I was mucking around with VLC setting up an HTTP interface and somehow I've managed to turn off the default GUI - which I believe is the Qt interface. Now when I start VLC I get the process showing up in TaskManager (I'm on Windows 7) but no GUI.

How can I re-enable GUI without an uninstall|install?

I don't want to do this because I want to keep mucking around with it and if I accidentally turn off the GUI again I don't want to have to go through some uninstall|reinstall loop.

I thought it would just be a config file entry somewhere but can't find the file.


Try to reset VLC Media Player's preferences and cache from its menu in Start->All Programs.

You can also do it manually from command prompt (cmd):

  • In command prompt browse to the VLC's installation directory.
  • Type vlc.exe --reset-config to reset preferences and vlc.exe --reset-plugins-cache to reset cache.
  • You can also type all together as vlc.exe --reset-config --reset-plugins-cache.
  • Sure did. Thx a bunch. I had deleted the folder from my start menu and just had the link to the .exe. For once all the other junk served some purpose. :) – rism Feb 7 '12 at 6:43
  • Thats cool.. @rism. Thats all came from your own answer that you submitted first. I checked in my Start and found "C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe" -Iskins as the shortcut to open vlc with other skin. Then checked "Reset" options' shortcut and it is "C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe" --reset-config --reset-plugins-cache vlc://quit. Thats how it worked. Thanks to you too, Dear. :) – user117146 Feb 7 '12 at 6:58

A work around answer is to provide a switch to the executable. i.e.

This runs an interface:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe" -Iskins

This just runs a service:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe"

But I've still no idea where the appropriate config file is. Using the above method i can get back in and set the interface back to default.. but that doesn't alter the switch on the shortcut so it must have a config file somewhere.

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