Automatically Start Windows 7 Media Center in Live TV Mode

Do you use Windows Media Center primarily to watch Live TV?  If so, you may want to avoid a few clicks or keyboard strokes and automatically start Media Center in Live TV mode.

If you use a Media Center remote, you can always start in Live TV mode by pressing the Live TV button. If you don’t have a remote, here’s a quick switch you can use to accomplish the task. If you launch Media Center from a desktop icon, right click on the icon, choose Properties, and click on the Shortcut tab at the top.

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In the Target box, you should see %windir%\ehome\ehshell.exe. Leave a space after exe and type “/mcesuperbar://tv?live=true”

The final string should now read:

%windir%\ehome\ehshell.exe “/mcesuperbar://tv?live=true”

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Click “OK.”

If you open Windows Media Center from the Start Menu instead of the desktop, you will need to add the switch there.  Click Start > All Programs, then right-click on Windows Media Center and choose Properties

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Then and add the same switch in the Target text box on the Shortcut tab.

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That’s it! Media Center will now open directly in Live TV mode on your last viewed channel.

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If you use WMC mainly to watch live TV, this is a cool trick that will open it automatically saving you some clicks.

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.