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Windows Vista Security: Praxisorientierte Sicherheit für Profis by Marcus Nasarek

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Chapter 25: Mastering Windows Media Center
Selecting the checkbox next to “Start Windows Media Center when Windows starts”
will allow Windows Media Center to open on the desktop display before anything
else opens. This enables you to work with Windows Media Center as the main focal
point of the operating system, and controlling it via a remote control allows you to
use it like you would use your TV.
The last setting available, “Show taskbar notifications,” allows Windows Media Cen-
ter to notify you with issues or settings you need to look at in Windows Media Cen-
ter. Once you have made your desired selections, click or select Save to save the
settings into your profile.
Configuring Visual and Sound Effects
When you click Tasks Settings General Visual and Sound Effects, you’ll see the
Visual and Sound Effects screen shown in Figure 25-15. From this screen, you can
control the visual and sound behavior of Windows Media Center. You can customize
the behaviors of transition animations by selecting the “Use transition animations”
Figure 25-14. Configuring startup and window behavior
Fine-Tuning the Settings for Windows Media Center
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checkbox. Checking the “Play sounds when navigating Windows Media Center”
checkbox allows you to control how sound is used with Windows Media Center. If
you want to hear sounds when you select menus or files, you should leave this set-
ting checked, as it is a default setting.
Selecting the best color scheme for Windows Media Center is simple. Leave the
“Windows Media Center standard” checkbox selected if you do not want to change
the color scheme. If you want a higher-contrast color scheme so that you can view
Windows Media Center better, select either “High contrast white” or “High contrast
black” from the menu.
Additionally, you can change the video background color by selecting the or + sign
available under “Video background color.” This changes the black settings from 100
percent black to different shades of gray. This can help with specific types of eye-
strain. Once you have made your desired selections, select or click the Save button to
update the settings in your profile.
Figure 25-15. Configuring visual and sound effects

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