Article - Posted by: christian On 10-11-2012 @ 18:07 - Updated on: 10-11-2012 @ 18:10
Since Windows 8 is out and the media center pack can be grabbed for free until january 2013. I installed it on my HTPC to give it a try. It's working very nice after a few tweaks.
Everything is the same except it's much faster and some small features have changed. Like starting windows media center when windows starts(the way it was in Windows 7). This feature is gone in Windows 8 media center. For a htpc this is big problem but after a few hours of searching for a solution I finally found one. So here it is:
Install Skip metro suite(this will keep all windows 8 features like metro and doesn't add an old startbutton, it's just needed to boot windows 8 to desktop to start windows media center)
Create a shortcut for windows media center(path: %windir%\ehome\ehshell.exe ).
Put the created shortcut in the startup folder (path: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp (this path can be different for different languages in windows since my windows 8 version is in Dutch))
Just reboot windows 8 and see windows media center booting right on startup
Skip metro suite is needed because without it windows media center will be started behind the metro screen.