DVD Player (Windows)

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This article is about the Microsoft Windows software. For the electronic device, see DVD player.
DVD Player
A component of Microsoft Windows
DVD Player (Windows 2000) icon.png
DVD Player (Windows ME) screenshot.png
Included with
Replaced by
Support status
Related components
CD Player

DVD Player (also known as dvdplay.exe) is a computer program included in Windows 98, Windows Me and Windows 2000 that autoplays a DVD disc. DVD Player was introduced in Windows 98 and removed from modern versions of Windows, starting with Windows XP.[1]


When the DVD Player is launched it searches all local drives in alphabetical order from C:, looking for a Video_TS folder. When this folder is located, the data file within it is loaded, and video streaming begins. If this folder exists on a drive that comes before the DVD drive, the player will try to play the data in the first folder it finds.


In Windows 98 and Windows 2000, DVD Player only plays DVDs if a hardware-based MPEG decoder is present. In Windows Me, DVD Player supports software-based MPEG decoders.[2][3]

With Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8: DVDPlay.exe was dropped as a separate application in favor of DVD functionality introduced into Windows Media Player. While the DVDPlay executable still resides in %Windir%system32, it simply executes Windows Media Player. However, the full-working hardware-based version was still included with Windows XP pre-RC1.


  1. ^ Windows 98 Multimedia
  2. ^ Description of DVD Player in Windows Millennium Edition
  3. ^ Ask the Windows 2000 Dev Team: Windows Media Player, Run DVD, Find the IP Address

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