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Media Center Studio is an excellent application that allows you to completely customize the look of your WMC interface including adding and removing buttons and options.


This is just one example of a before and after picture from my blog of what MCS can do to the appearance (edit: apparently must be a blog member to see the pictures):


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The developer for MCS has abandoned the software but thanks to Josh3693, JoshFink and myself we have figured out a way to revitalize this valuable piece of software.


First you will need this file located at my blog ( www.assassinhtpcblog.com )

Zipped Directory


Also if you want a txt file of these instructions I have made them available here.


Next, unzip the file


Make sure you have "show hidden folders" enabled under the folders option in your Start -> Control Panel menu.


Now move the unzipped directory to C:\\users\\*your_user_name*\\Appdata\\local\\Apps\\2.0\\mcst ..tion_e7ba95bf63da1a4e_0000.0000_8295f17bcae6f0ac where "mcst..tion_e7ba95bf63da1a4e_0000.0000_8295f17bcae6f0ac" is the name of the directory that you just unzipped and pasted into that folder.


Finally run the executable : Media Center Studio.exe file.


I have a complete guide on how to use MCS over at my blog as well as 18 themes with instructions on how to use the themes.

www.assassinhtpcblog.com

Welcome back Media Center Studio!!!


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Alternatively daspannerman at the Media Browser forums has created an installer file. I haven't tried this yet but will do so very soon.

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Originally Posted by assassin /forum/post/21085672


Media Center Studio is an excellent application that allows you to completely customize the look of your WMC interface including adding and removing buttons and options.


This is just one example of a before and after picture from my blog of what MCS can do to the appearance (edit: apparently must be a blog member to see the pictures):


Before:



After:



The developer for MCS has abandoned the software but thanks to Josh3693, JoshFink and myself we have figured out a way to revitalize this valuable piece of software.


First you will need this file located at my blog ( www.assassinhtpcblog.com )

Zipped Directory


Also if you want a txt file of these instructions I have made them available here.


Next, unzip the file


Make sure you have "show hidden folders" enabled under the folders option in your Start -> Control Panel menu.


Now move the unzipped directory to C:\\users\\*your_user_name*\\Appdata\\local\\Apps\\2.0\\mcst ..tion_e7ba95bf63da1a4e_0000.0000_8295f17bcae6f0ac where "mcst..tion_e7ba95bf63da1a4e_0000.0000_8295f17bcae6f0ac" is the name of the directory that you just unzipped and pasted into that folder.


Finally run the executable : Media Center Studio.exe file.


I have a complete guide on how to use MCS over at my blog as well as 18 themes with instructions on how to use the themes.

www.assassinhtpcblog.com

Welcome back Media Center Studio!!!


I'm glad to see that this program has been revitalized. I have used it with WMC before to customize the screen but either it didn't work, or WMC kept crashing to the point where I had to reset everything back to default in MCS.
 

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great, i tried a version a couple weeks ago for a customer (been awhile), and found it wasnt modding all that i wanted, as it used to.


Continued developement great!
 

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great, i tried a version a couple weeks ago for a customer (been awhile), and found it wasnt modding all that i wanted, as it used to.


Continued developement great!

As it stands, you still need to apply the McsFix to get full functionality from Media Center Studio.
 

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This program never really seemed to work that great for me. Sometimes it would, sometimes it would cause issues. Sometimes it just wouldn't remove what I wanted to.


Is it stable now?
 

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This program never really seemed to work that great for me. Sometimes it would, sometimes it would cause issues. Sometimes it just wouldn't remove what I wanted to.


Is it stable now?

Theres only one way to find out!


Let us know what you think.
 

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Theres only one way to find out!


Let us know what you think.

Yah I guess thats right, it used to cause me more headaches then its worth. I'll mess with it one of these days.
 

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I'm still able to use it in its current form.

Great to see that it's being picked up though.

If you already have it installed it should still work.


But if you are trying to install it now on a new machine this is the only way to get it to work.
 

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So it no longer installs unless you fake it with existing AppData?


It was bad enough that it would reset during a WMC update.
 

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So it no longer installs unless you fake it with existing AppData?


It was bad enough that it would reset during a WMC update.

The developer abandoned it. That's what happens when you do stuff for free (trust me, I know this firsthand). Eventually you get tired of the hassle and abandon it.


Its a great program. I am glad we firgured out a way to at least get it to work.
 

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Originally Posted by assassin /forum/post/21085672


Media Center Studio is an excellent application that allows you to completely customize the look of your WMC interface including adding and removing buttons and options.


This is just one example of a before and after picture from my blog of what MCS can do to the appearance (edit: apparently must be a blog member to see the pictures):


Before:



After:



The developer for MCS has abandoned the software but thanks to Josh3693, JoshFink and myself we have figured out a way to revitalize this valuable piece of software.


First you will need this file located at my blog ( www.assassinhtpcblog.com )

Zipped Directory


Also if you want a txt file of these instructions I have made them available here.


Next, unzip the file


Make sure you have "show hidden folders" enabled under the folders option in your Start -> Control Panel menu.


Now move the unzipped directory to C:\\users\\*your_user_name*\\Appdata\\local\\Apps\\2.0\\mcst ..tion_e7ba95bf63da1a4e_0000.0000_8295f17bcae6f0ac where "mcst..tion_e7ba95bf63da1a4e_0000.0000_8295f17bcae6f0ac" is the name of the directory that you just unzipped and pasted into that folder.


Finally run the executable : Media Center Studio.exe file.


I have a complete guide on how to use MCS over at my blog as well as 18 themes with instructions on how to use the themes.

www.assassinhtpcblog.com

Welcome back Media Center Studio!!!

You sure it works in the 2.0 directory? I thought it needed to be in the 2.0\\
 

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You sure it works in the 2.0 directory? I thought it needed to be in the 2.0\\

Isn't that what it says in my instructions?
 

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The developer abandoned it. That's what happens when you do stuff for free (trust me, I know this firsthand). Eventually you get tired of the hassle and abandon it.


Its a great program. I am glad we firgured out a way to at least get it to work.

Sad that it was abandoned without the dev releasing the source code... But who knows? Perhaps it hasn't been abandoned and the developer will make a return someday.


Meanwhile, I stumbled across this over at the windows experts forums which looks promising as a replacement for MCS. I have not given it a try yet but plan to before too long. Any here know anything about it?
 

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Sad that it was abandoned without the dev releasing the source code... But who knows? Perhaps it hasn't been abandoned and the developer will make a return someday.


Meanwhile, I stumbled across this over at the windows experts forums which looks promising as a replacement for MCS. I have not given it a try yet but plan to before too long. Any here know anything about it?

Honestly though, maybe I'm in the minority but I usually have zero problems with it. Even on SP1. The only thing i've ever had to do was rename the statresources.dll file (I think that's what it's called). Never anything else.
 

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Just realized that your text file does but the instructions in the first post do not.

I think its the same thing...


From the text file:

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C:\\users\\*your_user_name*\\Appdata\\local\\Apps\\2.0\\*hug e_strin g_of_junk*\\

From the first post:

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Now move the unzipped directory to C:\\users\\*your_user_name*\\Appdata\\local\\Apps\\2.0\\mcst ..tion_ e7ba95bf63da1a4e_0000.0000_8295f17bcae6f0ac where "mcst..tion_e7ba95bf63da1a4e_0000.0000_8295f17bcae6f0ac" is the name of the directory that you just unzipped and pasted into that folder.

I basically just showed the name of the directory file in the first post of this thread whereas I did not post the name of the directory file in the txt file --- instead using *huge_string_of_junk* to denote the name of the file.
 

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Originally Posted by Josh3693 /forum/post/21088502


Sad that it was abandoned without the dev releasing the source code... But who knows? Perhaps it hasn't been abandoned and the developer will make a return someday.


Meanwhile, I stumbled across this over at the windows experts forums which looks promising as a replacement for MCS. I have not given it a try yet but plan to before too long. Any here know anything about it?

Thanks I'm going to give this a try.
 
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