Disable Most Recently Used Media In MCE 2005 (Or Add Functionality!)

Some people might like how Media Center remembers your most recently played media on the Start Page.  I however, hate it!  Here’s how you can disable it, and Matt you can add this to your pile of suggestions for the next version of TweakMCE.  I know it can be done now. 😉


  • Start | Run | Type “regedit”
  • Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Media Center\MRU
  • Delete the current MRU objects for PicturesMRU, VideosMRU
  • Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Media Center\Settings\Audio\MRU
  • Delete the current objects
  • Right click on HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Media Center\Settings\Audio\MRU and choose Permissions
  • Click on Advancted
  • Highlight your Username and click Edit
  • Check “Deny” for Set Vaule
  • Right click on HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Media Center\MRU\PicturesMRU and do the same
  • Right click on HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Media Center\MRU\VideosMRU and do the same.

While this will disable it, the same techniques can be used to create static entries.  So, say there is a playlist or album you want to always have easy access to on the Start Page, use the exact same method.  The only difference will be to first delete the MRU objects, but then go into Media Center and play the media you wish to have static, and then Deny the Permissions.


These apply on a per-user basis.  Meaning, if you have many user accounts on your Media Center system, you need to do the process above in all accounts.


Notes:  This is clearly not supported by Microsoft and is given “AS IS” for you to possibly screw over your system.  Always backup your system before making any registry changes.  Don’t blame me if something gets screw up, you should of had a backup.  🙂  Having said that, you should be fine, just don’t Deny Permissions to anything else you see!  Not allowing yourself to make other registry changes means other settings would not be saved.

6 thoughts on “Disable Most Recently Used Media In MCE 2005 (Or Add Functionality!)

  1. Yeah, well it’s nice if you have the luxury of doing this. This, however, is the only way that I can get my music to load in less than one minute.

    To try to go through the pathetically slow Album screen is simply unacceptable. So my Media Center experience is resigned to one or two playlists that can only be loaded from the recent memory screens otherwise I’m in Media Center waiting hell.

    It’s been years of course and still Microsoft does nothing about it despite acknowledging this glarring effort for years.

    No wonder my enthusiasm for Media Center is dying.

  2. If I am reading this right, it looks like you can deny permissions to a given MRU. If you want to maintain your Audio MRU’s just don’t change those permission and only hit the Video and Picturs. Great tip! I have been looking for this for a couple of months.

  3. Thank you for explaning the term “MRU” but as a lay person it is too intricate for me to undertake and I am a “sissy” when it comes top taking chances with my system…I am sure I will visit you again!

    T/U (I am from “downunder”) Australia

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