How to Run a CD From the Start Menu

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Microsoft Windows has gone through several changes over its history. One of the additions with Windows 95 was the Start menu. This menu allowed users to have one central place to access most of the files and programs on their computer. The Start menu has changed its look over the last four variations of Windows, but its basic functionality has remained the same. Users still use this menu as the main access point to the rest of the computer.


Step 1

Open the CD-ROM drive and place a CD into it. Close the drive door.

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Step 2

Click on the "Start" button or Windows icon on the bottom left-hand corner of the desktop.

Step 3

Move the mouse over the "My Computer" command. Single-click the command to bring up the "My Computer" window, which will list the drives installed on the computer.

Step 4

Double-click on the "D" drive to start the CD drive. The computer will read the CD and automatically start playing music or running programs.

Things You'll Need

  • CD-ROM drive

  • CD

  • Windows XP or later


Use the Start menu if your computer either doesn't have an Autoplay feature or of there is a CD in the player and it is not currently playing.


If you try to play a music CD and you don't currently have a media player installed, the CD will begin to work and then will be unable to go forward. Make sure you have one installed before starting.