Want to play DVDs from harddisk in Vista Mediacenter?

When I am traveling home, I spend a lot of time waiting in trains and on the airport. In this time I am looking DVDs on my notebook. I am using Windows Vista Mediacenter for this.
Because the DVD drive consumes a lot of energy, I copy the DVDs to my harddisk (the ones that are not encrypted). That gives me the opportunity to insert a second battery into the DVD drive slot, which extends my battery lifetime to 6-7 hours.

To let Windows Vista Mediacenter display the DVD library, you have to make a registry change:

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionMedia CenterSettingsDvdSettings  –>  Change ShowGallery value to Gallery

Then open your Mediacenter and you can find this:
1-DVDlib

You can add a folder from your harddisk:
2-addmovies1 3-addmovies2 4-addmovies3
5-addmovies4 6-addmovies5

Then you can see the subfolders as entry in the gallery:
7-done

Have fun watching your movies for a loooong time without the battery consuming DVD drive!

Source: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/930526/en-us

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