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Increase Skip and Replay Intervals in Windows 7 Media Center

Are you looking for a way to fine tune your skip forward and back intervals in Media Center for Windows 7? Today we show you how to make a couple changes in the registry so you can customize the skip and replay intervals.

For video and recorded TV playback, Media Center has a default skip forward time of 29 seconds and the replay (skip back) time of 7 seconds.  These settings may be fine for some, but you might want to increase those intervals a bit to give yourself a few less clicks when skipping though commercial breaks. Since Microsoft doesn’t provide a setting for this in Media Center, we’re going to have to change the values in the registry.

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Warning: Backing up the registry before making any changes is strongly advised. You can check out our previous article on registry backup, if you’re not already familiar with the process.

To access the Registry, click Start, type “regedit” into the Windows search box, and hit “Enter.” If prompted by the UAC to allow changes, click “Yes.”

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In the Registry Editor browse to HKEY_CURRENT_ USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Media Center\Settings\VideoSettings

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Click once on the VideoSettings key to display the values on the right panel. Find the SkipAheadInterval value on the right panel and double click.

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This will display the Edit DWORD Value window. Click on the Decimal radio button. You should now see 29000 listed under Value data.  The value data is listed in milliseconds, so 29000 milliseconds is 29 seconds.

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To set the skip interval to one minute, change the value to 60000. For two minutes, 120000, etc. Click “OK” when you’ve finished.

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Now, to change the replay interval, scroll up in the right panel to find the InstantReplayInterval value and double-click it.

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Click on the Decimal radio button and once again you will see the value data in milliseconds. Change the value data to your preferred replay interval time in milliseconds and click “OK.”

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Close out of the Registry and you’re done! If your Windows Media Center is currently running, you’ll need to restart it before your changes will take effect.

Andrew is a media center geek with some serious Windows skills. He's never far from a WiFi connection or a great cup of coffee.

  • Published 02/15/10

Comments (5)

  1. Matthew Guay

    Wow, cool tip. I had no idea you could do this! Thanks for sharing!

  2. fdfdvd

    Nice one Thanx Dude

  3. Bakari

    This tweak worked.

    I paused a news show @ 7pm, it was still paused @ 2am.
    Thank you very much :D

  4. pezboy

    Sweet tweak! Works great. Any way to apply this tweak to Xbox360 extender also?

  5. Larry

    This is great information, but I must be stupid – what buttons correspond to these two functions on a Media Center Extender remote? I have HP x280n extenders, but I’ve looked at the manual for the Linksys extender as well and just don’t see what buttons correspond to these.

    PLEASE HELP!

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