How to Play a DVD on a Dell

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How to Play a DVD on a Dell
Watch DVDs on your Dell computer when you're away from home. (Stephen Morton/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Your Dell computer is ideal for playing DVDs when you're on the go. You can watch DVDs on your Dell computer using one of three pre-installed programs: CyberLink PowerDVD DX, Windows Media Center or Windows Media Player. CyberLink PowerDVD DX and Windows Media Center are more user-friendly programs built specifically for playing DVDs. Windows Media Player puts less controls at your fingertips and is not as easy to navigate. All of the programs can be loaded from the Start menu.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

    CyberLink PowerDVD DX

  1. 1

    Insert the DVD into the Dell computer's optical drive.

  2. 2

    Click the "Start" icon on the Windows 7 taskbar to open the Start menu.

  3. 3

    Click "All Programs" in the lower-left corner of the Start menu to open a list of programs installed on the computer.

  4. 4

    Click "PowerDVD DX" to open CyberLink PowerDVD DX on the Dell computer. The DVD in the optical drive begins playing automatically.

    Windows Media Player

  1. 1

    Insert the DVD into the Dell computer's optical drive.

  2. 2

    Click the "Start" icon on the Windows 7 taskbar to open the Start menu.

  3. 3

    Click "All Programs" in the lower-left corner of the Start menu to open a list of programs installed on the computer. Click "Windows Media Player." Windows Media Player opens on the screen.

  4. 4

    Click "Play" in the Windows Media Player Menu toolbar in the upper-left corner of the program window to open a drop-down list. Click "DVD, VCD or CD audio" in the drop-down menu. The DVD begins playing in the Windows Media Player window.

    Windows Media Center

  1. 1

    Insert the DVD into the Dell computer's optical drive.

  2. 2

    Click the "Start" icon on the Windows 7 taskbar to open the Start menu.

  3. 3

    Click "All Programs" in the lower-left corner of the Start menu to open a list of programs installed on the computer. Click "Windows Media Center." Windows Media Center opens on the screen.

  4. 4

    Navigate to "Movies" using the arrow keys on the keyboard.

  5. 5

    Press the "Right" arrow key to highlight "Play DVD," then press "Enter." The movie begins playing in Windows Media Center.

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