How to Restore Missing Windows Media Center AutoPlay Entries in Windows 7

After installing or upgrading to Windows 7, you may notice that the AutoPlay dialog does not list Windows Media Center as one of the options.

This is the case when you open Change AutoPlay settings applet in Control Panel.

Windows 7 does not seem to include the Windows Media Center AutoPlay registry entries by default. However, you can add the necessary entries manually or export the keys from a Windows Vista PC (which is what I did). The AutoPlay entries are populated from this registry branch:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ explorer \ AutoplayHandlers

Tip: Keys and Values starting with the word "EHome" (EHomeDVDDropTarget, EHomeMusicDropTarget, EHomePhotosHandler, EHomeSVCDDropTarget, EHomeVCDDropTargetEHomeVideosHandler) are the ones we need.





I’ve made available a REG file which adds all of the Windows Media Center AutoPlay handler entries to the registry.

Registry Fix

Download w7-ehome-autoplay.zip, and save to Desktop. Unzip and run the enclosed REG file.

Windows Media Center is now added to the AutoPlay dialog!

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Ramesh Srinivasan founded Winhelponline.com back in 2005. He is passionate about Microsoft technologies and has a vast experience in the ITeS industry — delivering support for Microsoft's consumer products. He has been a Microsoft MVP [2003 to 2012] who contributes to various Windows support forums.

12 thoughts on “How to Restore Missing Windows Media Center AutoPlay Entries in Windows 7

  1. Thanks much! Nice quick fix without having to go tinker with the registry myself. Be blessed.

  2. Just used this – worked a treat! Thanks a lot….it’s funny that Microsoft couldn’t come up with this simple fix though isn’t it? Perhaps you should ask them for a job? :)

  3. Hey, thanks a bunch. I never would have figured that out. I switched from Vista to 7 so I knew it could be set as default but it was driving me crazy trying to figure out how.

  4. Thanks so much. Had to call support and still they couldn’t restore windows media center as my default. Great job. Now all I need is for someone to tell me how to get my audio files to play inwindows media center

  5. You have won my ‘You are Da Man!” award for today with this easy-to-follow, yet time consumming solutions for newbies and not-so newbies. Thanks!!!

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