PowerDVD won't auto-start when DVD is inserted


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Mortimer

My dad's PC (Win7) used to run PowerDVD automatically when a video DVD was
inserted, but recently it has stopped doing so. He's not aware of having
made any changes to the config that coincide with PowerDVD stopping running.

The PC recognises the presence of the DVD, as seen in the Computer section
of Windows Explorer, and the contents of the disc are visible (the VIDEO_TS
folder containing the VOB and IFO files), but Power DVD does not start.

If PowerDVD is started manually from the Start Menu, it runs perfectly, even
to the extent of remembering how far through the disc it was and resuming
playing from that point.

I've looked in Control Panel | AutoPlay: there is a tick beside "Use
AutoPlay for all media and devices" and for DVD Movie, the setting is "Play
DVD Video using Power DVD".

I've even tried setting the action for DVD Movie to other values like "Open
folder in Windows Explorer" and "Ask me", and the behaviour changes
accordingly, to open either a Windows Explorer window showing the contents
of the DVD or to open a dialog that asks whether I want to play using Power
DVD, when I insert the disc.

So AutoPlay seems to be behaving itself and Power DVD is quite happy to play
discs if it is started manually: it's only when AutoPlay tries to start it
automatically that it fails to do so.

Any suggestions? I'd reinstall Power DVD but he doesn't remember being given
an installation disc for it: it was pre-installed and may be part of a
Dell-specific system restore disc rather that being separately installable.
 
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Dave-UK

Mortimer said:
My dad's PC (Win7) used to run PowerDVD automatically when a video DVD was inserted, but recently it has stopped doing
so. He's not aware of having made any changes to the config that coincide with PowerDVD stopping running.

The PC recognises the presence of the DVD, as seen in the Computer section of Windows Explorer, and the contents of
the disc are visible (the VIDEO_TS folder containing the VOB and IFO files), but Power DVD does not start.

If PowerDVD is started manually from the Start Menu, it runs perfectly, even to the extent of remembering how far
through the disc it was and resuming playing from that point.

I've looked in Control Panel | AutoPlay: there is a tick beside "Use AutoPlay for all media and devices" and for DVD
Movie, the setting is "Play DVD Video using Power DVD".

I've even tried setting the action for DVD Movie to other values like "Open folder in Windows Explorer" and "Ask me",
and the behaviour changes accordingly, to open either a Windows Explorer window showing the contents of the DVD or to
open a dialog that asks whether I want to play using Power DVD, when I insert the disc.

So AutoPlay seems to be behaving itself and Power DVD is quite happy to play discs if it is started manually: it's
only when AutoPlay tries to start it automatically that it fails to do so.

Any suggestions? I'd reinstall Power DVD but he doesn't remember being given an installation disc for it: it was
pre-installed and may be part of a Dell-specific system restore disc rather that being separately installable.
I monitored my registry and selected GOM Player to play DVD movies as the default AutoPlay action.
Here are the relevant keys involved, I'm guessing yours should be similar with PowerDVD listed
instead of Gom player.

[HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\AutoplayHandlers\EventHandlersDefaultSelection\PlayDVDMovieOnArrival]
@="GOMPlayDVDOnArrival"


[HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\AutoplayHandlers\UserChosenExecuteHandlers\PlayDVDMovieOnArrival]
@="GOMPlayDVDOnArrival"


[HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\AutoplayHandlers\EventHandlers\PlayDVDMovieOnArrival]
"MSPlayDVDMovieOnArrival"=""
"GOMPlayDVDOnArrival"=""
"ImgBurnPlayDVDMovieOnArrival_ReadDisc"=""

[HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\AutoplayHandlers\Handlers\GOMPlayDVDOnArrival]
"Action"="Play DVD video"
"DefaultIcon"="C:\\Program Files\\GRETECH\\GomPlayer\\GOM.EXE,0"
"InvokeProgID"="GomPlayer.DVD"
"InvokeVerb"="open"
"Provider"="GOM Player"

..
 
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Wolf K

My dad's PC (Win7) used to run PowerDVD automatically when a video DVD
was inserted, but recently it has stopped doing so. He's not aware of
having made any changes to the config that coincide with PowerDVD
stopping running. [...]
I've looked in Control Panel | AutoPlay: there is a tick beside "Use
AutoPlay for all media and devices" and for DVD Movie, the setting is
"Play DVD Video using Power DVD".
Sometimes these settings become "unstuck." Try unticking, shutting down,
rebooting, ticking, shutting down, rebooting. Don't know why, but this
works often enough to be worth trying.

[...]
 
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Gene E. Bloch

My dad's PC (Win7) used to run PowerDVD automatically when a video DVD
was inserted, but recently it has stopped doing so. He's not aware of
having made any changes to the config that coincide with PowerDVD
stopping running. [...]
I've looked in Control Panel | AutoPlay: there is a tick beside "Use
AutoPlay for all media and devices" and for DVD Movie, the setting is
"Play DVD Video using Power DVD".
Sometimes these settings become "unstuck." Try unticking, shutting down,
rebooting, ticking, shutting down, rebooting. Don't know why, but this
works often enough to be worth trying.

[...]
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