This article will serve as a central repository for topics that I have written about Windows Media Center Start menu customization in Windows Vista. The techniques described here for customizing the Windows Media Center Start menu are specific to the version of Windows Media Center in Windows Vista. They will not work for previous versions of Windows Media Center and may or may not work for future versions of Windows Media Center.
- Adding strips and tiles to the Windows Media Center Start menu in Windows Vista – http://blogs.msdn.com/astebner/archive/2006/08/04/689085.aspx
- Adding custom tiles to built-in Windows Media Center Start menu strips – http://blogs.msdn.com/astebner/archive/2006/08/07/691649.aspx
- How to control the ordering of tiles in custom strips in Windows Media Center for Windows Vista – http://blogs.msdn.com/astebner/archive/2006/08/22/713468.aspx
- How to control the ordering of custom strips in Windows Media Center for Windows Vista – http://blogs.msdn.com/astebner/archive/2006/10/13/how-to-control-the-ordering-of-custom-strips-in-windows-media-center-for-windows-vista.aspx
- How to author an MSI that orders tiles in a custom strip in Windows Media Center – http://blogs.msdn.com/astebner/archive/2006/08/24/720800.aspx
- Using multiple MSIs to add a custom strip and tiles to the Windows Media Center Start menu – http://blogs.msdn.com/astebner/archive/2006/08/27/727718.aspx
- How images are displayed for custom tiles in the Windows Media Center Start menu – http://blogs.msdn.com/astebner/archive/2006/11/03/mailbag-how-are-icons-displayed-for-custom-tiles-on-the-media-center-start-menu.aspx
- How to create a 64-bit MSI to register a custom strip for 64-bit versions of Windows Vista Media Center – http://blogs.msdn.com/astebner/archive/2007/08/09/4317654.aspx
Many of these topics will be covered in the Windows Media Center SDK for Windows Vista, so I recommend referring to the SDK for additional information.
<update date=”10/22/2008″> Added a link to a post about 64-bit installers to register custom strips on 64-bit versions of Windows Vista Media Center. </update>