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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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Open up W7MC and behold your new icon :)

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50 thoughts on “Customise Windows 7 Media Center (Part 2)”

  1. Elo111 says:

    Good guide. I wish I had Windows 7. I hope to win.

  2. Elo111 says:

    Good guide. I wish I had Windows 7. I hope to win.

  3. Elo111 says:

    Good guide. I wish I had Windows 7. I hope to win.

  4. Introducing: rsvr85&md says:

    […] Customise Windows 7 Media Center (Part 2) […]

  5. Flora says:

    Great guide! Very detailed.

  6. Flora says:

    Great guide! Very detailed.

  7. Flora says:

    Great guide! Very detailed.

  8. Flora says:

    Great guide! Very detailed.

  9. Kaveesh Dashora says:

    Great Guide…

  10. Kaveesh Dashora says:

    Great Guide…

  11. Kaveesh Dashora says:

    Great Guide…

  12. snooperz says:

    Customize your media center

  13. snooperz says:

    I love the “Behold you new icon” part. Customizing is cool, gives you computer a personalized look. The gee whiz factor is also nice. I haven’t seen this before, I hope you don’t mind me recommending http://www.thegreenbutton.com for media center tips, but it is a good place for them.

  14. snooperz says:

    Customize your media center

  15. snooperz says:

    I love the “Behold you new icon” part. Customizing is cool, gives you computer a personalized look. The gee whiz factor is also nice. I haven’t seen this before, I hope you don’t mind me recommending http://www.thegreenbutton.com for media center tips, but it is a good place for them.

  16. snooperz says:

    I love the “Behold you new icon” part. Customizing is cool, gives you computer a personalized look. The gee whiz factor is also nice. I haven’t seen this before, I hope you don’t mind me recommending http://www.thegreenbutton.com for media center tips, but it is a good place for them.

  17. snooperz says:

    Customize your media center

  18. rsvr85 says:

    Are you double posting for the W7HP? LOL………i’m not! :D

  19. rsvr85 says:

    Not at all,TGB is a very good place to go for WMC tips. Then again, so is MW!

  20. RSVR85 says:

    Are you double posting for the W7HP? LOL………i’m not! :D

  21. RSVR85 says:

    Not at all,TGB is a very good place to go for WMC tips. Then again, so is MW!

  22. rsvr85 says:

    Not at all,TGB is a very good place to go for WMC tips. Then again, so is MW!

  23. rsvr85 says:

    Are you double posting for the W7HP? LOL………i’m not! :D

  24. Mel says:

    It is good to see that windows has cleaned up the menus a little bit. I remember finding three ways to get to the same place and none of them were straightforward..

  25. Mel says:

    It is good to see that windows has cleaned up the menus a little bit. I remember finding three ways to get to the same place and none of them were straightforward..

  26. Mel says:

    It is good to see that windows has cleaned up the menus a little bit. I remember finding three ways to get to the same place and none of them were straightforward..

  27. Customise Windows 7 Media Cent says:

    […] Update: Part 2 is available here: Customize Windows 7 Media Center (Part 2) […]

  28. Customise Windows 7 Media Cent says:

    […] Here is the original:  Customise Windows 7 Media Center (Part 2) | Windows 7 #8230 […]

  29. Customise Windows 7 Media Cent says:

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  32. Mark McKay says:

    Tell me about it. Vista worse than XP for sure. It’ll be nice to have a little more logic to the organization.

  33. Mark McKay says:

    Tell me about it. Vista worse than XP for sure. It’ll be nice to have a little more logic to the organization.

  34. Mark McKay says:

    Tell me about it. Vista worse than XP for sure. It’ll be nice to have a little more logic to the organization.

  35. Justin Guy says:

    you should also customize the buttons too. please post somthing like that.

  36. Justin Guy says:

    you should also customize the buttons too. please post somthing like that.

  37. Justin Guy says:

    you should also customize the buttons too. please post somthing like that.

  38. calum bett says:

    Hi,

    Quality guide! I’ve been looking for something like this since I started using WMC. By the way where did you get that background from? I can’t find it anywhere. Also how did you get your genres in line with no white borders surrounding the image?

    Cheers.

  39. calum bett says:

    Hi,

    Quality guide! I’ve been looking for something like this since I started using WMC. By the way where did you get that background from? I can’t find it anywhere. Also how did you get your genres in line with no white borders surrounding the image?

    Cheers.

  40. calum bett says:

    Hi,

    Quality guide! I’ve been looking for something like this since I started using WMC. By the way where did you get that background from? I can’t find it anywhere. Also how did you get your genres in line with no white borders surrounding the image?

    Cheers.

  41. calum bett says:

    Hi,

    Quality guide! I’ve been looking for something like this since I started using WMC. By the way where did you get that background from? I can’t find it anywhere. Also how did you get your genres in line with no white borders surrounding the image?

    Cheers.

  42. Steffen Kristensen says:

    Hi
    i have try to follow this guide but i cant get “4a. Change The Genre Icon In MB” to work..

    what can be the problem?

  43. Steffen Kristensen says:

    Hi
    i have try to follow this guide but i cant get “4a. Change The Genre Icon In MB” to work..

    what can be the problem?

  44. Steffen Kristensen says:

    Hi
    i have try to follow this guide but i cant get “4a. Change The Genre Icon In MB” to work..

    what can be the problem?

  45. RSVR85 says:

    Hey Steffen :)
    Please head over to the forums for any issues, we’ll be able to help you better there ;)
    http://forum.mintywhite.com/

  46. RSVR85 says:

    Hey Steffen :)
    Please head over to the forums for any issues, we’ll be able to help you better there ;)
    http://forum.mintywhite.com/

  47. RSVR85 says:

    Hey Steffen :)
    Please head over to the forums for any issues, we’ll be able to help you better there ;)
    http://forum.mintywhite.com/

  48. RSVR85 says:

    Hey Steffen :)
    Please head over to the forums for any issues, we’ll be able to help you better there ;)
    http://forum.mintywhite.com/

  49. kgbboy3009 says:

    Where did you find that wallpaper at the beginning of this post and in Part 1? I went through the entire wallpaper collection and couldn’t find it. If you could please let me know, and thank you for the great guide!

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