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How to Play Blu-Ray DVDs with Windows

Theater-quality movies can be viewed at home with the crystal clear Blu-ray technology. Following these steps, you now can also experience Blu-ray quality on your home PC.


  • Step 1: Purchase a Blu-ray drive Purchase a Blu-ray drive if your computer does not already have one. You cannot play Blu-Ray discs without this component.
  • Step 2: Purchase software Purchase software that allows you to play your Blu-ray discs, as well as your HD DVDs.
  • Step 3: Check your hardware Check your computer's hardware: its processor, RAM, and graphics card. Ensure it is capable of handling Blu-ray discs. Your graphics card must support HDCP and an HDCP monitor.
  • TIP: Some Blu-ray software can check your computer's hardware to see if it is capable of playing Blu-ray discs. The tool advises you on what hardware you need to upgrade.
  • Step 4: Troubleshoot Troubleshoot problems in Windows 7 by going into your Control Panel and typing Troubleshooter. Click View all, and then click Playing and Burning CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray Discs. This identifies any glitches you may encounter so you can get on with watching your theater-quality movies on your home PC.
  • FACT: The reason for the name Blu-ray has to do with the actual technology. Optical disc technologies like DVD use a red laser to read data, but Blu-ray uses a blue-violet laser.

You Will Need

  • Computer with a Blu-ray drive
  • Software
  • Blu-ray compatible hardware

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