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Windows Media Center: Hide “TV + Movies”

Don’t have a TV tuner installed in your computer but still enjoy using Windows Media Center?
If so, there is a simple registry modification that you can make to disable the “TV + Movies” item in Media Center.

  1. Click on Start, and in the “Start Search” field type “REGEDIT”, then press Enter.
  2. If User Account Control prompts you for consent, provide the appropriate credentials or provide consent.
  3. In the navigation pane, locate HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Media Center\Start Menu.
  4. In the right hand pane, you will see a “REG_DWORD” value with a name of “HideTV”, which has a default value of 0. Double click the “HideTV” DWORD and change its value to 1.
  5. Close the Windows Registry Editor.

Now launch Windows Media Center, you should no longer see the “TV + Movies” option listed.

NOTE: This does remove the “Play DVD” option as it is listed under “TV + Movies”, but fear not — when you put a DVD into the system while Media Center is running, by default it will automatically begin playing.


Windows Vista, WMC, Windows Media Center, Tips and Tricks

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