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 Post subject: Change the background in Window 7 Media Center
New postPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2009 3:56 pm 

Change the background in Window 7 Media Center


If you're bored of Windows default WMC background, there is a way of changing it!

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This tip is surprisingly easy to pull-off too!!

1. First up you'll need to take ownership of ehres.dll located @ A:\Windows\ehome.

2. Make a copy of ehres.dll on the desktop and name it ehres BACKUP.dll ;)

3. Download restorator 2007, run the program and use it to open ehres.dll (A:\Windows\ehome)


4. Once you have ehres.dll open in the left hand pane, navigate to; RCData\COMMON.ANIMATED.BACKGROUND.PNG



5. Right click on COMMON.ANIMATED.BACKGROUND.PNG and go to extract...>extract as "COMMON.ANIMATED.BACKGROUND.PNG"


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6. Save the .png to the desktop and name it common.animated.background.png


7. Right click again but this time go to Assign...>Assign To...

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Choose your preferred background (must be .png) any resolution is OK.


8. Save ehres.dlland close restorator.

Create a new folder on the desktop named WMC Backup, put the ehres BACKUP.dll and common.animated.background.png into it, store it somewhere safe!

Open up WMC to see your new background.

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Last edited by Stu on Fri Sep 04, 2009 10:52 am, edited 2 times in total.


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 Post subject: Re: Change the background in Window 7 Media Center
New postPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2009 6:00 pm 

great how-to


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Very nice! Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Change the background in Window 7 Media Center
New postPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2009 4:10 pm 

i downloaded restorator and i changeed my wmc background but when saved it than restorator showed a error that it cann't create ehres.dill file . please help me


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 Post subject: Re: Change the background in Window 7 Media Center
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Take particular note to step 1 of this tutorial, if you have already performed step 1 successfully, you probably need to turn UAC OFF. Reboot and try again.



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New postPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2010 9:47 pm 

Great tutorial, love your work, but I've come across a problem. I open the Ehres file fine, I change the background fine. But when I open my media center the background is still the default. Help.

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New postPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2010 9:11 am 

Hi Playitdead090.

If you followed the above tutorial exactly the there should be no issues.

The only thing i can think of is that you haven't renamed to modified file correctly and Windows is still using the default ehres.dll.

If you send me a link to the image you want to use i will change it and upload a copy of ehres.dll for you to try.



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u r Genius Admin ;)



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I wasn't able to figure this out on my own.. guess it's just 'cause I don't speak the language. I checked out these guys at Selectsourcemedia and they were able to customize EVERYTHING from button styles to backgrounds and everything in between


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