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Windows 7: How to possibly remove Media Center? And re-assigning of FN keys.

03 Nov 2011   #11
shadow360

2 copys OEM windows 7 64
 
 

....... given the state of your laptop i am going to start with a repair.

Step 1 Remove remapping programs and restore your keys to there natural state
Step 2 open zune and find the place where you find the shortcut keys / can remap them

step 3 in zune map your fn keys directly to zune "press and hold the fn key and hit the play pause to map that key to play/pause"

Programming speaking its pointless to remap an fn key to anything other then its original state insten in the program remap the key to what you want it to do

Also you should have checked this befor removing WMC but zune and WMC can be linked to function as one program same can be said for WMC and WMP


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05 Nov 2011   #12
Bro

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by shadow360 View Post
....... given the state of your laptop i am going to start with a repair.

Step 1 Remove remapping programs and restore your keys to there natural state
Step 2 open zune and find the place where you find the shortcut keys / can remap them

step 3 in zune map your fn keys directly to zune "press and hold the fn key and hit the play pause to map that key to play/pause"

Programming speaking its pointless to remap an fn key to anything other then its original state insten in the program remap the key to what you want it to do

Also you should have checked this befor removing WMC but zune and WMC can be linked to function as one program same can be said for WMC and WMP
Well, thankfully I didn't remap anything using SharpKeys, so I went ahead and removed it.

Anyway, I'm not sure how to map keys and the like for Zune using Zune; so, if you can tell me how, that would be great, lol.

I had no idea I could have WMC and Zune linked to function as one program. I'll go ahead and put it back on my machine to screw around with it and see if I can figure out how to do that.

UPDATE: Couldn't find how to link Zune up with WMC through either of their settings menus. :c
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05 Nov 2011   #13
Sub Styler

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

OK those utilities were not much help for me, The only success I have had so far is by manually editing the registry, You should make a backup of the registry before you do this. To do so open regedit select "computer" at the root of the tree and export it somewhere nice and safe.

The part of the registry we are looking at is:

"Hkey_Local_Machine\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\AppKey\"

The following details will probably vary from keyboard to keyboard but my "Music" button previously did nothing (well it opened resource hacker but that because this was the default application for opening DLL's) but now it launches my media player winamp!

Under the "subfoder" numbered 16 (may vary for you) it had the string value "association" with the data .cda, this basically tell windows that when this button (related to subfolder 16 in my case the music button) is pressed do whatever you associate with .cda extentions (music cd's) and although winamp is set to handle this, nothing happened.

So i renamed the registry key "Associate" to "ShellExecute" and modified the data from .cda to winamp.exe (if it doesn't work you may need to use the full file-path).

I hope this is what you were looking for, as far as I know this just controls the launch of the application and not the skip, pause etc although winamp already has other keys bound to those functions that I have been using for years and old dogs don't like new tricks.
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06 Nov 2011   #14
Bro

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sub Styler View Post
OK those utilities were not much help for me, The only success I have had so far is by manually editing the registry, You should make a backup of the registry before you do this. To do so open regedit select "computer" at the root of the tree and export it somewhere nice and safe.

The part of the registry we are looking at is:

"Hkey_Local_Machine\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\AppKey\"

The following details will probably vary from keyboard to keyboard but my "Music" button previously did nothing (well it opened resource hacker but that because this was the default application for opening DLL's) but now it launches my media player winamp!

Under the "subfoder" numbered 16 (may vary for you) it had the string value "association" with the data .cda, this basically tell windows that when this button (related to subfolder 16 in my case the music button) is pressed do whatever you associate with .cda extentions (music cd's) and although winamp is set to handle this, nothing happened.

So i renamed the registry key "Associate" to "ShellExecute" and modified the data from .cda to winamp.exe (if it doesn't work you may need to use the full file-path).

I hope this is what you were looking for, as far as I know this just controls the launch of the application and not the skip, pause etc although winamp already has other keys bound to those functions that I have been using for years and old dogs don't like new tricks.
With some variation here and there, I managed to actually get this done for Zune. Like you had stated, not what I was looking for, but boy is this handy. Thanks for the effort, it's greatly appreciated either way!

+1 rep for that great reg hack.
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01 Jul 2012   #15
Adoboy

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 
@Bro

Not to resurrect a dead post, but how did you end up remapping those keys?
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