers. Otherwise select the speaker configuration that matches your PC.

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  23. Review all the settings you select and once you are satisfied, click Install. The installation process will only take a few moments.

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  25. Once the installation is complete, click Finish.

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  27. Open Media Player Classic and go to View -> Options.
  28. Click on Formats under the Player tab from the left sidebar.
  29. Under File Extensions, make sure the DVD File extension is checked. In the bottom, check Video, Music, DVD and Audio CD from the Autoplay options.

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  31. Now, go to DVD/OGM under playback tab.
  32. Under location of the DVD Drive or the Video TS folder, set it to default or if you have a DVD inside your DVD drive, check User Defined Path and click OK.

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  34. Here is a screenshot of Windows Media Player Classic playing a DVD.

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  36. You can watch the DVD movie in full screen by just double clicking anywhere in the video screen. Another way to enable the full screen is by going to View -> Full Screen. To exit Full Screen mode, just double-click your mouse. While you are playing the movie, you can just pause and play the movie by pressing the Space bar.
  37. If the subtitles are not enabled, you can easily enable subtitles by going to Play -> Subtitles > Enable. If the DVD has any other languages other than English it will show you the language there.
  38. That’s it – you’re done! Happy DVD and movie watching :)

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