Customise Windows 7 Media Center (Part 2)
Those of you who followed Part 1 of Customise Windows 7 Media Center thanks for reading. I hope you’ve enjoyed W7MC with Media Browser and have had a good chance at playing around with it to suit your tastes.
For those of you who missed out last time, take a look here to catch up on whats been going on!
Let’s dive straight in and carry on from where we left off.
4a. Change The Genre Icon In MB
This will show you how to add an icon to the genres you see in MB.
All we have to do is mod the ImagesByName folder.
Open up an Explorer Window and navigate to C:\ProgramData\MediaBrowser\ImagesByName.
Create a new folder in ImagesByName called the title of your genre. Put your genre icon into the folder and name it folder.
Do this for all of your genre titles and it’ll make browsing through genres much more pleasing!
5. Hide The Default Movie Strip
Now we’ve got our Media Browser strip on the start up menu. You can hide the default movie strip. It can often be confusing for visitors to your home to know which one to go for. Also, now we have Media Browser, there’s not a real need for it anyway, it’s just cluttering up the start menu, so lets hide it.
Run the Hide Strips program downloaded from Part 1. Make sure you open up under the Per User tab.
Uncheck Movies and what ever else you want, hit Save. Then move across to the All Users tab.
Uncheck the same options as last time. You’ll notice under All Users your custom strip can be seen. Hit Save & Exit when you’re finished.
6. Change Media Browser Icon in Startup Menu
This is a good one for those of you who aren’t too keen on MB’s default icon.
We’re going to change it to the default movie icon that W7MC displays. You can of course change the icon to whatever you like.
First up. Find ehres.dll located at C:\Windows\ehome, when you have found it take ownership of it, make a copy of it on the desktop and rename it ehres BACKUP.dll.
Next is to open ehres.dll with restorator, in the left hand pane navigate to RCData\STARTMENU.QUICKLINK.MOVIES.FOCUS.PNG, you should have the same icon as below.
Next, is to right click on STARTMENU.QUICKLINK.MOVIES.FOCUS.PNG, go to Extract… > Extract as “STARTMENU.QUICKLINK.MOVIES.FOCUS.PNG” and save the image to desktop.
Now we have our default movie image extracted and saved to desktop, navigate to C:\Program Files\MediaBrowser\MediaBrowser
Locate the PNG image called Application and rename it Application BACKUP. Drag the extracted default WMC movie icon from the desktop and into C:\Program Files\MediaBrowser\MediaBrowser and rename it Application.
Open up W7MC and behold your new icon :)
Watch this space for Customise Windows 7 Media Centre (Part 3)…….coming soon only at, www.mintywhite.com!
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