Hacking Windows 7 Media Center

Vista4Cast Brings Weather to Windows 7 Media Center

by @ 9:15 am on August 25th, 2009 in plugins, start menu strips with 5 Comments

Vista4Cast bring weather to Media Center Don’t let the name fool you, recent versions of Vista4Cast have added support for Windows 7 Media Center allowing you to get the local weather at a glance. For those looking for an extremely easy way to check the weather from inside Media Center or in need of replacing an old favorite that no longer works in RTM, Vista4Cast has got you covered. Vista4Cast includes options to enable a short three day forecast in your main start menu as well as an extended forecast plugin covering the full week ahead.

To get started you’ll need to register with the Vista4Cast forum to be able to login and view the download thread. Once registered and logged in you’ll find a forum for both 32 and 64-bit version of the program. Download and install the proper version for your system. For those looking for both the three day forecast and the extended forecast you’ll need to install both Vista4Cast and the Extended4Cast plugin.

three day forecast

Once installed configure your location and other settings by right-clicking the Vista4Cast icon located in your system tray or by launching the configuration from the programs menu.

config

Once inside search for your city by entering the name or zip code in the City input box. You’ll get a list of possible results on the right that you can add to the locations box by selecting the arrow to move the selected city to your locations. Under the setup section you’ll find options to customize the look of the weather forecast including the ability to show up to five days. Selecting the Image Builder button provides a large number of additional options as well.

image builder

Inside the image builder options you can set the temperature measurement settings, what information is displayed and even change the font and colors. The options provide you with the ability to customize the output to the extreme. Selecting from an option on the right of the image preview will even allow you to move the position of each item. Checking the Change Temp Colour option will even allow you to set custom colors depending on the temperature forecasted.

Once finished select the Run Now option from the system tray icon to generate the image. Next launch Media Center and check out your settings.

inside media center

You’ll see the short forecast in the OEM logo section of the Windows 7 Media Center start menu. If you’ve installed the additional Extended4Cast plugin you can launch it from the Extra Programs menu by default and have an extremely detailed view of the weather forecasted for the next week.

extended4cast

That’s all there is to it! Don’t let the name fool you this Media Center plugin works great in Windows 7 and provides more weather features than any one could even wish for. Well, we’d still love to see a radar image option and maybe some emergency weather integration. That aside, Vista4Cast is an excellent plugin definitely worth checking out for anyone looking to add weather features to their Windows 7 Media Center.

5 Comments


Stefan
Comment #35918 from Stefan [Reply]

The creators of this do not maintain their website or respond to emails, so I have no way of downloading it as download requires registration, which requires an admin to activate your account! If ANYONE knows where else I can get it please tell me. I’ve been searching everywhere

Comment left March 16, 2011 at 5:52 pm Permanent Link

Brandon
@Reply #40395 from Brandon [Reply]

I have it for X64 leave me your e-mail and i will try to get it to you.

Comment left April 30, 2011 at 10:48 am Permanent Link

Joel
@Reply #45953 from Joel [Reply]

Any chance you still have this and could send me the x64 copy also?

Comment left August 2, 2011 at 8:48 am Permanent Link
Comment #45957 from Michael Healy [Reply]

Here are download links for the x64 and x84 versions of Vista4Cast that I archived previously in the event they were no longer obtainable:

Vista4Cast – x86 Version
Vista4Cast – x64 Version

Comment left August 2, 2011 at 12:47 pm Permanent Link

eric t
@Reply #83814 from eric t [Reply]

Thanks for making this available, let’s see if it still work in media center.

Comment left September 27, 2012 at 12:43 pm Permanent Link

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