Charlie Owen of the Windows Media Center team here. We'd like to get your thoughts on the Start Menu:
Thanks in advance...!
In general I really like the start menu. This is only vaguely related to it but my pet hate is that it's somehow possible to open the guide, return to TV, open the guide, return to TV, etc. and each time you open the guide VMC opens a new instance rather than just reverting to the instance you opened last time. I know that there are multiple instances open because if I hit the back button on the remote they keep appearing and then shutting down. I don't think this is limited to the guide either (i.e. you can do the same thing with recordings and other windows).
Sorry I can't give you any more info. My girlfriend seems to be able to do this (she has this un-feminine fascination with surfing through the guide) but I can't reproduce it now.
In general I like the sleeker look of Vista media center. I can second the hate of grouping certain items together pic/videos tv/movies/internet tv.
Me and my Wife both think xp had a simpler menu to navigate.
Core i5 with 8gb of ram, ceton infinitv tuner, 2 hdhr OTA tuners (4 total tuners). 3 xbox 360 slims.
I want to be able to customize it to my tastes. I dont watch sports, I dont watch online media, now playing seems a little dumb to me, I dont download movies, internet tv is just too poor quality to watch, I want to remove these.
And why do I have to do a registry hack to add a dvd library for ripped dvds?
dmagerl:I want to be able to customize it to my tastes.
This is my only complaint/suggestion. I LOVE the design... I just need the option to customize it. I even started a thread about this a couple days ago and it seems many share my desire.
As this product matures my interface to this platform must customize to my tastes. It needs the ability for me to choose what is on the Start Menu. I don't even really need the ability to choose where things are on the Start Menu (although that would be really nice as well)... at a bare minumum I need the ability to show/hide certain strips & tiles.
No registry hacks please! Give me a simple UI that shows the current layout of whats on the Start Menu with a show/hide checkbox right next to each element. You already have a small start to this under the Settings options.
Charlie Owen:FirstSalvo, do you have a pointer to that thread?
Here are a couple other threads on the subject that I came across before posting the other day...
The interface is a great improvement over MCE 2005 but I would like to see the ability to re-arrange the tiles to how I want them to be instead of having it dictated that Microsoft feels these should be in the same row because they want it there....
Tight_Wad:How about an ability to change the theme of it? Background picture or color.
Third parties have already begun work in this area. Blizo's done some great theme work already...
His application is in the later stages of beta now. I'd rather have MS work on an area that no one has conquered yet... complete customization control of the Start Menu!
Re-posting stuff I posted earlier last year:
Moving forward could MS consider allowing the start menu to be customizable where we can shuffle around the tiles, add more than 1 tile per strip, or at least reconsider the layout? I realize this is subjective but some of the placement of stuff in the stat menu doesn't 'feel' right to me.
Pictures + Videos
TV + Movies
New "Movies + Videos" strip
New Favourites Strip (or "PlugIns" or "Add-Ins")