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post #61 of 78
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Originally Posted by joeliuscaesarus View Post

when i run "Media Center Studio.exe" i get a media center studio has stopped working error message. it doesnt actually manage to open.

Same here. Running Windows 8.
post #62 of 78
Talk about digging up a thread from the crypt.

This is probably another reason to run your HTPC on Win7.
post #63 of 78
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Originally Posted by Sammy2 View Post

Talk about digging up a thread from the crypt.

This is probably another reason to run your HTPC on Win7.

But my rig is so much more than an HTPC!
http://www.overclock.net/t/1363969/liquid-cooled-nes-pc

Besides, what good would my touchscreen monitor be on win7? wink.gif

I tried out MCE Reset Toolbox again. I must have downloaded an older version the first time I tried it. Works great!
http://vistademon.wordpress.com/windows-8/
post #64 of 78
How can you enjoy watching a movie (or even sending an email) on a screen with fingerprints on it? Maybe it is just me but I slap the dirty paws that get withing 6 inches of my monitor and the only time I touch it or my HDTV is to clean the dust off it with screen cleaner; even then I don't actually "touch" it.

So the new download works now? That's good.
post #65 of 78
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Originally Posted by etttescott View Post

But my rig is so much more than an HTPC!
http://www.overclock.net/t/1363969/liquid-cooled-nes-pc

Besides, what good would my touchscreen monitor be on win7? wink.gif

I tried out MCE Reset Toolbox again. I must have downloaded an older version the first time I tried it. Works great!
http://vistademon.wordpress.com/windows-8/

Just tried this out myself, and yes, works just like MCS. BUT, it says it will stop working and return to stock Windows 8 MC after free trial. Guess I could pay the 5 pounds - probably $12 dollars or so? Any other solutions?
post #66 of 78
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Originally Posted by sbdman View Post

Just tried this out myself, and yes, works just like MCS. BUT, it says it will stop working and return to stock Windows 8 MC after free trial. Guess I could pay the 5 pounds - probably $12 dollars or so? Any other solutions?

5 pounds is $7.77 USD.
post #67 of 78
Tried the register, said to pay 10 to paypal. $10, or 10 pounds, not the question, and, yes I know how to google pounds to dollars, Still looking for a free version like MSC had and doesn't work in Windows 8.
post #68 of 78
I paid for MCE Reset Toolbox. It was worth it for what it does and works great in my Win8 install. Please report back when you find a free alternative. I feel that the custom channel backup and restore alone was worth the money which MSC didn't do in the first place.
post #69 of 78
Guess you were lucky at half price. Reset toolbox is now £10.00, so I guess it's more like $15.52. Don't need the backup - MCS taught me to do it over and over with Windows updates.

Yes, I'll keep looking. The alternative is stock media center with a lot of extra up, down, left and right to get where your going.
post #70 of 78
I'm talking about custom guide backup. Where you use a cablecard and have 800 channels listed in your guide and you delete 650 crap ones and reorder them the way you would like. Then MCE Reset Toolbox will back up your changes and let you restore the ~150 channels if needed.
post #71 of 78
Here's an option for channel backup - http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/24631/backup-your-windows-7-media-center-settings-with-mcbackup/ Not sure if it works on Win 8. I've tried MCE Reset Toolbox and although it works well, MCS provides the theme and menu functions that I need for free, and mcbackup the free backup. That makes it hard to justify the ~$15 USD price for MCE toolbox.
post #72 of 78
I looked but it does not appear any of these or other programs can modify the WMC7 guide to display more hours at a time, for example 3 hours. Did I miss that feature or can the guide be extended?
post #73 of 78
Any of you guys hacking or playing around with MB3 Classic in much the same way ? Still doing this stuff on WMC ?

What's the "new" method for changing the look of MB classic ?
post #74 of 78
I use MC Reset Toolbox to cleab up the 8MC menu, only problem is every time MB Classic updates itself it resets the changes I have made to its entry point. wink.gif
post #75 of 78
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

Any of you guys hacking or playing around with MB3 Classic in much the same way ? Still doing this stuff on WMC ?

What's the "new" method for changing the look of MB classic ?

When I started looking into upgrading from MB 2.x I was told that the new version doesnt create WMC entry points. That makes it a nonstarter for me, since I like going from the default WMC interface directly into my movie or game libraries. I have the MB home screen completely hidden.
post #76 of 78
As the only function of WMC that I use is the Live/Recorded TV I really don't need an entry point into a specific area of MB3, what I need is an entry point from MB3 into Live and Recorded TV in WMC. I think that MB Theater will get there but right now it just launches WMC at the start menu strip. Would you reconsider if it worked that way, with entry points into WMC from MBT?
post #77 of 78
I'm just opposed to having to leave the software at all - thats why I don't use an external player. It isn't clean enough for me and I could never get rid of the taskbar completely when I tried doing it.

I do have TMT5 for random bluray discs (it is a quasi plug in - it still operates via the Extensibility Host) and I run my VCR through my PC too because I'm a weirdo (that requires launching Catalyst Media Center). But those are rare cases.

I was thinking about the future. I'd like to set up a projector in the next 2 years and I'm thinking that system will back both WMC and MBT on it. If I'm having company for a football game I'll run WMC. If its movie night then maybe MBT to take advantage of some of the madvr stuff.
post #78 of 78
I have never had a problem with the windows task bar going away but it does momentarily pop up when loading MB / MBC as I use first position on the taskbar mapped to Win +1 in the harmony software. Other than that I never see it in WMC or in MPC-HC. For the simplicity of this set up I don't worry about it much because I could do a registry hack to do this too, I just don't.

I have a MediaBrowser button as well as a LiveTV and RecordedTV button on my harmony so I jump from MB to those readily as well as from say LiveTV to MB with the push of one button on the remote. The rest of WMC besides these two things is pretty much worthless to me so I think that what I do is as convenient as having entry points.

I also think that eventually MBT will actually have entry points into these specific areas of WMC so that MBT becomes your front end. I am going to put in a feature request on the MB3 forums for just this functionality.


BTW, thanks and gratitude for your input on fixing the over scan and margin issues the other day.. That worked like a charm.
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