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Automatically start Windows Media Center on live TV


If you are using Windows Media Center to watch TV, why not tell it to immediately open live TV, without displaying the opening animation or menus?

Start by right-clicking the shortcut of Windows Media Center (the one you commonly use: Shortcut on Desktop, Task Bar, Start Menu...) and opt to Properties.

On the tab Shortcut, in Target, the following value is visible:

%windir%\EHOME\ehshell.exe

Position your cursor after it, press Space and paste this line of code, including quotation marks:

“/mcesuperbar://tv?live=true”

Capture d'écran - Propriétés du raccourci Windows Media Center
Screenshot of screen — Windows Media Center shortcut properties

Click on OK.

Run Windows Media Center from the shortcut you just modified to admire the result.

Note that you need to repeat this operation for all your shortcuts.

A reduced click gain, and an improved user experience!

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