Hidden Switches to start Windows Media Center in Windows 7

Microsoft has included several hidden switches in Windows 7, to start up the Windows Media Center (MCE). You may simply create a desktop shortcut using them. Changing the way ehshell.exe launches can allow you to disable it upon startup.

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Switches to start Windows Media Center

/nostartupanimation   – Stops startup sound & Windows Media Center logo “pebble” going off into the distance
/noshutdownui  – Removes the “shutdown” item from the tasks menu
/mediamode   – Starts in media only mode (no close/minimize/maximize options in top right corner)
/widescreen   – Start in widescreen mode, even on 4:3 display (windowed only)
/nochrome   – Display windowed mode Media Center but without the window chrome
/playallmusic  – Plays all your music instantly

/playfavmusic  – Plays all your favorite music
/playfavslideshow  -Plays your favorite slideshows only
/playfavslideshowwithmusic  – Plays your favorite slideshow with music
/playslideshow  – Plays all slideshows
/playslideshowwithmusic   – Plays all slideshows with music
/screensaver   – Starts the Media Center screensaver
/configuress    –  Starts Media Center at the “configure screensaver” screen

Hope this helps!

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