July 22, 2014

Bringing Back the Welcome Screen in Autodesk Recap / Recap Pro

While I was in Autodesk Recap the other day, I decided that it was time to unlock the Recap Pro version so that I can enable some additional features that I was interested in playing with. I closed down ReCap and re-opened it, only to discover that the Welcome screen was nowhere to be found. I searched all over the interface and could not find any way to bring the Welcome screen back. I finally uninstalled and reinstalled the software and viola, the welcome screen came back. I decided to close the Welcome screen again to see if it would reappear upon launch, however, once I re-opened Recap, the Welcome screen was gone. No way was I going to uninstall and reinstall the software again just to bring the Welcome screen back. Instead, I decided to do a little digging around in the Windows Registry to see if I could find the value for the Welcome screen and surely enough, I did! After setting a value called ForceDisplayWelcome from 0 to 1, the Welcome screen re-appeared. Reinstalling the software was no longer needed, which saved a lot of time and hassle.

Before I run you through the steps of re-enabling the Welcome screen in Recap, I wanted to advise you that you will be playing around in the Windows Registry. Editing the Windows registry can cause your system to become unstable, or worse, unbootable. With that said, editing the Windows registry is at your own risk. If you have never edited the Windows Registry or do not feel comfortable doing so, I highly recommend that you consult your systems administrator for assistance. A quick Google Search on backing up your registry is advised before your proceed with the following steps.

This is what the Recap Welcome screen looks like when you first launch it. As you can see, there is a button to unlock ReCap Pro.

This is what ReCap looks like after closing the Welcome screen. Unfortunately, finding a way to bring the Welcome screen back seems impossible. Until now…

In the Windows Registry Editor, search for the registry string called: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Autodesk\Autodesk ReCap\R1.0\FirstLaunchApplication. Double-Click on the Value called ForceDisplayWelcome.

After you double-click on the ForceDisplayWelcome value, change the Value Data to 1. This will force the Welcome screen to open up next time you launch Recap.

After you relaunch Recap, the welcome screen will reappear. However, once you close it, it will not appear next time you launch Recap. This is because Recap reset the registry value back to 0. You will have to repeat the registry edit process again in order to get the Welcome screen back. Another option that you have is to create a .REG file that you can save to your computer. All you have to do is double-click on the .REG file to automatically change the ForceDisplayWelcome back to 1. To create the .REG file, set the ForceDisplayWelcome to 1 and then right-click on the FirstLaunchApplication. Then click on the Export button.

Once you click the Export button, simply browse to an appropriate location on your computer and save the .REG file. Be sure to note that we exported the Selected Branch value and not the entire contents within the FirstLaunchApplication folder. Once you save the file, you now have a .REG file that you can double-click on and apply to your machine.

Sash Kazeminejad, ACI, LEED AP
AEC Senior Application Specialist
Sash brings proficiency in Autodesk solutions including AutoCAD and Revit Architecture to Ideate customers. His industry experience includes project management, BIM Management, and design for Architectural firms in California, Montana and Oregon. He is LEED accredited professional and is on track to achieve California licensure with Oregon to follow. In his academic life, Sash was awarded a variety of college scholarships, earned a BA in Environmental Design, a MA in Architecture from Montana State University (MSU) and taught Building Information Modeling courses at MSU Gallatin College. As a Revit Architecture Autodesk Certified Instructor, Sash provides Revit Architecture training and support for AEC firms. @sashpdx

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