Increase The Number of Rows In Windows 7 Media Center EPG

Windows 7 Media Center is probably the best all-round media center available, beating other solutions hands down and with a few easy tweaks it can be made even better.   One of the limitations of W7MC is that the TV EPG only displays details for 7 channels at a time – scandalous for users like myself with 50″+ plasma TVs.

With a few quick tweaks it is possible to increase the number of channels displayed to 10:

grey Increase The Number of Rows In Windows 7 Media Center EPG

To Increase the number of channels in Windows 7 Media Center’s EPG:

  1. Close Windows Media Center
  2. Install the Take Ownership registry file
  3. Open Windows Explorer and navigate to C:\Windows\ehome and find Microsoft.MediaCenter.Shell.dll,  Right-click on the file and click ’Take Ownership’
  4. Copy Microsoft.MediaCenter.Shell.dll to a temp directory and put this patch in the same directory
  5. Run the patch (you may need to take ownership of the Microsoft.MediaCenter.Shell.dll in the temp directory)
  6. copy the new version of Microsoft.MediaCenter.Shell.dll created by the patch to C:\Windows\ehome

You now should have extra rows displaying in W7MC.

Source: Windows 7 News & Tipshack7mc

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9 Responses to Increase The Number of Rows In Windows 7 Media Center EPG

  1. Fez June 29, 2010 at 3:35 pm #

    Followed the instructions to a ‘t’ but no joy – still 7 channels in my epg. Any ideas. Windows 7 – 32bit, all patched and up to date.

  2. Terry July 5, 2010 at 5:18 pm #

    same here. Thanks for getting my hopes up! :(

  3. jhop July 16, 2010 at 12:46 pm #

    win7 64bit didn’t work…

  4. Jhopkins August 3, 2010 at 1:53 pm #

    Is anyone checking this thing? I have tried the patch a number of times on Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit with no luck…

  5. Vince086 August 9, 2010 at 12:42 pm #

    Same here, no luck. It moved the current ones up a bit so that there is space for the other 3 but they do not appear.

  6. punk'ed September 29, 2010 at 1:39 pm #

    This patch didn’t work – please remove this tutorial

  7. nudder September 20, 2011 at 6:15 pm #

    Worked just fine.  Win 7 64 bit.

  8. Eobf737 December 13, 2011 at 4:08 pm #

    Didn’t work for me, Win 7 64 bit.

  9. Everton Blair May 11, 2011 at 6:28 am #

    hack7mc is credited

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