12 April 2012

Develop Media Center Addons

Short notes!!

Preparation of the environment

Should have Visual Studio 2008
1. Download and Install the Windows Media Center Software Development Kit from
2. Download and Install GUIDGEN.EXE from (if you don't have it in VisualStudio tools)
3. Download and install the latest build of WiX v3.0 (Wix3.msi) from

Build the add-on

The addon have to be registered with WMC and in GAC! In order to make a change you have to unregister it first and then to register again.
Also register it with  Windows Media Center ( %windir%\ehome\RegisterMCEApp.exe) 

Steps to switch to Canadian EPG in Windows Media Center

1) Install or check if it is installed HD HomeRun from
2) Run EnableATSCandQAM.bat
3) Run USGuide.bat and select 4 (Toronto)
4) In WMC - >Tasks - >Settings -> TV -> TV Signal -> Setup TV Signal -> Select CANADA, M2N 6P4

How to Get EPG from WMC

1) Find C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\eHome\mcepg2-0.db
2) Build the WMC Addon with code from
http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en/netfx64bit/thread/ea979075-f602-475d-b485-3a4f787dcb70 to 
  • Note: the EPG also saved in MXF File. More info:

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