You may remember the PowerPlaylist Sample Application that the Media Center team put out on Codeplex a while ago. This is the addin that adds a custom Start Menu strip to Media Center and each title represents an audio and slideshow combination. Great if your in the mood  for some music and with one button it will kick off your playlist and slideshow. The original application was Windows Vista only and now the Media Center team has updated it for Windows 7. PowerPlaylist is very customizable by using the PowerPlaylist Editor, including the title of the custom Start Menu strip and the name, image, audio source, slideshow folder and visualization for each tile.

As well as a installable MSI there is a full set of source code provided on CodePlex which is great for learning how Microsoft codes Media Center application

Download the application and source code from Codeplex

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