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Windows 7: Windows Media Center - Recorded TV - Create Shortcut



Windows Media Center - Recorded TV - Create Shortcut

How to Create a Shortcut that Opens Directly to "Recorded TV" in Windows Media Center
Published by Brink
19 Nov 2011
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How to Create a Shortcut that Opens Directly to "Recorded TV" in Windows Media Center

information   Information
This will show you how to download or create a shortcut that will open directly to the Recorded TV library in Windows Media Center in Windows.

Note   Note
Windows Media Center is not available in Windows 7 Starter and Windows 7 Home Basic editions.

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



Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise will not have Add features to Windows 8/8.1 available since there are not any features available to add in that edition.

Windows Media Center is available as an economical “media pack” add-on to your installed and activated Windows 8/8.1 Pro.

If you have Windows 8 Pro installed, then you can add Windows Media Center by buying the Windows 8 Media Center Pack.

If you have Windows 8.1 Pro installed, then you can add Windows Media Center by buying the Windows 8.1 Media Center Pack.

If you have Windows 8 installed, then you will need to buy the Windows 8 Pro Pack to have Media Center added and all the features of Windows 8 Pro.

If you have Windows 8.1 installed, then you will need to buy the Windows 8.1 Pro Pack to have Media Center added and all the features of Windows 8.1 Pro.

See: How to Add "Windows Media Center" to Windows 8 and 8.1


EXAMPLE: Recorded TV in Windows Media Center
Windows Media Center - Recorded TV - Create Shortcut-recorded-tv.jpg



OPTION ONE
To Download the "Media Center - Recorded TV" Shortcut

NOTE: If you would like a version of this shortcut that opens Windows Media Center in full screen, then see OPTION TWO below instead.
1. Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Media_Center-Music_Recorded_TV.zip
download
2. Save the .zip file to the desktop.

3. Open the .zip file and extract the Media Center - Recorded TV shortcut to the desktop.

4. Right click on the Media Center - Recorded TV shortcut, and click on Properties, General tab, and on the Unblock button.
NOTE: If you do not have a Unblock button under the General tab, then the shortcut is already unblocked and you can continue on to step 5.

5. In Vista and Windows 7, you can now Pin to Taskbar (Windows 7 only) or Pin to Start Menu, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.

6. In Windows 8 and 8.1, you can Pin to Taskbar on desktop, Pin to Start screen, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.

7. When done, you can delete the downloaded .zip file on the desktop if you like, or save it to use again.



OPTION TWO
To Manually Create the "Media Center - Recorded TV" Shortcut
1. Right click on a empty area on desktop, and click on New and Shortcut.

2. Copy and paste either location below into the location area, and click on the Next button. (see screenshot below)
Code:
%SystemRoot%\ehome\ehshell.exe /nostartupanimation /homepage:RecordedTV.BrowsePage.xml /PushStartPage:True
OR

(To open in full screen)
%SystemRoot%\ehome\ehshell.exe /directmedia:TV

Name:  Step1.jpg
Views: 665
Size:  93.6 KB
3. Type Media Center - Recorded TV for the name, and click on the Finish button. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: You can name this anything you would like though.
Name:  Step2.jpg
Views: 663
Size:  71.5 KB
4. In Vista and Windows 7, you can now Pin to Taskbar (Windows 7 only) or Pin to Start Menu, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.

5. In Windows 8 and 8.1, you can Pin to Taskbar on desktop, Pin to Start screen, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.
That's it,
Shawn



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08 Dec 2011   #1
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition
 
 

How about adding a tut on a shortcut for Movies??? <--- probably most used one!

%SystemRoot%\ehome\ehshell.exe /nostartupanimation /directmedia:movies /PushStartPage:True

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08 Dec 2011   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Darryl,

Thank you. Did you need to have a Movies library already setup for it to work properly?
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08 Dec 2011   #3
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Darryl,

Thank you. Did you need to have a Movies library already setup for it to work properly?
I honestly cant say as Ive had Movies setup in WMC forever!
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09 Dec 2011   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Darryl,

I couldn't get Movies to work reliably for me. If I opened say Sports, closed Media Center, and clicked on the Movies shortcut, it would still open to Sports instead of Movies.

Windows Media Center - Recorded TV - Create Shortcut-movies.jpg

Windows Media Center - Recorded TV - Create Shortcut-sports.jpg


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