How to Tell If Your Laptop Plays Blu-ray

By Katie Strzeszewski

Even though more PC manufacturers are beginning to include Blu-Ray drives in their laptops, Blu-Ray-enabled DVD drives are still uncommon in the commercial marketplace. Unless your laptop still has all of its original stickers, it is almost impossible to tell at a glance whether your DVD drive is capable of playing Blu-Ray discs. Fortunately, this information is on your computer and is very easy to find.

Step 1

Click on the Windows logo, usually located in the bottom left corner of your screen.

Step 2

Type "device manager" in the search box, wait for Device Manager to appear in the Start menu, and click on it.

Step 3

Click on the arrow next to "DVD/CD Drives." If the drive that is listed includes the letters "BD" --- such as "BD-ROM" or "DVDWBD" --- then your drive is Blu-Ray enabled. If the drive listed does not include the letters "BD", then your DVD drive does not have Blu-Ray capabilities.

Tips & Warnings

  • Blu-Ray enabled laptops started becoming available to the public during 2010, after Windows 7 was released. If your laptop is running Windows Vista or Windows XP, you will not have Blu-Ray on your laptop unless somebody upgraded the laptop for you.