Friday, May 22, 2009

Hide Media Center Menu Strips

A while ago I posted a blog about hiding Media Center Menu Stripes using registry keys. I've had more questions on this and its compatibility with MC7 lately so I went ahead and made a helper app for hiding the menu strips. This does NOT do any resource editing, it is registry based only.

For All Users setting you will need to run the application with administrative rights.

Download: http://www.mikinho.com/wmc/menustrips/HideMediaCenterStrips.exe



Note: In WM7 you can use the native interface for adding or removing custom start menu tiles.

For VMC you can do it via registry keys or use Advent's MC Menu Mender. MC Menu Mender is a resource editor and has many options for customizing VMC but is not MC7 compatible yet.

17 comments:

LV said...

Hi mikinho

Great post and very useful application.
I need to do the same for Windows 7 MC in an application written in C# so I'd really appreciate if you could show me the code of your application.

Thanks in advance

Luis
luisvid (at) gmail.com

mikinho said...

This application is for Windows 7, it will detect MC7 or VMC and show the appropriate menus.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for such a great tool. I apprecite your effort!

Will you be adding the ability for adding Menu Strips with this app in the futur?

mikinho said...

Yes I will be, it was requested earlier on tgb. It is already being tested by a few people and I'll probably publish this weekend.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for developing this app! Any update on the updated version to allow for the addition of menu strips?

Anonymous said...

Any news on the "ability for adding Menu Strips" yet? Would be a great feature...

Anonymous said...

I really great tool, thank you !

Why not the possibility to rename a menu in the next release ? :-)

Anonymous said...

This tool makes it a little bit easier instead of playing in the registry! Thank you!

An addendum:
Meanwhile(?) you can disable completely all menu strips (internal and extra ones) in RC without crashing the shell.

It would be nice if the user created strips could be dynamically detected and offered for deactivation.

BlueFish1104 said...

hi, this is great, just what i need. is there any way to use this app to restrict the menus on an extender? i have managed to setup the start menu just how i want it, now i need to transfer this to the extender user, while keeping the full menus on the main pc.

Thanks in advance

Andy
andy(at)andy-annie.co.uk

BlueFish1104 said...

hi, Thanks with your assistance with my last commect. You mentioned that you have a new version for release, any idea of a time scale?
Thanks

mikinho said...

I've update the app to include updating extender accounts

Anonymous said...

hi mikinho,

the app is very useful along with the registry file to be able to check where and what registry key values to modify for each menu...

just want to ask, where can we find the registry keys, ie. {2139548f-cebe-4d4f-9319-4d4b93fc08f5}, for the application/internal that corresponds to a menu entry? just want to dig and learn more about registry tweaking features...

Mark said...

Hi

I installed this application on Windows 7. The installation finished success (no errors), but no files was created.

Thanks
Mark

Mikinho said...

Hi Mark, it is a stand-alone application. You just download and run. If you want to make changes to All Users make sure to right-click and "Run as Administrator".

See http://mikinho.com/wmc/start-menu-plus/#hide-media-center-menu-strips for more

Dennis said...

what the heck.. I install this (win7 x86) and I can't find the program on my computer anywhere. It's not on my start menu. I check the folder it installed into and the program isn't there (Theres an xml and some other fix.exe thing only). Wheres the actual app!?!?

Mikinho said...

You downloaded the wrong app. There is no installed for Hide Media Center Menu Strips. http://get.mikinho.com/wmc/hidemediacenterstrips.exe

Anonymous said...

I am unable to download the link