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Windows 7: Windows Media Center - Change Background

Windows Media Center - Change Background

How to Change Windows 7 Media Center Background
Published by rsvr85
06 Aug 2009
Default Windows Media Center - Change Background

How to Change Windows 7 Media Center Background

information   Information
If you're bored of Windows default WMC background, there is a way of changing it!

Windows Media Center is not available in the Windows 7 Starter and Windows 7 Home Basic editions.
Note   Note
Please make a backup copy of ehres.dll

The N and KN editions of Windows 7 have all the features that normally come with each individual Windows 7 edition, except for Windows Media Player 12 and related programs, such as Windows Media Center or Windows DVD Maker.

The N editions of Windows 7 allow you to choose your own media player and software required to manage and play CDs, DVDs, and other digital media files. If you choose to use Windows Media Player 12, downloading it, along with related software, is free.
Download Media Feature Pack for Windows 7 N with Service Pack 1 and Windows 7 KN with Service Pack 1 (KB968211) from Official Microsoft Download Center

This tip is surprisingly easy to pull-off too!!

1. First up you'll need to take ownership of ehres.dll located @ A:\Windows\ehome.

2. Make a copy of ehres.dll on the desktop and name it ehres BACKUP.dll

3. Download restorator 2007, run the program and use it to open ehres.dll (A:\Windows\ehome)

4. Once you have ehres.dll open in the left hand pane, navigate to; RCData\COMMON.ANIMATED.BACKGROUND.PNG

5. Right click on COMMON.ANIMATED.BACKGROUND.PNG and go to extract...>extract as "COMMON.ANIMATED.BACKGROUND.PNG"

Save the .png to the desktop and name it common.animated.background.png

6. Right click again but this time go to Assign...>Assign To...

Choose your preferred background (must be .png) any resolution is OK.

7. Save ehres.dll and close restorator.

8. Create a new folder on the desktop named WMC Backup, put the ehres BACKUP.dll and common.animated.background.png into it, store it somewhere safe!

Open up WMC to see your new background.

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16 Aug 2009   #1

Windows 7

lovely...thanks bro.

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17 Aug 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

You're welcome onlytanmoy
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11 Jun 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

i already know this trick really but helpful for beginners.
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