I was re-configuring my Windows Media Center the other day (don’t ask) and I wanted to adjust the “skip forward” interval to effectively skip through all the commercials in the average commercial break. As far as I can tell, Microsoft never updated the TweakMCE PowerToy for Windows Vista, but WMC guru Aaron Stebner has an post from a number of years ago that details 35 different registry settings that can be tweaked by using the Registry.
Personally, I think it is really unfortunate that Microsoft hasn’t built these settings into the UI, but then again, there are a lot of things missing from MCE that customers have asked for and Microsoft has ignored, so what else is new?
Speaking of SoftSled, there is a project within the community to build an open source Media Center Extender that will plug into Windows Vista. hey have made a lot of progress, but there is still a lot of work ahead of them. If you’re interested in contributing, check out their CodePlex project.