Updated XBMC and Boxee Launchers – Now With Installers!

XBMC / Boxee Launchers Updated

XBMC / Boxee Launchers Updated

My little launchers aimed at making XBMC and Boxee work with the Windows Media Center have been updated. I think the largest thing to note is that they now have an installer thanks to a comment left by user Joshka. I’ve also made some tweaks so that the media centers *really* get brought to the foreground should they be moved back for some reason. Finally, users now have the abilities to feed in any parameters they want to the launchers. I know a few of you like to use custom parameters above and beyond the standard portable mode flags. For those of you just wanting to do portable mode, that is taken care of in the installer!

Get XBMC Launcher

Get Boxee Launcher

Launching Boxee with a Windows Media Center Remote

Boxee

Boxee

Updated 10/23/2010: Based on some comments, I’ve released a new version with an installer and file for defining custom parameters. Big thanks to Joshka for showing me a neat registry trick that allowed me to create the installer. I’ve also moved the source to a subversion repository. Enjoy!

I was recently notified that Boxee might benefit from the same hack I used to get XBMC working with my Windows Media Center remote (see the post before this one). The problem was the same. While you can use a Windows Media Center remote and IR receiver (or a universal remote emulating one) to control Boxee, the green button will continue to launch Windows Media Center. I was asked to modify the little launcher I had written for launching XBMC to launch Boxee instead. About 10 seconds of coding (and another 5 minutes of testing) later, I had what appears to be a working solution.

Download BoxeeLauncher Installer
Download BoxeeLauncher Manual Install

Source code, project files, and install scripts can be found at http://inchoatethoughts.com/boxeelauncher/ (subversion repository)