How to Run a DVD on a Computer

By Elizabeth Chaplin

Watching a DVD on a DVD player is not always convenient or possible. People who travel or do not own a television set may have difficulty using a DVD player. Most computers and laptops have DVD disk drives that allow users to play DVDs. Run a DVD from the default video player already installed on your computer.

Step 1

Open the DVD disk drive by pushing the "Eject" button next to or underneath the drive.

Step 2

Insert the DVD with the title-side facing up. Hit the "Eject" button again to close the disk drive and load the DVD. For laptops, push the drive back into the computer gently.

Step 3

Click on the "Start" button.

Step 4

Go to "Run." The Run dialog box will open.

Step 5

Type "dvdplay.exe" into the bar next to "Open."

Step 6

Click "OK." The DVD player will open in the computer's default video player.