How Can I Play a PC-DVD Game on My Computer?

By Sean Mulligan

PC-DVD games are designed for PC computers and not Macintosh/Apple brand computers. Computers must have a DVD-ROM drive to be able to play a PC-DVD game. Because DVD-ROM discs contain more storage space compared with a CD-ROM disc, more information can be kept on a single DVD-ROM compared with multiple CD-ROM discs. All the information on a PC-DVD game be stored on a single disc compared with being spread out over multiple CD-ROM discs.

Things You'll Need

  • PC computer
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • PC-DVD game

How to play a PC-DVD game.

Step 1

Make sure a PC-DVD compatible computer is used. Apple computers cannot be used to play a PC-DVD computer game.

Step 2

Check to see if the computer has a DVD-ROM drive. A DVD logo will appear on the outside of the computer on the drive. DVD R/RW drives are OK to use as well.

Step 3

Insert the PC-DVD game into the DVD-ROM drive. Close the DVD-ROM drive and installation instructions should come up automatically. If the instructions do not come up automatically, they can be manually brought up as well by clicking the "START" menu, then "My Computer," and double-click the drive where the game is located.

Step 4

Follow the on-screen instructions for installing the game. Instructions include where to save the game information. Newer computer games require to enter a product-key, which is located on the back of the DVD-ROM case or on the inside cover. It is usually a 16-digit number in the style of (xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx). Some games require the computer to meet certain requirements. What the game requires will be listed on the packaging of the game.

Step 5

Once the game has fully installed, it is able to be played. If a link has been placed on the computer desktop, it can be double-clicked to start the game. Otherwise, locate where the game was installed and double-click the game title. The game should begin to start. To be able to play, the DVD-ROM must be in the DVD-ROM drive.

Tips & Warnings

  • Some PC-DVD games will not run depending on the computer's operating system. Some older computer games will not work if the computer is running Windows 7.
  • Some PC-DVD games will run slowly if the computer barely needs the requirements to play the game. Many PC-DVD game packages will now list "Recommended" requirements along with basic requirements. Following the "Recommended" requirements ensures the game will run smoothly. Barely meeting the minimum requirements to play the game will sometimes result in slow/sluggish game play.
  • Do not try to play a PC-DVD game on a computer that does not have a DVD-ROM drive. The computer may not warn that it cannot install the game, which may result in further problems with the computer.

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