Restore Zune 4.0’s “missing” features

The Zune logo. What did you expect here?

For those of you in the US or Canada, stop reading now.

Welcome non-US/CA readers! There’s nothing more frustrating than buying a Zune, plugging it in, and discovering the software is “broken” because of how your computer is “configured”. Features like the Marketplace and that snazzy intro video? Completely missing! Yikes.

If you’re positive you should be seeing these features, don’t panic. Microsoft spent a lot of time programming some overrides for you. Simply navigate to HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftZune and create a key called FeaturesOverride. Within this key, create a DWORD for each feature you want to enable and set its value to 1. A list of tweakables follow.

  • Quickplay
  • Marketplace
  • Picks
  • Videos
  • MusicVideos
  • Podcasts
  • Channels
  • Games
  • SubscriptionFreeTracks
  • SignInAvailable (allows restricted locales to sign in!)
  • FirstLaunchIntroVideo
  • MBRRental
  • MBRPurchase
  • MBRPreview

For those that are lazy, you can download a simple registry script to double-click. Don’t blame me if it eats your hard drive though.