Media Center Themer is an alternative theme creation program for Windows Media Center that relies on an alternative method of application that doesn’t rely on modifying system files. There is a limited supply of themes for it however, as many themes have been created for Media Center Studio. Reader, Todd Richmond, sends along a handy file and directions on getting Media Center Studio themes working with MCT. As the latter is still available (and perhaps even developed?) from the author this is indeed a welcome tip.
Get started by downloading the file here, zipped and including a readme instruction file. Find the instructions below as well as a new theme sent in by reader Mike J. called Blue Space. Download the theme here as well and give it a try!
Download Blue Space Theme
Here are the steps to get MCS themes working with this file and Media Center Themer as sent along by Todd:
1) use winrar to extract the entire set of theme resources to c:\programdata\Media Center Themer\Theme
2) edit my MCTDefault.xml to modify any text color for the themes (my file is stock from MCT) and any other MCT additions
3) backup original MCTDefault.xml
4) copy MCTDefault.xml to c:\programdata\Media Center Themer\
5) restart MCE
Let us know how you get by with this method below if you’re using Media Center Themer, as well as any other tips you may have for the program as well!