[EN] How-to use Boxee without login!

Boxee is the best mediacenter software I tested so far: free, stable, fast also on entry level computers, multiplatform and with a beautiful interface. But you need to register, login and keep your mediacenter computer always connected to Internet to use it, so if you have not a dsl connection at home, you can’t use it.

I don’t agree with this policy, so I discovered a fully working workaround to use Boxee without register, without login and without internet connection. I did this tutorial for Windows XP users, but I guess that you can apply the same concept to Boxee for Linux and Mac as well.

1. Download Boxee and install it on your mediacenter (I did my testings on my Asus eeePC 701 and Boxee runs great on it!);

2. Start it and a login mask will popup:

3. Don’t panic! Quit Boxee clickin on “Exit Boxee” button. Now you would have the following folder in you hard disk:

C:\Documents and Settings\<your username>\Application Data\BOXEE\userdata

(folder for every Boxee preference file);

Now.. Open the “profiles.xml” file with Wordpad (or similar editor), it should look like this:

<profiles>
<lastloaded>0</lastloaded>
<useloginscreen>true</useloginscreen>
<profile>
<id></id>
<name>Master user</name>
<directory pathversion=”1″>special://masterprofile/</directory>
<thumbnail pathversion=”1″></thumbnail>
<lastdate></lastdate>
<lockmode>0</lockmode>
<lockcode></lockcode>
<lastlockcode></lastlockcode>
<adultlockcode></adultlockcode>
<lockmusic>false</lockmusic>
<lockvideo>false</lockvideo>
<lockpictures>false</lockpictures>
<lockprograms>false</lockprograms>
<locksettings>false</locksettings>
<lockfiles>false</lockfiles>
<rememberpassword>false</rememberpassword>
<lockadult>true</lockadult>
</profile>
</profiles>

4. To bypass the login mask, you have to hack this “profiles.xml” file. Clean its content, then copy and paste into it the following lines:

<profiles>
<lastloaded>1</lastloaded>
<useloginscreen>true</useloginscreen>
<profile>
<id></id>
<name>Master user</name>
<directory pathversion=”1″>special://masterprofile/</directory>
<thumbnail pathversion=”1″></thumbnail>
<lastdate></lastdate>
<lockmode>0</lockmode>
<lockcode></lockcode>
<lastlockcode></lastlockcode>
<adultlockcode></adultlockcode>
<lockmusic>false</lockmusic>
<lockvideo>false</lockvideo>
<lockpictures>false</lockpictures>
<lockprograms>false</lockprograms>
<locksettings>false</locksettings>
<lockfiles>false</lockfiles>
<rememberpassword>false</rememberpassword>
<lockadult>true</lockadult>
</profile>
<profile>
<id>eldino</id>
<name>eldino</name>
<directory pathversion=”1″>profiles\eldino</directory>
<thumbnail pathversion=”1″>http://s3.boxee.tv/thumb/200×200/default.png</thumbnail&gt;
<lastdate>03/12/2010 – 2:45 PM</lastdate>
<lockmode>3</lockmode>
<lockcode>ZxeESTIXJ/0xb+8n9T/DqQ==</lockcode>
<lastlockcode>ZxeESTIXJ/0xb+8n9T/DqQ==</lastlockcode>
<adultlockcode></adultlockcode>
<lockmusic>false</lockmusic>
<lockvideo>false</lockvideo>
<lockpictures>false</lockpictures>
<lockprograms>false</lockprograms>
<locksettings>false</locksettings>
<lockfiles>false</lockfiles>
<rememberpassword>false</rememberpassword>
<lockadult>true</lockadult>
<hasdatabases>true</hasdatabases>
<canwritedatabases>true</canwritedatabases>
<hassources>true</hassources>
<canwritesources>true</canwritesources>
</profile>
</profiles>

Changes the word “eldino” in the bold lines with your nick of choice and save the file. Then create the folder “profiles” inside “userdata” and the folder <your nick> in the folder “profiles“. In my case, I created a nice “profiles/eldino” folder.

5. Start Boxee again and woah! No login mask anymore! :) Click “Ok” on the following popup and you are straight inside Boxee without internet connection :)

Enjoy your brand new mediacenter :-)

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