Win 8.1 Row 11

Windows 8.1 – how to return to 11 row EPG?
Started By sbdman , Nov 16 2013 07:40 AM

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#1 Windows 8.1 – how to return to 11 row EPG?: post #1 sbdman

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Posted 16 November 2013 – 07:40 AM
So, I just couldn’t help myself, the thought of not having to see that stupid Metro screen with apps, and go directly to desktop overwhelmed me to upgrade.

It took me forever to first overcome the concurrent login problem – this is a htpc, right? You have to do all the dirty work remotely logged in while watching TV on the same box, no? Have to takeown of termsrv.dll, then an icaclc of the same file to my username – oh, the new security!

I’m venting. Anyway, to my question, I tried my “Microsoft.MediaCenter.Shell.dll” from Windows 8, and media center will not boot up!

Has anyone been able to do this if you were as dumb as me to upgrade? Any love for a fellow tweaker?

Maybe a final question for experts – is there a way to go directly to WMC on bootup for the default user (not my remote login) – for a nube like me?

#2 Windows 8.1 – how to return to 11 row EPG?: post #2 garegina
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Posted 16 November 2013 – 04:21 PM
Hi Newbie
Here is a link explaining how to setup a local account in 8.1

Boot to Desktop & Start Media Center
Forcing Windows 8.1 to boot to the desktop is actually really simple, but it’s not easy to find the option. First, go to the desktop, then right-click on the task bar and click Properties. In the Taskbar and Navigation properties dialog that appears go to the Navigation tab. From there all you need to do is click the unnecessarily verbose option “When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start.” Click the OK button to close the dialog. That’s it! Your PC will now boot straight to the desktop.
Step 2 – Launch Windows Media Center on Boot
This process takes a little more effort, but it’s still very simple.
Microsoft hasn’t brought back the option within Windows Media Center to automatically launch, so you’ll need to set it up on your own.

The easiest way I’ve found to do it is to create a shortcut for Media Center, and place it in the Startup folder of the “Start Menu”. You may be thinking, “but the Start Menu doesn’t exist anymore!”

While the Start Menu may be gone, its folder structure remains!

Go to your Start screen and right-click on Windows Media Center. In the app bar, at the bottom of the screen, click on the option “Open file location.”
That will open a File Explorer window right to the Windows Accessories folder.

Copy the shortcut for Windows Media Center.

Now, you’ll notice that you’re in the C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories folder.

Go up one folder level, and then go into the Startup folder (C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp). Paste the Windows Media Center shortcut.

That’s it!

#3 Windows 8.1 – how to return to 11 row EPG?: post #3 Capow2000
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Posted 18 November 2013 – 02:02 AM
My Channel Logo (MC)XL works with Windows 8.1 Media Centre to increase epg rows and even change to 3 hour programming on screen. All it takes is a $5.00 donation to be able to download and takes the stress away from manual hacking.