I thought I would give the new Media Center Sideshow gadgets a try on my test machine and it looks like the TV Pack version number issue has hit again. So far I have tried it on a 32bit version of Vista with TV Pack and the installer fails when it checks Media Center’s version number. It’s a shame it wasn’t tested on a TV Pack version of Media Center,I guess there are not supposed to be that many installs of TV Pack but it seems to me like there a lot of people are searching for the update and installing it.
UPDATE: Thanks to Richard Miller for the tip:
To get the Media Center Sideshow gadget working on TV Pack you can change a setting in the registry, edit the registry at your own risk!
- Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Media Center
- Change the Ident version to 5.0 from 5.1
- Run the Sideshow install
- Change the Ident value back to 5.1
Warning, users are reporting some of the gadgets don’t work well with TV Pack and that maybe why the version is checked