You have several different options for playing DVDs and other media files in Windows 8. One of these options, XBMC, offers some unique features such as a weather forecast feature and audio visualizations during music playback.

XBMC is a free media player app that you can download and install on your Windows 8 PC. The whole process is simple and will only take you a few minutes:


Visit the XBMC website.

To begin, open Internet Explorer and type in the address bar. When the page finishes loading, click Downloads near the top of the page.


Click the Windows link.


Choose the download option.

Click the Save button to begin the download.


Begin the installation.

When the file has finished downloading, click the Run button to begin installing XBMC.


Continue the installation.

Click the Next button to continue.


Accept the license agreement.

Click the I Agree button to continue.


Choose the components to install.

You can select whichever options you prefer, but you'll probably just want to click the Next button to continue.


Choose an install location.

The setup program allows you to choose where to install XBMC, but you'll probably find it easiest to simply accept the default location and click the Install button to continue.


Click the install button.

The start menu folder options don't apply in Windows 8.


Wait a few moments while the XBMC setup program is running.


Click the Finish button to complete the installation.

XBMC is now ready to use.