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How To Convince Zune To Focus on WP7 Marketplace Applications?

Oct 19

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010 10:10 PM  RssIcon

ZuneSplashWhen you first start up Zune, do you see something OTHER than WP7 Marketplace Applications?  Tired of having to ALWAYS click/navigate there?  Want to coax Zune to help you focus on what's important you YOU, WP7 applications?  Cool, read on for the easy hack!

Focus on Apps in ZuneWhen you open up Zune, by default, you're looking at Collection and Music.  You're a WP7 dev (most likely if you're ready my blog that is LOL), and you probably want to coax Zune to automagically open to the marketplace\Apps right?  Well, tonight I found a hack to do exactly that.

"Wait a sec Peter, there's an option in Settings, General, Startup View, Marketplace.

Zune Settings

Ok, you can TRY that, but you'll find out, it only takes you half-way to your REAL destination, WP7 applications.  OK, if you want to buy videos all the time you open up Zune, or connect your WP7 phone, this is sufficient.  But I'm guess you're reading this blog cause you're a WP7 dev and that's where you want to focus on?  Cool.

Disclaimer: Opening up your computer's Windows registry is a dangerous thing and should only be performed by pocket protector carrying nerds who can rebuild an operating system from memory, in binary, on an 80286.  If you understand any of that......hahahah cool!  If you don't, just be careful, ok?  I'm not responsible for any lost data or computer hardware you may encounter with you changing your registry.  Also, this works for me using Zune 4.7 and since this is more of a hack than anything, this advice could change on your computer and/or in future versions (but I hope not, this is cool IMHO LOL).

Ok, fire up your registry editor (regedit.exe or regedt32.exe, either will work), click through the User Access Control dialog, then navigate to the following hive in there.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Zune\Shell

Find the StartupPage, edit it and enter Marketplace\Apps\Home

Registry change

And that it!  The next time you open up Zune, it'll goto the marketplace WP7 applications for you!  Cool eh?!

Cool, now we know how to focus on WP7 apps, let's all go out and get our WP7 phones when they hit the market!  I've already got mine picked out, what about you?  Now it's time to grab a coffee and get coding!

 

Resources

zune forums: How to get Internet radio working.

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Re: How To Convince Zune To Focus on WP7 Marketplace Applications?

Someone should make a simple utility for those who don't want to mess with the registry. Hint hint.

Cheers Sylvain

By Sylvain on   Wednesday, October 20, 2010 9:24 AM

Re: How To Convince Zune To Focus on WP7 Marketplace Applications?

That's actually a GREAT idea. Let me know when you're done and blogged about it so I can point to it! LOLOLOL Yes, I DID get the hint, unfortunately there's just too many other things on the ///todo list. DOH! Never enough time.

Thanks for posting Sylvain (I recognized you logged in and I didn't have to OK the post, COOL!).

By phenry on   Wednesday, October 20, 2010 6:59 PM

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