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Bypassing Windows Media Foundation in Windows 7 Media Center.

Microsoft Media Foundation is the next generation multimedia platform for Windows that enables developers, consumers, and content providers to embrace the new wave of premium content with enhanced robustness, unparalleled quality, and seamless interoperability. OK, whatever.  It was a decent step forward for Microsoft, but the rest of us were miles ahead in playing back more »

Disable Remote Differential Compression.

Windows Vista and Windows 7 have a new feature called Remote Differential Compression which allows the enabled clients to synchronize their compression techniques with the server in order to reduce the amount of data that crosses the network.  The problem here is that only Windows Vista and Windows 7 use this in the majority of more »

Disable startup sound.

This is a follow-up to the disable startup animation tweak for Media Center. When Media Center starts up, there is a startup animation and sound that plays prior to loading the start menu.  This can be disabled with a simple registry edit.  Open the Windows registry editor (regedit) and browse to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Media Center\Settings\MCE.PerUserSettings Find the more »

Disable startup animation.

Every time Media Center starts, there is a startup animation that takes about 10-15 seconds to complete.  If you would like to skip this animation and launch Media Center immediately to your Start menu, make the following change in your registry. Start regedit and browse to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Media Center\Settings\MCE.PerUserSettings Change the enableStartupAnimation binary value from 1 to more »