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, 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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  1. Matt
    said this on Friday, January 3rd 2014 11:17 am

    Thanks! This really helped. No other results I could find explained how to add it to the list of options.

  2. Keith
    said this on Friday, May 24th 2013 3:31 pm

    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. Mark
    said this on Tuesday, January 3rd 2012 5:42 am

    Worked perfectly… thank you so much :)

  4. Jesse Rodgers
    said this on Thursday, November 24th 2011 2:48 am

    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.

  5. Frank
    said this on Sunday, September 4th 2011 10:53 pm

    Many thanks!!!

    I am so grateful for gifted people like yourself.

  6. Rick
    said this on Saturday, March 26th 2011 6:33 am

    What about Blu-ray movies ? Do you have a reg fix for that ?

  7. said this on Saturday, March 12th 2011 7:13 am

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  8. Jason
    said this on Sunday, November 28th 2010 3:48 am

    You are the best and the only person who seems to have this solution on the web.

  9. SAm
    said this on Tuesday, November 23rd 2010 4:02 am

    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

  10. JL
    said this on Tuesday, July 27th 2010 3:45 pm

    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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