Windows Media Center is a Home Theater program that comes with most versions of Windows Vista and 7.

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Lenovo Mini Wireless Keyboard N5901: Remap orange “My Computer” button

I have a Lenovo Mini Wireless Keyboard N5901 (a.k.a. Part No. 57Y6336) that I'm using with my HTPC running Windows 7. The remote comes with an orange button in the top-left corner that by default, ...
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What is the best method for ripping DVD to stream to Xbox 360?

What is the best method to rip/encode a standard definition DVD, to be streamed to a Xbox360 from a Vista Media Center pc (preferably using free software). I’ve found tons of tutorials on the web ...
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Disable autohide in Windows Media Center (WMC)?

How can I prevent the time and playback controls from autohiding in Windows Media Center? I am running W7/64.
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playing Matroska (.mkv) files via Windows Media Center - no audio

I'm looking to play my .mkv files via Windows Media Center - I've got it almost working. They show up on the menu, they play video fine, but the audio is mute. Strangely, if I play the .mkv file via ...
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Connecting my XBOX 360 to home network

I am trying to set up my XBOX 360 as a Windows Media Center Extender. I input the code as shown on the XBOX screen, but I get the error message: "Cannot Set Up Extender." This means that the Extender ...
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Windows 7: Re-add feature removed with v-lite without complete reinstall?

I made a custom Windows 7 install disk (with vLite) without Windows Media Center on it. But now, I changed my mind and wish to install it. Of course, Windows Media Center doesn't show up into "Turn ...
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Windows Media Center HDMI Capture Cards

I'm working on a new software application that utilizes windows media center to play recorded TV shows in the center of the screen. We can get this to work with standard coax or RCA input TV ...
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Computer won't go into standby

When I select Start->Turn off computer->Standby the 'turn off computer' option window closes, and then nothing else happens. I can start new applications, and Windows acts like I never selected ...
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Windows XP SP3 will not go into standby when Magic Jack is running

When I select Start->Turn off computer->Standby the 'turn off computer' option window closes, and then nothing else happens. I can start new applications, and Windows acts like I never selected ...
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Media Center setup won't complete for watching TV

I have a problem watching TV in Media Center. The TV constantly pauses 1/2 second then plays 1 second, pauses 1/2 second, plays 1 second - it is constant and does not vary. This problem occurs on all ...
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TV video constantly skips 1/2 second, plays 1 second; green on bottom

I just got DirecTV. It worked for a day, but now the TV video constantly skips 1/2 second, then plays 1 second. Also, the bottom 5th of the screen is solid green. The audio does not skip. I tried ...
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Error - “IR Hardware not detected” - but it's installed/working

I am trying to do: Settings->TV->Set up TV signal. During this process I am getting the error "IR Hardware not detected." With the remote, I can select the "try again" button (to re-detect) and it ...
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MCE7 how to get video from livetv buffer

I'm watching something on my MCE and I can jump back to see something. How can I (if at all) extract a piece of that video that is recorded on my drive somewhere? If I press record it starts ...
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Windows Media Center doesn't see my movies

I am trying to configure my Windows Media Center (Windows 7 Ultimate). I selected folder with my movies and added it to the library, but when I went to the movies library, it says "There are no items ...
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Windows Media Center showing Jerky Video on PC

I had to repave my Windows 7 x64 box last week due to a hard drive crash, and for a while everything was running perfectly but now all videos in Windows Media Center are jerky (the sound is fine, they ...
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What is the meaning of the two different recording icons used in Windows 7 Media Center?

I am using Windows 7 Media Center with a digital TV tuner. If I am watching live TV and then use the mouse to bring up the control buttons at the bottom of the screen and press the record button once, ...
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Shortcut to TV channel in Windows Media Center

How can I make a Windows shortcut to a specific TV channel in Windows Media Center?
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Using a sky card in Media Center

I'm not 100% is this SU suitable but oh well. I'm wondering if it's possible to get a slot of some kind to put my Sky Card into a Media Center PC and then be able to have a triple or dual tuner, and ...
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“The system time has changed” events after waking from sleep

Sometimes when my computer running Windows 7 wakes up from sleep, it has to adjust the time. When this happens the following system event is logged: <Event ...
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How to record tv to network share with Windows Media Center?

Well, you would think that Windows 7's new MediaCenter would be up to the task of recording your TV to a network share/drive. Too bad, it looks like it's just not possible. I have a windows 2008 R2 ...
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How do I “Lock” the screen resolution w/GMA HD (i3-530 Dell 580s)?

I have a Dell 580s with Win 7 x86 (yes 32 bit). Displaying on a Panisonic TH-37PX60U (720p). If I leave the computer running and power up the TV, frequently Media Center is displayed at about 25% of ...
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Windows 7 Media Center mixes up thumbnails of music albums

I'm using the Windows 7 Media Center on Home Premium. Usually everything is running nicely, but sometimes the media center messes up the thumbnails of music album. Suddenly a few thumbs have moved to ...
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Show track no in windows 7 media center

I'm using Windows 7 Home Premium, and am quite fond of the media center software. One thing that really bugs me, though: the media center does not show the track number of the songs. This ...
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Use remote computer without disturbing local user

I have a Windows 7 computer that is acting as a Media Center so it is always on but not always in use. I would like to be able to log in to this machine remotely and launch some scripts that take ...
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Recording Sky Player TV using Windows Media Center

Is there a way of recording TV such as live sport on Sky Player using Windows Media Center? It has a built in extension for Sky Player doesn't seem to have recording functionality. Has anyone else ...
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How do I fix monitor detection in Windows 7?

I'm using Windows 7 + Windows Media Center for my HTPC. It works great except from one annoying issue. Whenever I turn off my TV while listening to music, the music stops for a second or while Windows ...
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How can I speed up the display of Recorded TV in Windows Media Center?

When my Media Center was new the Recorded TV loaded in a flash, but now with about 750GB of recorded material it takes about 5-10 seconds to display. The slowdown has been gradual as more material ...
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SPTD.sys (from Daemon Tools) kills my boot (Win XP Media Center Edition)

Background So I've done a good bit of research on this issue and it appears that some PCs that have Daemon Tools or Alcohol (disk emulators) tend to have problems on booting when your computer loads ...
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Windows Media Center Missing?

I'm running Windows Vista SP2 64-bit, but it was SP1 when I bought the laptop. It came with Windows Media Center, but I originally found no use for it, so I deleted the shortcut. Now I DO want to use ...
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Consolidate libraries in Windows Media Center (Windows 7)

I have several hard drives, internal and external, which contain divx and dvd rips that I wish to access from WMC (Windows Media Center). I've added directories from these drives to the libraries ...
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Windows Server 2008 R2 as a desktop OS?

I get Windows Server 2008 R2 for free through the DreamSpark program, so I thought I could save $30 and use Windows Server as my OS and not get Windows 7. I found this website, which makes it seem ...
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Win7 MCE seems unable to play ripped DVDs

I'm running Windows 7 and am using mymovies.dk to rip the dvds to my harddrive. However, playback isn't watchable as the picture is very stuttery and blocky, only shots that show the same image for a ...
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How can I get WMC to play MKV files?

I'm trying to play a .mkv file (created with handbrake) in Windows Media Center. I'm running Win 7 x64 I've installed haali media splitter (file: MatroskaSplitter110109) I've installed ffdshow ...
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Can I run Windows 7 Ultimate in VirtualBox on a Windows Home Server host?

I'm considering migrating from my very noisy and large MythTV box to something much smaller and quieter, like the HP MediaSmart Server LX195. To accomplish this I would need to install a virtual ...
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Netflix not working in Windows Vista Media Center two icons, and won't play

Two part question. Why does Windows Media Center display two Netflix plugins on the main home screen? Why does Netflix have a popup saying "there was a problem retrieving data, please check your ...
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Media center consumes all available memory when attempting to play music off of a server

I have Windows 7 Ultimate, and recently, when i try to play a song off of my Twonky Media Server/Windows Media Connect (based on an HP WHS with an Atom), it plays choppily. When i open Resource ...
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MCE as a servcie?

Putting together a MCE machine. This is more a curiosity issue than anything but does MCE run as a Windows service? Will it record scheduled programs if no one is logged on or it isn't running in the ...
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IR Dongle for Windows Media Center [closed]

I am putting together a Windows MCE (Win7) using a Dell Zino. Are there any USB dongles that will allow a Logitech Harmony universal remote (IR) to control the box as if it were a MCE Remote?
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Windows 7 Media Center PC not displaying MKV files properly

Does anyone know why Windows Media Center wouldn't correctly display a 16x9 video? I just upgraded my home-built HTPC from Vista Ultimate (hey, it was a giveaway) to Windows 7 Ultimate - clean ...
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Diverting sound output of MCE to SPDIF

I have an ASUS SupremeFX II audio card (which in fact is an onboard audio riser slot) with the default drivers that are pre-installed by Windows 7 x64 for this card. I am able to manually switch ...
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Can Windows 7 use hibernate and still wake up to record tv shows with Media Center

Currently I only use sleep on my Windows 7 pc. To save some power I would like to start using hibernate mode. Does Windows 7 wake up from hibernate mode, to record tv shows I have programmed to ...
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How to use ViXS PureTV-U 48A3 on Windows Vista?

This may sound like a dumb question. But I have a computer with a "ViXS PureTV-U 48A3" tv-card. It comes with Windows Media Center. What exactly am I supposed to do in order to force this PC to output ...
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What is the best policy for user account on a Windows 7 Media Center shared by the whole family

What is a good way to manage user accounts for a Windows 7 Media Center PC that is part of an entertainment center for a family? Each family member keeps most of their personal stuff on their own ...
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keep iTunes and WMP playlists in sync

I use media center for listening to music, however I also use itunes for keeping my iPod in sync. I often create playlists on the go on my iPod, but when I'm at home I prefer media center and often ...
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How can I keep my home theater PC from automatically muting itself when left idle for a period of time?

I have a "home theater PC" hooked up my main television at home running Windows 7 Home Premium with Windows Media Center. I also have a logitech harmony remote and an media center remote receiver that ...
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Minimum reasonable system requirements for Windows 7 Media Center

I'm looking at getting a Windows 7 Media Center box to replace my current MythTV box. I travel a lot and my wife doesn't like the maintenance required for Myth. Although in the past, I've built my ...
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Getting triple-tap for Gyration Media Center remote working in Windows shell

I have this Gyration remote which, out of the box, does not support triple-tap for text entry outside of Media Center; only numbers can be entered in the Windows shell. Gyration have a patch that ...
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View scheduled recordings remotely

I have one computer which is equipped with a TV tuner card. The Recorded TV folder is shared so that other computers on the network can watch recordings. Now that I am upgrading my computers to ...
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Windows 7 Windows Media Center controlling updates

Windows Media Center on Windows 7 likes to keep itself up to date. The problem is that it even wakes the computer from sleep mode in order to do it. I sleep in the same room as the computer so I ...
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Is there a way to use a generic IR receiver with a MCE remote in Vista/7 Media Center

I have a MCE remote from long ago (shipped with an MCE 2005), but i cannot find the IR receiver. I now have Win7 and a generic usb IR receiver i picked up a fry's. Is there a way to make my old mce ...