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

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From HP's Windows XP Media Center to Windows 7 Ultimate, possible?

Some time ago i've bought a pc from HP. It was a media center pc and obviously in it was pre-installed "Windows XP Media Center 2005 Edition". Now i'm intererested to get Windows 7 Ultimate with ...
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Windows Media Center update schedule?

When my computer is sleeping, sometime it does open to download TV schedules and do not turn back in sleep mode. But the problem is that it does it in the middle of the night. How can I setup Windows ...
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Is it possible to use Windows 7 as a media center extender?

I have a media server running Windows 7 in my living room. I have a nettop running Windows 7 in my bedroom. I have an xbox 360 running as a media center extender to my media server so I can watch live ...
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What tool can auto-adjust the TV zoom in Windows Media Center?

I'm running Media Center on a Vista computer, and some programs are in 4:3 format while others are 16:9 -- even on the same channel. It annoys me that I have to manually switch format all the time, ...
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Looking for Windows 7 64-bit external tv tuner drivers [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: WinTV PVR not working in Windows 7 (WinTV-PVR USB) I have a Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-USB2 (old but great hardware external tv tuner). I need a driver for it for Windows 7 x64. ...
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Can I watch iTunes-purchased movies using Windows Media Center on a Windows Home Server?

I recently purchased and set up a new Windows Home Server machine. I'd like to purchase some movies from the iTunes store to stream from my Home Server to my television. Is this even possible? ...
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Control Hulu playback with Universal/Media Center Remote?

Is it possible to control video playback on Hulu and broadcaster web sites (nbc.com, cbs.com, etc) with a Universal or Media Center remote? I have a Logitech Harmony 659 remote I use for Windows ...
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Visualizations work in Windows Media Player, but not Windows Media Center?

Maybe its been fixed in the RTM, but on my HTPC I'm running Windows 7 RC. I've installed some visualizations, and they work fine in Windows Media Player, but they're not showing up as options in ...
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Windows 7 Media Center suddenly Jerky

Media Center in Windows 7 has been running great for me for the past few months since I switched to Windows 7. I can watch HD content on my Xbox, and I have had very few issues with it (occasionally ...
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Watch Netflix with Windows 7 Media Center

Is this possible? I've heard that there's an extension or something for Vista's Media Center, but I can't figure out how to enable this in Windows 7.
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Why does Windows Media Center make http requests for watched folders on a network drive?

I have a Linux server on my home LAN that has a filesystem shared via Samba (/export), where I store some older recorded TV (under /export/Recorded\ TV). The system is also a web server, running a ...
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Can Windows Media Center 7 be made to play from ISO files?

Is there a way to make Windows Media Center 7 to play iso images? I have many DVDs ripped to iso. Right now I just play them by navigating to them in Windows Explorer, right-clicking an selecting ...
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Slow Media Center Interface after Resume

I have a Media Center PC connected to 52" LCD screen via HDMI. The problem I have is that even though I have high end specs on the box, the Media Center interface is slow and sluggish specially the ...
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How can I stream live TV from Windows Media Center to another computer?

How can I watch the live TV stream from my desktop computer on my laptop? I am using Windows 7 Ultimate on both a desktop PC and a laptop. Both are connected on the same LAN and workgroup via 54Mbps ...
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Suggestions for small, power efficient, media center PC? [closed]

I need a Windows Media Center PC. It should have: HDMI output small form factor Be able to handle a TV tuner that can decode clear QAM (i get basic cable w/o a decoder box and i get all the local ...
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How do I override the default Vista MCE Remote Control Behaviour

I rencently bought a microsoft MCE remote control even though I dont have a media centre version of vista. The remote came with no software but out of the box some of the buttons caused windows to do ...
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Media Center TV Muting without System Volume Muting

Often during commercials broadcast on TV, I'll watch a YouTube video. Is there a way to mute Windows 7 Media Center without muting the system volume?
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Display more lines in Windows Media Center TV guide

The TV guide in Windows Media Center only shows 7 lines. The font is massive and it is a real pain having to scroll so much to compare channels and see what is on. Does anyone have a fix to change ...
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Play Apple Lossless (.m4a, ALAC) files in Windows 7 Media Player?

Is there a good plugin or codec that allows Media Player/Media Center on Windows 7 to play Apple Lossless (ALAC) encoded files? As the files are shared between multiple iTunes installations and one ...
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How to play AVI and MKV files in Windows Vista Media Center?

I've installed the DivX codec on my computer. I can play those files just fine in Windows Media Player. But when I tried it on Windows Media Center it crashes out. How can this problem be fixed? ...
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Keyboard does not work during Windows XP install

I am trying to install Windows XP MCE (Media Center Edition) 2005 on a vintage Dell XPS 400 machine. This system does not have PS2 ports and I don't have a USB keyboard or mouse so I'm using a USB to ...
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Can I run Windows 7 virtualized for my HTPC?

I'm currently running Vista for my HTPC, and am planning on upgrading to Windows 7 soon. However, I've been considering installing it as a VM so that I can run Windows Server 2008 and/or Windows Home ...
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Avoid stutter on PC when switching on/off HDMI-connected TV

My media center is connected to my TV by HDMI. When the TV is powered on or off the audio & video stutters for a second or so, presumably due to some EDID processing or something - not life ...
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How can I find out if the channels in my area is covered in the EPG in MediaCenter

Where can you find out, if your area / cable provider is covered in the electronic program guide in Media Center? I don't have a tuner and I want to know if I will get solid EPG-coverage before I buy ...
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Stop wmplayer.exe from running in the background on Vista

wmplayer.exe is always running on my Vista Laptop (Dell XPS M1530).I tried killing it but it comes back again and eats up a lot of memory.I checked windows services and did not find any windows media ...
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Possible to play Windows Media Center recorded tv (dvr-ms) on OSX w/o conversion?

I have an HTPC running Windows Vista Media Center, and use it quite heavily to record TV. I have a Macbook I use for work that I'd like to be able to have TV on during those late night coding ...
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Windows 7 playback of dvr-Microsoft files stutters

I've just had to install Windows 7 on my Media Center machine because my Vista installation had a faulty drive. I've got the latest drivers that I can find - Intel 945GM integrated Graphics, Realtek ...
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Firefox 3.5 won't install on Win XP Media Center

Trying to install Firefox 3.5 to Windows XP Media Center with SP3, I get notice that the computer does not meet minimum requirements to run Firefox! Not sure why. Is HP Pavilian DV2000 with AMD ...
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how to prevent ir receiver from waking computer

I have an HP dv4 notebook, which has an ir receiver on the front. I want to configure it so that no matter what, IR signals will not trigger vista media center to start. It currently starts whether ...
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Dolby Digital in Windows 7 Media Center

I have a Creative X-Fi XtremeMusic in my media center PC running Windows 7 Pro x64. The digital I/O connection is connected to a Denon receiver. Under Vista, I was able to watch DVDs in Media Center ...
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Windows Media Player/Center Can't Play .WMV On New Install of Windows 7 Ultimate 64 RTM

For some reason my week old install of Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM can't play .WMV files via Windows Media Player or Windows Media Center. When I double click on a .WMV file, Windows Media Player ...
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Disk Error on Boot (Possible boot sector issue)

I own a 4-5 year old Dell Dimension E510 with Windows XP: Media Center Edition. I have 2 drives installed: C Drive: Windows XP: Media Center Edition G Drive: 2 partitions: Windows 7 (beta) Windows ...
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How to adjust Aspect Ratio in Windows Media Center

Is there any way of adjusting the aspect ratio of movies I view in Windows Media Center on Windows 7 RTM x64? Any hidden features? Any brilliant light weight plugins? Using Shark007 Codecs, and ...
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WinTV PVR not working in Windows 7 (WinTV-PVR USB)

My Hauppauge WinTV-pvr USB does not work on Windows 7 Any ideas on how to fix this?
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How to increase fast-forward/rewind on Vista Media Center recorded TV shows?

How do I granularly increase the various fast-forward/rewind speed/rate for each of the speed settings for skipping through commercials? The current defaults go from barely faster than playback, too ...
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Audio-Video Sync Issue in Windows 7 Media Center

During playback of AVI file in WMC 7 there is a delay of about .5 sec in audio compared to video. Does anyone know of a way to tweak (maybe reg hack), the audio play back, like you can in vlc and ...
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No visual effects in Media Center in Remote Desktop

I tried to use Remote Desktop to connect from my laptop to my other computer (both running Windows 7 Ultimate). I then started Media Center, which worked ok. But there were no transition effects? Is ...
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Movie Library on Windows Media Center Extender

I have a share setup on a NAS server with ripped versions of my DVDs. I pointed the Windows 7 version of the Windows Media Center Movie Library feature to the network share and it's able to find and ...
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Is there a good podcast app for Windows Media Center?

I would love to easily watch podcasts on my media center machine. Is there a service or application I can run in the background which will automatically get the latest podcasts and integrate them ...
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Is it possible to “preload” all thumbs.db files in a directory?

Kind of a weird question I guess :p Was just curious to if there is a way I can preload all thumbs.db files in directory (and its sub-directories) so that when I visit those folders later in explorer ...
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Why does my HTPC's HDTV refresh rate go to 23hz when powering on (sometimes)?

I have an HTPC connected with an HDTV through a receiver, and sometimes when turning the TV on, the refresh rate is set to 23hz instead of my setting of 60hz OS: Vista Home Premium (32bit). Graphics ...
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Windows Media Extender Recording

I intend to use a Windows Home Server (WHS) as a storage medium for my movies and TV programs. Obviously, I will need a machine setup to record TV programs. What I am wondering is if it possible to ...
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Login to Windows XP without a keyboard connected

I need to login to a Windows XP Media Center Edition computer without using a keyboard. Is there any way to do this? My initial search of the internet has only turned up "no", or "you can something, ...
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My display is blank when I turn on my HDTV connected to Media Center

When I turn on my TV, it's often the case that the screen is blank and I have to unplug / plug the HDMI cable connected from the Windows Media Center to a Samsung LED TV. This problem only occurs ...
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How well does Windows 7 MCE support Clear QAM?

How well does Windows 7 MCE support ClearQAM (no-cablecard, no HD), and are there any guidelines for which capture cards work best with it? Also, I have an old laptop with a 2 Ghz Pentium M with 1 GB ...
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Media Center Remote Control : how can I configure the 4 colors buttons?

How can I configure the 4 colors buttons that came with the Windows remote for Media Center? I have searched on the web and in all menus without seeing anything about it.
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XBMC with MCE or MediaPortal

I'm an avid user of XMBC, but would also like to record some TV. I could use Windows MediaCenter or MediaPortal. MediaPortal was originaly a fork of XMBC, but I have heard many negative things about ...
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Windows 7 RC Media Center won't index library if its a share on my NAS

I recently upgraded my Media Center PC from XP MCE to the Windows 7 RC to make sure there wouldn't be any problems. Well, in addition to updating the software, I figured I'd implement my plan to use a ...
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How do I get DVDs to play after installing 4oD?

I have got a two year old, cheapo laptop (Dell Inspiron 1501) running Vista. It used to play DVD acceptably. After I installed (and the uninstalled) Channel 4's 4-on-Demand (4oD) to watch the IT ...
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Sharing media in a removable drive using Windows Media Player [closed]

I want to play some videos stored in a usb drive connected to my computer in my PS3 or XBox 360. The files that are in the non-removable drive are shared and I can play them in the PS3 and the XBox ...