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Windows Media Center - Change Media Browser Icon

How to Change the Default Windows 7 Media Center Media Browser Icon
Published by rsvr85
06 Aug 2009
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How to Change the Default Windows 7 Media Center Media Browser Icon

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This is a quick one for those of you who hate Media Browsers Icon in the main menu.

Windows Media Center is not available in the Windows 7 Starter and Windows 7 Home Basic editions.
Note   Note
Please make sure to create 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 is if you'd like the default movie icon back to tie in with your pictures and music etc.

1.By now you should have a copy of restorator 2007, if not, download and install the free trial.

2.Next up is to find ehres.dll located at A:\Windows\ehome, when you have found it take ownership of it, make a copy of it on the desktop and rename it ehres BACKUP.dll (if you've previously made a backup of ehres.dll don't bother!)

3.Next is to open ehres.dll with restorator, in the left hand pane navigate to RCData\STARTMENU.QUICKLINK.MOVIES.FOCUS.PNG, you should have the same icon as below.

4.Next, is to right click on STARTMENU.QUICKLINK.MOVIES.FOCUS.PNG, go to Extract... > Extract as "STARTMENU.QUICKLINK.MOVIES.FOCUS.PNG" and save the image to desktop.

5.Now we have our default movie image extracted and saved to desktop, navigate to A:\Program Files\MediaBrowser\MediaBrowser
Locate the PNG image called Application and rename it Application BACKUP. Drag the extracted default WMC movie icon from the desktop and into A:\Program Files\MediaBrowser\MediaBrowser and rename it Application.

6.If you want to remove the default movie strip from WMC and replace it with the Media Browser strip download this zip file and merge the relevant registry entries.

7.Open up WMC go to Media Browser and behold, a good looking icon!

8.If you made a copy of ehres.dll, create a new folder, name it WMC backup put the ehres BACKUP.dll into it and store it safely!!
18 Jan 2011   #1


Might be good to stick the PNG here to download?

here they are:

Apologies if this breaks any rules.

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20 Jan 2012   #2

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)

Thanks! though I have a couple tweaks that some may find useful:

1. Use media Centre Studio. Although discontinued, it allows you to configure WMC to you hearts content. Download here:
2. Here are the pre-extracted active/inactive icons for Movies, Recoded TV, and TV setup for use if you have separate icons for Movies and TV Shows (and a decent looking icon for the configurator): 2shared - download
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