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category Element

Specifies the Windows Media Center integration location for an application entry point. Each entry point may appear in multiple integration locations within the Windows Media Center UI. Include one category element inside the entrypoint element for each category in which you want the entry point to appear, and ensure each category element has exactly one category attribute. This element is a child of the entrypoint element.

Syntax

<category
    category="Windows Media Center category"
    order="Tile order in the custom Start menu strip"
>
</category>

Attributes

category

Required. A string that identifies the Windows Media Center integration location for an application entry point. See Remarks for valid category strings.

Order

Optional. A string that defines the order of the tiles in the custom Start menu strip. This attribute is only applicable if a custom Start menu strip has been defined in the application element.

Remarks

The following table summarizes the integration locations and categories in Windows Media Center:

Category stringLocation
Internet RadioMusic > Radio > Sources
Internet Radio\PresetsMusic > Radio > Presets
More ProgramsExtras > Extras Library
Custom Start MenuApplication-specific custom Start Menu strip
More With This\Audio\AlbumMusic > Music Library > Albums > select an album, then right-click or press MORE INFO > More…

Music > Music Library > Years > select an album, then right-click or press MORE INFO > More…

Music > Music Library > Album Artists > select an album, then right-click or press MORE INFO > More…

More With This\Audio\ArtistMusic > Music Library > Artists > select an artist, then right-click or press MORE INFO > More…

Music > Music Library > Composers > select an artist, then right-click or press MORE INFO > More…

More With This\Audio\PlaylistMusic > Music Library > Playlists > select a playlist, then right-click or press MORE INFO > More…
More With This\Audio\SongMusic > Music Library > Songs > select a song, then right-click or press MORE INFO > More…
More With This\Audio\GenreMusic > Music Library > Genres > select a genre, then right-click or press MORE INFO > More…
More With This\DVDMovies > Play DVD > select a movie and right-click > More…

Movies > Movie Library > select a movie and right-click > More…

More With This\PicturePictures + Videos > Picture Library > select a picture, then right-click or press MORE INFO > More…
More With This\VideoPictures + Videos > Video Library > select a video, then right-click or press MORE INFO > More…
AutoPlay\Blu-ray
AutoPlay\HD DVD
Background
OEM Extensibility 1

Note   The Services\* and Settings\* strings have been deprecated, although they are still valid to support previous versions.

Example Code

<category category="Custom Start Menu\Application1" order="0"/>

Requirements

Platform: Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 and later

See Also

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