Remap Green Button as Start Button on Remote

Jul 25, 2012 by

Windows 8 Remote Registry SettingIf you’re interested in using Windows 8 for a home theater PC you’re going to need to be able to control it with a remote control. This feat, in and of itself, is pretty simple. Take the Windows Media Center infrared receiver, and plug it into your Windows 8 machine. Grab your Media Center remote, and you’ll notice that the arrow keys on the remote have no trouble moving amongst the tiles. The OK button on the remote will also launch any app that that the cursor is currently highlighting. So that’s great, but how do you get back to the Start screen? That big green button on the remote looks like a home button, and that’s how it has always worked in Windows Media Center. Tapping that button will do what it always has though. Assuming you have Windows Media Center installed, it will launch it.

So how do you get back to the Start screen while using a remote control? Well, by default it just isn’t possible. Fortunately an enterprising user over at the Windows Experts Community who goes by the name¬†milli260876 has found a way. The solution involves editing the Windows Registry, so you need to approach this with caution. This should be a relatively safe modification though, and the first step will be to make a backup of the key that is to be modified. Follow the steps below, and your Media Center remote’s Green Button will no longer launch Media Center. Instead it will act as the Start button.

  1. Launch the Registry Editor by typing regedit from the Windows 8 Start screen.
  2. Navigate to, and export the following key. This will work to restore things if you really mess this process up. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\HidIr\Remotes\745a17a0-74d3-11d0-b6fe-00a0c90f57da
  3. Double-click on the binary value named ReportMappingTable to modify it.
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the binary data and add the following. You don’t actually type the spaces, it will automatically input them for you: 0D 00 00 00 04 08 00
  5. Reboot your computer.
  6. Launch an app, then click the Green Button on your remote. If you are returned to the Windows 8 Start screen then you did everything correctly.

Source: Windows Experts Community


  • Jon Willoughby

    Definately bookmarking this gem!

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  • dumpstertech

    Thank you! This was a ton of help on making my Windows 8 Media PC.

  • Dan MacGregor

    When I do this it disables the back button in Media Center as well. So now there is no way to go back to a previous screen in Media Center

  • fgunnars

    Hi, It does not work for me on W8 Pro. Instead, it opens the Properties dialog in Explorer …

  • David Town

    Didn’t,t bring up the start screen for me from Media Centre. Instead of 08 00 in the last two sets I used 01 29 ( which sends the keystroke Ctrl-Esc to open the start screen). And it works !!

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  • richard king

    The 01 29 worked for me too, thanks. One thing I would like to do now is program another button to swipe through open apps

  • Dan_o

    I know this thread is really old, but I’m getting no change for known keys using the original MCE remote (not a Harmony). For example, I’m editing the mute button to be 01 29 (ctrl+esc), but the mute still does mute after the window restart. What am I missing?