Enable Media Center DVD Library Fix it Live!

We just released another Fix it Knowledge Base (KB) article. This Fix it enables the DVD Library in Windows Media Center on Vista as described in KB 930526Note: After you apply a fix, you may have to right-click Add folders to see or add additional content. 

Comments (49)

  1. JohnBuk says:

    Hello Peter,

    You will have to right-click Add folders to add the content on the D: and E: drive to see them in the dvd gallery.


  2. bmahaf says:

    Hello Walton,

    If Blu-ray isn’t working you might not have any 3rd party playback applications.

    The following information is from MSDN:


    Windows Media Center supports HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc playback, as follows:

    When Windows Media Center is running full screen, Windows Media Center can start a third-party playback application when a HD DVD or Blu-ray Disc disc is inserted into the DVD drive. If Windows Media Center is not full screen when a disc is inserted, Windows auto-play manages the playback process.

    If an HD DVD or Blu-ray Disc disc is already in the DVD drive, Windows Media Center can start a third-party playback application if the user selects Play DVD from the Windows Media Center Start menu.



  3. bmahaf says:

    Hey Matt,

    Thank you for taking the time to post a comment. When you recreated the ShowGallery value did you create it as a REG_SZ? In addition, are any DVDs showing up from other watch folers?



  4. heykevin says:

    I am having some trouble with DVD Library.  I made the appropriate registry changes but the DVD Library Icon is only visible if you are logged on to my pc as an administrator. any sugestions would be very much appreciated.

    Vista ultimate X64

  5. bmahaf says:

    Hello Bryan,

    Thank you for taking the time to post a comment. So the machine that is broken still shows "Play DVD" instead of "dvd library"? If you could provide the registry and a screen shot you can e-mail that information to me using bmahaf@microsoft.com. I want to make sure there isn’t anything with our Fix it that could be improved so other users don’t run into the same issue you have.



  6. bmahaf says:

    Hey Joedy,

    Thank you for taking the time to post a comment. Does Media Center provide the "Play DVD" option?



  7. Anonymous says:

    I have an interesting scenario.

    Two indential brand new HP machines with home premium. Both now have values of ShowGallery = Gallery. One changed from "Play" after running media center setup and the other changed from "Play" before running media center setup for the first time. There was only 3 or 4 registry values of which ShowGallery was one of them. The machine changed to Gallery after media center setup was run displays the DVD library and I was able to add folders to watch just fine. DVDs display and play.

    The machine changed to "Gallery" before media center setup was run for first tim will not display the DVD library.

    I was setting up new machines and thought I would just make the change before running media center for the first time but apparently there is a problem with the timing of this. I have rebooted and changed ShowGallery back to "Play" and run media center setup and then changed back to "Gallery" and rebootd again, but to no avail. Any suggestions? I have about 5 hours invested in setup of other software so would like to salvage this setup. I can provide the registry or screen shots if interested.


  8. JohnBuk says:

    The "Fix It" only changes the option from "play dvd" to "dvd gallery".  You may still need to right click and Add Folders to see content.  Do you at least get "dvd gallery" within TV & Movies?


  9. Anonymous says:


    Check the file types supported for your extender. I have not seen one yet that supports .vob files which is what DVD files are on disk. I have seen some work around projects whild researching this topic that allow DVDs to be streamed on an extender. Seems like a bit of work involved.



  10. bmahaf says:

    Bryan’s issue was also resolved by settting HideDVD to 0 under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionMedia CenterStart Menu

  11. bmahaf says:

    Hello Barron,

    Thank you for taking the time to post a comment. Can you open regedit and navigate to the following key?

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionMedia CenterStart Menu

    Check to see if there is a HideDVD value and if the value data is set to 1. If the value data for HideDVD is set to 1 then you have two options. One option would be to delete the HideDVD value. The other option would be to change the value data from 1 to 0.



  12. Matt says:

    This is a great idea, but unfortunately it did not work on one of my Vista Ultimates machines. It might be because I tried the registry tweak and changed the name of the ShowGallery to Gallery instead of changing the registry’s value. So then I deleted the value and reentered it. Then the dvd library showed up, but i could not see any dvd’s in the folder that I added to the watch list. I tried the fix on another Vista Ultimate machine and it worked fine. Is there a way to fix this by importing registry values from my computer that works? Or can I re-install media center?

  13. None says:

    doesn’t work with my vista ult. german

  14. WaltonAmbrose says:

    Does Windows Media Center supports Blu-Ray Discs playback? I am trying to play Blu-Ray but it is not booting up. Is there a patch? What can I do?

  15. Peter Fordham says:

    Dear Sirs.

    I am running Vista Media Center within Vista Ultimate.

    My DVD’s are all stored on my hard discs for convenience, I have installed the fix KB 930526 which has identified the DVD’s on drive C: and plays them, however I have a D: and E: drive both of which are for DVD storage and the fix has failed to recognise these drives, is there a fix for this ?

    I look forward to your help and remain.


    Peter Fordham

  16. Barron says:

    I am having the same problem as Bryan Guidizi.  I applied the fix after setting up Media Center and it does not change to DVD LIBRARY.  My registry setting has been saved as GALLERY.  Any help would be appreciated.  


  17. Barron says:

    Brian, IT WORKED!  Thanks for your help.  I can see the library and add movies to it.  The play dvd option is still there.  Also, on the remote computer it does not display any of the movie info.  Is this normal.  The pc I’m using to rip and store the movies is a Windows 7 box.  

    Thanks again for your help.

  18. Joedy says:

    i dont even have the hide dvd option. im having the same problem of no dvd library. My registry setting was already on Gallery before i did anything. ALthough i did have arcsoft media player installed

  19. John says:

    Ok, here is a good question. I have gone through all the steps mentioned above and it shows up great. The problem is that when I added an extender to the media center pc, the DVD option doesn’t show on the menu on the extender. Is there a fix for that?

  20. Gerald Wight says:

    I upgraded my processor from a phenom 8450 to a Phenom 940 recently, ever since I get the error message "digital cable device registration has stopped working," In addition media center refuses to recognize my hauppauge tv tuner which it had no problem with before,what gives? Is this one of those we shut down windows if you change anything scams?

  21. ML49448 says:

    On a fresh Vista Ultimate install, I am having the same issue as Joedy. I accidentalyran the FixIt before setting up Media Center the first time, and before I applied any updates. ShowGallery is set to Gallery correctly, and HideDVD was not present, though I added it and set it to 0 to test if that made a difference (it didn’t).

    Any other suggestions? I am using this PC specifically for this purpose so it’s important for me to get it working.

  22. ML49448 says:

    And Media Center does NOIT provide the "Play DVD" option for me either.

  23. ML49448 says:

    It appears that Media Center was hiding certain functions because my video card wasn’t considered up to snuff. Luckily I had another on the way already, I was just trying to get this set up before it got here.

    A better video card made everything show up suddenly. Is that documented anywhere? I can’t seem to find reference to this behavior anywhere.

  24. jim says:

    I ran the fix it for me, My Play DVD has become DVD Library, but when I add folders to watch it doesn’t add anything. My DVDs are backed up as .iso, and are stored on an external HDD hooked to my computer. I am running Vista Ultimate 64-bit.

  25. Randy W says:

    Your DVD’s need to be ripped with a VOB files in order for the library to see them.  It does not recognize ISO’s as Video Files

  26. jk says:


    I have tried everything suggested over here. cant get to see DVD Library in media center. I did changed showgallery value to gallery and hidedvd to 0 but no luck .running vista ultimate 64bit .

    help please


  27. Todd Green says:

    I am also having the problem of not seeing a Play DVD or any DVD options. I am running Vista Ultimate. Please help.

  28. Tyler says:

    I have changed the regit to dvd library, and when entering wmc it shows up fine, i can enter the folder and I can see and play the 2 samples fine. I then click add new folder to watch, but none of them show up. all of my dvd’s are in .avi, is there something else I need to change. I have also added my films to the same location as the samples but still no luck

    Hope you can help


  29. Chuck says:

    Here’s a new one.  I change my Gallery key to "Gallery" and checked the hide dvd key, which was already "0."  The DVD library menu now shows up fine, but when I select it, I immediately get the error: Media Center has stopped working. This is before I even set the library to monitor any of my DVD folders.  Though, even after setting the folders, there’s still the same issue.  As soon as I change the Gallery option back to "play" all is well again.  Vista Ultimate x64.  Any ideas?


  30. Michael Lamb says:

    Worked for me! We should have a load of these Fix It apps for lots of Windows issues. Especially for Media Center Edition (sharing Recorded TV folders from other MCE PCs would be nice).

  31. micky says:

    I’m hitting a similar issue.

    All actions taken… final step ‘add (monitor)folders’ does not repond and only the sample dvd’s exist.

  32. Jeff25 says:

    The problem I am having is after I copy a movie to the videos folder I see the same movie icon two times in Media Center. Any idea why?

  33. jane freeman says:

    After upgrading to media player 11 my dvd player– sony cdrw only clicks and doesn’t fully engage. I have roxio decoder. I’ve tried uninstalling an rebooting driver … still nothing rolled it back and still it doesn’t work

  34. C Martin says:

    Has anyone enabled this feature on Windows 7 RC? None of the registry keys mentioned exist. I did find a mention of a built in DVD library menu but it must have been a previous build not 7100RC. Any help is appreciated.


  35. Joshua says:

    I finally see dvd in dvd library, then i click "Play" and it frozen and wont play…how did this happen?? I am save dvd on M drive use Subst..Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit..


  36. Ken says:

    I ran the Fis-it-for-me, and the DVD Library shows one dirve but not the other, even I have ran the setting adding both drives/folders. Any help ?

  37. Kumar B says:

    I cannot see the Start Menu Option in my registry? I went to look for HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionMedia CenterStart Menu

    and I see only the following



    Media Folders



    I searched in each one of these including DVD Settings under Settings and still do not find the HideDVD option. I am running Vista 64 bit

    Please help. I can see the DVD library on my WMC but cannot see it on my Linksys DMA 2100 extender. I changed the value for Show Gallery to ‘Gallery’ and that is how I am able to see the DVD library option on my WMC on my PC. I thought what ever I see on my WMC I should see on my TV since the extender is simply extending my WMC on to my PC? What am I missing?

    Please help

  38. Hunter says:

    This does NOT fix the issue. I still don’t have a DVD Library and can’t get it to show with all the registry hacks posted and this tool. Please do SOMETHING.

  39. fredoegm says:

    It works fine, I tried it under Windows Vista Home premium (x64) in Spanish. The HIDEDVD was the problem, I just change it from 1 to 0 and works

  40. NicolaMa says:

    Does not seem to Work with Windows 7 RTM x64

  41. MrBlue says:

    I used the MS "fix it" – worked for me.

    I went back & double checked via the "manual" method (just to review & confirm).

    You may want to givr it another try.

    Vista Home Premium – SP2 x64

  42. mike says:

    k well idk how this happened but i clicked media center by mistake and it converted all my files including games and stuff like calculator into lnk files now all that happens when i open anything teh media center appears how can i fix this with out fomating my computer?

  43. Dizzy67 says:

    Hi,  does anyone know if you can add blu ray ripped disc to the DVD library

  44. Chad says:

    Hi, is there a fix it for media center extender that we could just run on our extender to show the DVD library like it was done on my pc’s media center?

  45. Kaybee says:

    This fix does not work on my Vista 64 bit PC. The irony is that I had WMC showing DVD library and even played DVD (VOB files) on my hard disk but I had to do a clean install of Vista following a virus on my PC and after that I cannot see either the ‘Play DVD’ or DVD library on my PC. I installed all the Vista updates, rebooted the PC, restarted WMC but w/o success

  46. dreamdud15@aol.com says:

    some how the dvd when to d drive instead of c drive

    now i can't play any movie

  47. Tara.Spencer says:

    I have a Dell inspirion 15R and it won't play my Blueray DVD.  What do I do to fix that?  It's supposed to be able to play it.  Normal DVD's play automacially in Window Media Player, this one wurred a few times and then fell silent and the Windows Media Player never opened.  I tried going throught the drive on my "computer" but that didn't work either.  Please help!  Or should I just call Dell?

  48. George Reimuth says:

    the play movie icon is missing in my windows media center I can not play dvd movies or use setup to download cd-rom  programs

  49. Windows Vista Help says:

    Media Center in  <a href="http://www.windowsvistahelpnow.com/>Windows Vista</a>  has the capabilities of displaying and playing DVD content stored on your personal computer, however this feature is not enabled by default.. Enabling this feature is easy and can be done by simply modifying your registry..

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