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How can I enable the DVD Library in Windows Media Center on a Windows Vista-based computer?

Problem description
On a computer that is running Windows Vista, Windows Media Center displays DVD content that is stored on your computer in the DVD Library. However, the DVD Library is not automatically enabled. If it is not enabled, you cannot see your DVD content. This article helps you enable or disable the DVD Library feature in Windows Media Center on a Windows Vista-based computer.

To have us fix this problem for you, go to the "Fix it for me" section. If you’d rather fix this problem yourself, go to the "Let me fix it myself" section.
Fix it for me
To fix this problem automatically, click the Fix this problemlink. Then, click Runin the File Downloaddialog box and follow the steps in this wizard.

Note this wizard may be in English only; however, the automatic fix also works for other language versions of Windows.

Note If you are not on the computer that has the problem, you can save the automatic fix to a flash drive or to a CD, and then you can run it on the computer that has the problem.

To check whether this resolved the problem, go to the "Did this fix the problem?" section.
Let me fix it myself
Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
To enable the DVD Library, follow these steps:
  1. If Windows Media Center is running, close it.
  2. Click StartStart button.
  3. In the Start Search box, paste or type regedit.
  4. In the Programs list, click regedit.

     User Account Control permission If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type your password, or click Continue.
  5. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Media Center\Settings\DvdSettings
  6. In the details pane, right-click ShowGallery, and then click Modify.
  7. Delete the contents that appear in the Value data box.
  8. In the Value data box, type Gallery, and then click OK.
  9. Close Registry Editor.
Did this fix the problem?
To verify that the automatic fix worked, restart your computer. If the computer now displays "DVD Library" instead of "Play DVD," the problem is fixed, and you are finished with this article. Note You may have to right-click Add folders to see content. If there is a problem, you can contact support.
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Article ID: 930526 - Last Review: 06/28/2011 23:32:00 - Revision: 8.1

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