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Creating a Digital Home Entertainment System with Windows Media Center by Michael Miller

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Chapter 17. Customizing Windows XP Media Center Edition

If you’re a longtime Windows user, you’re used to totally personalizing the desktop environment. With Windows XP, you can customize just about any onscreen element—the desktop wallpaper, screen colors, icons, sounds, you name it. With Windows Media Center, however, not so much.

It’s not that you can’t customize anything about Media Center, it’s just that Microsoft designed the Media Center interface to give a uniformly satisfying experience for anyone viewing it from 10 feet away. That means standardizing most of the operation and onscreen elements, which takes away your ability to customize those elements.

That said, there are some elements of Media Center that can be customized, but not ...

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