Symmetrically and unsymmetrically substituted diorganodichlorosilanes have been prepared by hydrosilylation with dichlorosilane using two different platinum catalysts, i.e., hexachloroplatinic acid (Speier's catalyst) and a platinum cyclovinylmethylsiloxane complex. Hydrosilylation of unsubstituted 1-alkenes proved to be very efficient, yielding anti-Markonikov substituted di-n-alkyldichlorosilanes. However, no reaction was observed when electron-deficient 1-alkenes were used. Octacarbonyldicobalt enabled formation of the monoadduct of 1H,1H,2H-perfluoro-1-hexene with dichlorosilane, which was employed in a second hydrosilylation of the olefin. Thus, the anti-Markovnikov diadduct was obtained in 40% overall yield. The two-step synthesis has also been applied successfully to obtain unsymmetrically substituted diorganodichlorosilanes containing nitrile and ether groups.