Hacking Windows 7 Media Center

Cherry Red Theme

by @ 1:12 pm on September 19th, 2011 in windows 7 with 10 Comments

Today we’ve got another theme available for download thanks to a submission from Matt Osburn. The theme is a variation on the single color theme like the original blue or black themes, only this time in sweet Cherry Red. The theme and gradients are all very smooth, clean and pleasant to look at but there were a few problems for me installing the theme. Certainly this isn’t the fault of the theme’s creator but I’m having trouble getting the font colors to apply correctly, which is indeed a previously known issue with Media Center Studio. Should anyone manage to get them working properly be sure to provide steps below in the comments!

As you can see in the screenshots below there should be nice red tinted text as in the author’s screenshots but instead the text is default blues.

Author Screenshot


Download Cherry Red Theme

A fantastic theme though for those who can get the font colors working properly and sure to be a classic if the font issue is resolved. So download it, give it a try and if your fonts change color let us know what voodoo you were practicing at the time in the comments below. As always, here’s some install instructions:

Installing this theme requires Windows 7 Media Center and Media Center Studio, a free media center theme creation application. Once you’ve downloaded the zip file extract the .mct file inside to a location of your choice. Open Media Center Studio and select the themes tab then select Import Theme. Locate the file and import the theme into the program. Select the newly imported theme from the listing and hit Apply. The theme will be applied the next time media center is started.

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tom parker
Comment #47877 from tom parker [Reply]

I’ve been working on MetroUI for WMC


The only way i’ve been able to get colours working is using Patchou’s Media Center Themer


Comment left September 21, 2011 at 7:30 am Permanent Link

@Reply #110304 from Toby [Reply]

Any update on your MetroUI for WMC? I am very interested in trying this!

Comment left March 15, 2013 at 12:24 pm Permanent Link

matt osburn
Comment #47937 from matt osburn [Reply]

For whatever reason, Microsoft decided to put the MediaCenter faults outside the Fonts folder and into the Windows\eHome folder instead. Because of that, MediaCenterStudio doesn’t know about the fonts as it applies the theme and therefore, disregards the font setting/color changes alltogether.

The way I get the fonts to work is the following; however, it does NOT work on extenders.

Browse to %SystemRoot%\eHome

Right-Click on each of the TrueType Fonts in that folder and click “Install”.

After that, apply the theme & you’re good to go.

Comment left September 22, 2011 at 9:27 pm Permanent Link

@Reply #47940 from Brian [Reply]

I installed all of the true type fonts, no luck though. I’m still getting the standard blue font after applying the theme with MCS. I restarted my PC and tried apply the theme again without success.

Comment left September 23, 2011 at 1:00 am Permanent Link

Comment #48714 from WildFire [Reply]

Does anybody know what happened to the AdventMediacenter website? It seems to be down, and i can’t find the media center studio installation anywhere else on the net. Can someone send me the installation to my email? wildfire84@gmail.com


Comment left October 12, 2011 at 12:27 pm Permanent Link

Comment #48976 from Anonymous [Reply]

October 16 – adventmediacenter.com is still down. Unfortunately…

Comment left October 16, 2011 at 2:10 am Permanent Link
Comment #49011 from Michael Healy [Reply]

Unfortunately, because of the method of installation used by Media Center Studio I haven’t got a working installable file for the program. Hopefully the site come back online.

Comment left October 16, 2011 at 9:41 am Permanent Link

Comment #49032 from Josh3693 [Reply]

A few people over at the AVS forum are working on a workaround

Comment left October 16, 2011 at 1:03 pm Permanent Link

Comment #49399 from aggie81 [Reply]

Installed the Cherry Theme on a new Win7 PC 32-bit and the font colors came out correct with no additional voodoo necessary. Worked right out of the box with light red for unselected text and white for selected items. Go figure……

Comment left October 24, 2011 at 2:33 pm Permanent Link

Comment #49448 from WildFire [Reply]

Thanks for the comments. I got Windows Media Studio to work installing it in that Alternate way. That website will probably never come back as the original creator of the program has stopped support of it. shame.

Comment left October 25, 2011 at 5:22 pm Permanent Link

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