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XP Media Center 2008 by ricktendo64 XP Media Center 2008 by ricktendo64
This is for XP Media Center Edition 2005 with Update Rollup 2.

Instructions:
- Download (duh :P )
- Rename XP_Media_Center_2008_by_ricktendo64.dll to ehres.dll
- Browse to "%WinDir%\ehome"
- Rename ehres.dll to ehres.bak
- Replace with new file
- nJoy a Media Center on XP just like Vistas ;)

Used original resources from Vista sp1 with MCE TV Pack

Includes:
- Sounds
- Icons
- New Startup Animation

BTW, how I got the "Green Button", Play controls & other buttons and images to their proper locations & proportions was by editing COMMONSTYLES.XML (a HUGE! thanks to bober for figuring this out.)

If you dont have XP MCE 2005 and you use nLite here is a addon that will convert XP Pro into MCE [link]
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:iconholyguyz:
Holyguyz Featured By Owner May 10, 2010
Hi,

error occurs after replace ehres.dll

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eshell.exe - Common Language Runtime Debugging Services

Process id=0xb74 (2932). Thread id=0x998 (2456)
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ricktendo64 Featured By Owner May 10, 2010
Did you apply .reg?
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:iconzaqheartcore:
Zaqheartcore Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow love it thank you ever so much
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:iconricktendo64:
ricktendo64 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009
I have a much better/more updated one with more vista/7 goodness, will see if I have the time and will updload it later
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:iconzaqheartcore:
Zaqheartcore Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
0_0 umm yeah WANT IT im putting your old one in a shot right now! Love it. UPLOADDD lol
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:iconricktendo64:
ricktendo64 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009
I was wondering if you could test it for me and take some screenshots, I can only do the Spanish ones would you be so kind as to take some screenshots for the English version?

Here is the updated files [link]

New fonts
New Startup Sound (Windows 7)
Taskbar Icon now patched
New Strings
More resources edited
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Zaqheartcore Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
sure can
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878952 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OK, ricktendo64 I have XP Pro, I followed the link you gave in the comment section and thus downloaded the 165MB File that can help me get a Media Centre In XP Pro. But How to install? Can you help? Do you have any idea?

There was a zip file inside the zip file I downloaded named as MEDIACTR.CAB I unzippeed those contents and found a Media Centre file with a icon of Media Centre on it. I opened it and it said that Media centre Only Works on Windows Media centre Edition. Please help?
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ricktendo64 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
You have to copy your XPCD to your harddrive and slipstream it into there

You have to/could integrate other stuff also like all the xp updates along with IE7 and WMP11, also you have to integrate .net framework for the media center to work
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878952 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I still cannot understand much...you really have to tell me in a leemans language. I have IE8 & WMP 11. My System is fully updated. You just need to explain me the part in which you said: "You have to copy your XPCD to your harddrive and slipstream it into there"

Oh! yes, I have all the .net frameworks...1.0,1.1,2.0,3.0,3.1....
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AMIRSYAHRANI Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008
All done. I cant also wait for the ehshell.exe implementation. cheers!
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AMIRSYAHRANI Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008
Thx alot for new ehres.dll. Done and Wish U luck Bro
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:iconamirsyahrani:
AMIRSYAHRANI Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008
Sorry it's not completed/finished yet to release, but you can see little part of the screenshot its behind ''WMP Brillliant skin'' on Wincert (lol i just copied the ehres.dll without finishing it, but i have also hacked ehshell.exe and some MC files to give Vista icon on taskbar and title ''Windows Media Center'' like Vista instead of ''Media Center'' also tooltip and comment - i have also change ''My Documents'' to only ''Documents'' and so on. Please see there). It will be part of my WMC lite installer if finished. But i still prefer your skin Rick especially your cool Vista back button layout in your skin and overlayed background (really looks like the original). Congrats Rick since this is the best Xp MCE skin that i've ever seen! Seriously
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ricktendo64 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008
OMG ehshel.exe I want it :)

Thats a hard one to do

BTW add me to messenger I have a updated english ehres with a new Now Playing bg (thanks to fediafedia) and a few new glass images
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:iconamirsyahrani:
AMIRSYAHRANI Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
Awesome work again Rick! Keep it up! Btw i have also made my own MCE skin, but yours seems awesome! Thx alot for sharing

- Amirz (Wincert/WinMatrix)
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:iconricktendo64:
ricktendo64 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
Where? I would love to see your mce skin
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:iconorbit30:
orbit30 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
Rick its a pleasure, anything to help a friend.. :)
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:iconorbit30:
orbit30 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
Hey rick nice :) get in touch bro i need to know?
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:iconricktendo64:
ricktendo64 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
Thank you orbit I would really love it :worship:

Time is not the essene :)

Take your time my friend and Thank You
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:iconloonyinmate:
LoonyInmate Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
Hey! Looks like you've finally decided to make something other than an devID :D
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:iconricktendo64:
ricktendo64 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
LOL I suck at drawing and everything here they do on dA :P
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:iconpeterrollar:
PeterRollar Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really great.
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Picassa243 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
This is awesome work rick! Ill try this on XP, though ive upgraded to Vista now.
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ricktendo64 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
Thanks picassa
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:iconfediafedia:
fediaFedia Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Awesome work rick! I never thought the items could be so nicely aligned by editing that XML.
btw I think making nice buttons on the top right would be also possible
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:iconricktendo64:
ricktendo64 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
Close, Min, Max buttons?

These already have the PNG's from Vista and if you are talking about making them bigger I have tried...for some reason they cant be made bigger
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fediaFedia Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
I see, I tried myself and it didn't work.
I've been messing around with the Audio Now playing screen: [link] Do you think it's possible to tamper with text positions there?
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:iconricktendo64:
ricktendo64 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
I have been planning on changing/adding some new fonts, because the Vista media center now uses a "Light" font (allot thinner)

I will keep my eye open for the "now playing" text, there are allot of "Now Playing" XML's...Here is a screenshot from Vista just in case [link]

BTW there are some green resources in RCData still that I dont think fit, if you could have a look at them maybe you can update them?

I have no photo manipulation skill, here are the green files:
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fediaFedia Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Have you tried myThemesMCE? It can edit fonts, at least i think so.
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:iconricktendo64:
ricktendo64 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
Well I dont want to use a 3rd party program, the font styles are stored in the XML's

I wish I had some resources like this [link] I will install myThemesMCE and see if I can extract some (I sent a Note to the fella but have not heard back)
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fediaFedia Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
nevermind, [link]
I managed to convert all fonts to Media Center SegoeUI, SegoeUI light and SegoeUI Semibold. Also the new start text on the left is now a PNG image with gradients. I poked around the xml and managed to add custom background type for the now playing screen, I'll get a background with nice stripes soon.

But your orb got deformed again, gonna look for a way to fix this.

Oh and by the way - this is a standalone ehres.dll
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:iconfediafedia:
fediaFedia Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Hey get on msn, I have something interesting to show you
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:iconricktendo64:
ricktendo64 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
LOL its cool ey, so easy to mod and make look like Vista

BTW I did manage to extract some better "non green" folder [link] and tile [link] bg using mnThemesMCE and that prev mce 2007 skin I showed you above
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amininzeck Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
That's awesome ! :thumbsup: :+fav:

Visit my :gallery: : [link] :iconamininzeck:
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JurgenDoe Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's about time you post something here too :thumbsup:
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:iconricktendo64:
ricktendo64 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
Thank you :worship:
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:iconjurgendoe:
JurgenDoe Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Get started you lazy guy you :lmao:
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TSR-Pr Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008
Hey, this is awesome! :+fav: :thumbsup:!
Shame I dont have MCE.... ;)
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:iconricktendo64:
ricktendo64 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
If you have XP I have a addon that you can integrate into yur CD that will turn it into media center ed
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TSR-Pr Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
Cool, will you send me a note about this please? And thanks. :)
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