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Windows 7: And Media Center Account which logs off on exit.

22 Mar 2010   #1

Windows 7 32-bit
And Media Center Account which logs off on exit.

I am wondering if itīs possible when I create an account which only purpose is to run Media Center. So, I was thinking if I place a shortcut on the startup folder to make it start automatically, but I would like it to log off on exit.

Is that possible? Maybe there is a script to include in the shortcut?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Mar 2010   #2

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A simple two line batch file, add this to the Startup.

Open Notepad, type following lines:
Save it as a bat file, for instance wmc.bat. Remember to choose Save as type: All Files

And Media Center Account which logs off on exit.-allfiles.png

Place the file in the user's Startup folder.

When this user now logs in, WMC is automatically started. When user closes WMC, he / she is automatically logged off.

You can use different startup options if you want to, to start WMC in a specific mode. Some possible options are:
  • /mcesuperbar://tv?live=true
    • No startup animation, goes directly to live TV
  • /nostartupanimation
    • Disables the startup animation
  • /widescreen
    • Force widescreen mode
  • /playfavmusic
    • Play favorite music at startup
  • /playallmusic
    • Play all music at startup
  • /playfavslideshow
    • Play favorite slideshow at startup
  • /playfavslideshowwithmusic
    • Play favorite slideshow with music
  • /playslideshow
    • Play all slideshowsat startup
  • /playslideshowwithmusic
    • Play all slideshows with music
  • /screensaver
    • Start media center in screensaver mode
  • /noshutdownui
    • Removes the shutdown item from Tasks (user can not shut down the computer from WMC > Tasks)

Start WMC in Live TV, logoff when WMC is closed:
%windir%\ehome\ehshell.exe /mcesuperbar://tv?live=true
Start WMC in widescreen mode playing favorite music, no startup animation, logoff when WMC is closed:
%windir%\ehome\ehshell.exe /nostartupanimation /widescreen /playfavmusic
Hope this helps.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Mar 2010   #3

Windows 7 32-bit like a charm.

do you have a similar script that automatically sets display 2 to ON and 1 off, and on exit, 1 to ON and 2 to off?

because if I select the display manually in wmc account, it doesnīt revert back on logoff...which I think is a major bummer.

itīs an ATI video card driver, but I am not usng ATI controls since it wont work, only the normal win screen resolution.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

25 Mar 2010   #4

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I do not know how to change the display from command line. I'll have to ask around.

However, this small utility should do that for you: 12noon :: Display Changer
Download and install, add to your batch file with appropriate switches.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Mar 2010   #5

Windows 7 32-bit

What about cmd line for keyboard input? such as FN + F4? That is the input on the HP models.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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