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Windows 7: Set default action for CD/DVD/BD/Etc

21 Oct 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Set default action for CD/DVD/BD/Etc

How is it possible to change the default action (eg: double-click on the drive icon; the bold entry in the right-click context menu) for an optical drive?

Keep in mind that this has nothing to do with AutoPlay. I always turn AutoPlay completely off. I just want double-click to perform the old school "Open" action on an optical drive instead of "Play" since I virtually NEVER want to do that with a disc. There doesn't appear to be a place to set this. I guess Microsoft is trying to make things easier for their users, but the lack of configurability is frustrating.

Edit For Future Readers: Success! Thanks to shoelessinsight, we finally have an answer! You can fix this by changing the default action to "Open" for the "DVD" entry under HKCR in your registry. Works for video DVDs at least...may be other keys you'll have to find for other disc types.

Short version fix: Run the attached .reg file. LOOK AT THE CONTENTS FIRST BEFORE RUNNING A .REG FROM A STRANGER OF COURSE! (But seriously, it's not going to do anything but change this value for you.)



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File Type: reg DVD.reg (168 Bytes, 350 views)
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21 Oct 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Right click and choose open doesn't work?
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21 Oct 2010   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

That accomplishes opening the disc, but I want open to be the default. I more often want open than anything else, so why not make that the normal double-click action?
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05 Nov 2010   #4

windows 7 home premium
 
 
Autoplay

Open autoplay in control panel. You will have all kinds of options.
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05 Nov 2010   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

@greyoldchief: AutoPlay is completely unrelated, as stated in the first post.

@TooCrooked: I never found an answer to this particular issue, either.
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05 Nov 2010   #6

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

You need to leave Autoplay enabled and use it's settings to control the default action, as greyoldchief mentioned.
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06 Nov 2010   #7

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

Tbird761 asked how to make Open the default action. Autoplay from Control Panel allows you to do this, see the picture below.

Set default action for CD/DVD/BD/Etc-autoplay.jpg

It doesn't seem to change the Bolded action in the right click Context Menu though.

This worked for XP, may still work for Vista and Win 7: Search Companion Starts If You Double-Click a Folder


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07 Nov 2010   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Yes, autoplay is unrelated. Setting the default autoplay action has no impact on the default double click action, only that which happens automatically when a disc is inserted. These are very different problems. Autoplay is not the answer, but many people trying to help on various forums have made that same mistake.
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18 Nov 2010   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Sorry to join this discussion late, but I just ran across this thread while looking for the same information. Since I couldn't find any answers on the internet, I did some trial and error in my Windows 7 Registry and quickly found a solution.

For data discs, such as game DVDs, my default has always been "Open" without any registry edits. If I recall correctly, I made that change through the Autorun dialog, as Ztruker suggested, but it didn't work for movie discs. To make "Open" the default for movie DVDs and BDs, follow the instructions below.

First, I give everyone the standard disclaimer that editing the Windows Registry carries the risk of damaging your Windows installation, so proceed with caution if you decide to make these changes.

Open your Registry Editor by pressing the "Windows" key + "R", and then typing "Regedit" (without quotes) in the "Run" window.

Open "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT", then scroll down until you find "DVD". Open that key and click on the key labeled "shell".

In the right pane you will see an entry titled "Default", which probably has a value like "Play" or "PlayWithPowerDVD". Double-click on "Default" and change the value to "Open" (without quotes).

This seemed to affect my Blu-ray discs as well, but there is also a "BluRay" key in "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT". For good measure, I made the same change to the "shell" key there as well. I could not find any key for "CD", so the above two changes should be enough.

The changes take effect immediately, so right click on your DVD drive to test it. It worked like a charm for me.

This fix took me all of ten minutes to find and test, so it's entirely possible that I'm missing a few cases where that annoying "Play" default will still show up. If anybody finds anything, let me know.

Good luck!
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18 Nov 2010   #10

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by shoelessinsight View Post
Sorry to join this discussion late, but I just ran across this thread while looking for the same information. Since I couldn't find any answers on the internet, I did some trial and error in my Windows 7 Registry and quickly found a solution.

For data discs, such as game DVDs, my default has always been "Open" without any registry edits. If I recall correctly, I made that change through the Autorun dialog, as Ztruker suggested, but it didn't work for movie discs. To make "Open" the default for movie DVDs and BDs, follow the instructions below.

First, I give everyone the standard disclaimer that editing the Windows Registry carries the risk of damaging your Windows installation, so proceed with caution if you decide to make these changes.

Open your Registry Editor by pressing the "Windows" key + "R", and then typing "Regedit" (without quotes) in the "Run" window.

Open "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT", then scroll down until you find "DVD". Open that key and click on the key labeled "shell".

In the right pane you will see an entry titled "Default", which probably has a value like "Play" or "PlayWithPowerDVD". Double-click on "Default" and change the value to "Open" (without quotes).

This seemed to affect my Blu-ray discs as well, but there is also a "BluRay" key in "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT". For good measure, I made the same change to the "shell" key there as well. I could not find any key for "CD", so the above two changes should be enough.

The changes take effect immediately, so right click on your DVD drive to test it. It worked like a charm for me.

This fix took me all of ten minutes to find and test, so it's entirely possible that I'm missing a few cases where that annoying "Play" default will still show up. If anybody finds anything, let me know.

Good luck!
We have a winner! Someone who finally took the time to read the posts. I'd looked in the registry before, but I didn't think to look in the classes node since that's normally for file associations instead of devices. I was crawling all through HKLM instead.

Short version for future readers: Run the attached reg (after you view it to make sure I'm not including bad stuff...you should ALWAYS check!).


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File Type: reg DVD.reg (168 Bytes, 168 views)
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