Spruce up Windows Media Center, Part 1: Change the Color Scheme

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I'll be honest: I've been thinking seriously about cutting bait on my beloved Windows Media Center? My cable provider, Comcast, recently made the switch to all-digital broadcasts, meaning my analog tuners are now worthless. I can tune in only local channels and a handful of others.

Nevertheless, I'm sticking with it for now--in part because I'm holding out for forthcoming CableCard tuners, which will finally give me access to digital and HD channels, and in part because I still like so many other WMC features: photo slideshows, the jukebox, Netflix streaming, and so on.

Consequently, I've been looking into ways to spruce up the place. You may recall a couple months back when I wrote about adding channel logos to the TV guide. That's a nice touch, but there's more you can do to jazz up WMC's interface.

Let's start with the color scheme. The default blue is lovely, but maybe you'd like to try something else? Fortunately, WMC gives you a couple other choices.

To access them, start WMC, navigate to the Settings menu, and then choose General. Now click Visual and Sound Effects and check out the Color scheme section.

As you can see, the current selection is Windows Media Center standard. Your other choices: High contrast white and High contrast black. Not too exciting, I'll grant you, but they do look pretty cool:

Want more? Check back tomorrow to find out how to use a custom background image with Windows Media Center. That really spruces things up.

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