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Some useful Media Center registry settings

Sometimes I post things for my own reference since I have a hard time finding them again when I need them.  This is one of those things.  There are some very useful registry settings that are not configurable anywhere in the Media Center interface, but could make or break your user experience if needed.

The registry settings I’m most concerned with deal with overscan.  I have an old Sony projection TV that is fed via S-Video and I get about 10% overscan on it, so any time I rebuild that system or replace the video card, it needs to be configured.  These are the registry settings that help solve it for me:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Media Center\Settings\MCE.PerUserSettings

Value Type Data Description
marginSaved REG_DWORD 1=enable, 0=disable (decimal) Enable or disable overscan
useDefaultOverscanMargins REG_DWORD 1=enable, 0=disable (decimal) Enable or disable default overscan correction values
marginBottom REG_DWORD # of units (decimal) Adjusts units at bottom of screen
marginTop REG_DWORD # of units (decimal) Adjust units at top of screen
marginLeft REG_DWORD # of units (decimal) Adjust units at left of screen
marginRight REG_DWORD # of units (decimal) Adjust units at right of screen

Overscan registry settings

Be certain to right-click MCE.PerUserSettings and export your registry settings before changing any of these values in case you screw things up.  This will allow you to import the original values.

You may also be interested in a few other registry setttings under MCE.PerUserSettings:

Value Type Data Description
enableStartupAnimation REG_DWORD 1=enable, 0=disable (decimal) Enable or disable the Media Center startup animation
enableStartupSound REG_DWORD 1=enable, 0=disable (decimal) Enable or disable the Media Center startup sound

Those two settings will basically put you directly into the start menu once Media Center is launched..I use it for mine to reduce the delay in getting everything resumed.

Sometimes I post things for my own reference since I have a hard time finding them again when I need them.  This is one of those things.  There are some very useful registry settings that are not configurable anywhere in the Media Center interface, but could make or break your user experience if needed.

The registry settings I’m most concerned with deal with overscan.  I have an old Sony projection TV that is fed via S-Video and I get about 10% overscan on it, so any time I rebuild that system or replace the video card, it needs to be configured.  These are the registry settings that help solve it for me:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Media Center\Settings\MCE.PerUserSettings

Value Type Data Description
marginSaved REG_DWORD 1=enable, 0=disable (decimal) Enable or disable overscan
useDefaultOverscanMargins REG_DWORD 1=enable, 0=disable (decimal) Enable or disable default overscan correction values
marginBottom REG_DWORD # of units (decimal) Adjusts units at bottom of screen
marginTop REG_DWORD # of units (decimal) Adjust units at top of screen
marginLeft REG_DWORD # of units (decimal) Adjust units at left of screen
marginRight REG_DWORD # of units (decimal) Adjust units at right of screen

Overscan registry settings

Be certain to right-click MCE.PerUserSettings and export your registry settings before changing any of these values in case you screw things up.  This will allow you to import the original values.

You may also be interested in a few other registry setttings under MCE.PerUserSettings:

Value Type Data Description
enableStartupAnimation REG_DWORD 1=enable, 0=disable (decimal) Enable or disable the Media Center startup animation
enableStartupSound REG_DWORD 1=enable, 0=disable (decimal) Enable or disable the Media Center startup sound

Those two settings will basically put you directly into the start menu once Media Center is launched..I use it for mine to reduce the delay in getting everything resumed.

Source: thehtpc.net

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