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

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Windows Media Center/Windows Media Player CPU usage high for some users, others are fine

Two user accounts on a Windows 8.1 HTPC with a Core i5 cpu, both ordinary user accounts, no elevated privileges. One is fine, but the other account will spike CPU to 80% to cause core temp to get very ...
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How to diagnose and solve an erratic “HDCP Support Required”?

I am playing a digital tv broadcast on Windows Media Center for Windows 7. I built this system so it works with HDCP, and in fact I have been able to watch tv and bluray before with this same computer....
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How do I associate my keyboard's media keys with VLC media player?

Note: I no longer have the laptop in question, so unfortunately I can't test the answers anymore. Thanks for your effort anyway. This was nearly 3 years ago, and now I feel like it's unfair to accept ...
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Handbrake output .WMV

I'm trying to convert .AVI files to something a DMA2100 (Windows Media Center Extender) has an easier time handling. I can play .avi files but if you stop the video you have to skip back to the same ...
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Is it best to reformat the hard drive to exFAT using 512kb chunk, or smaller or bigger chunks?

I can reformat a brand new 2TB WD Passport drive to exFAT, with choice of many "Allocation Unit Size": 128kb 256kb 512kb 1024kb 4096kb 16384kb 32768kb which one is best if this drive is mainly used ...
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Windows 7 Media Center overscan settings for NVIDIA graphics card

Does anyone know how to change the overscan parameters of a CRT TV on a component out from an EVGA NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS graphics card? On my Windows XP machine there is nView; on my previous Ubuntu ...
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Forcing Windows Media Player to use EVR via GPU to decode h264 encoded files

I am using Windows 7. I can use Windows Media Player Classic Home cinema to play MKV and other h264 using my nVidia GPU to decode the video stream. To do this, I have to set the video decoder ...
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Can a computer act as a home theater receiver?

Is it possible to turn a computer into a home theater receiver? What equipment is necessary? Does Windows Media Center support this? Can they push out the same wattage?
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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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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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Recording two shows at the same time

I have two 800i tuner cards installed in my Media Center PC, It recognized the two cards when I configured it and it allows me to schedule two recordings at the same time but after I look and it says ...
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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 opens,...
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Windows Media Center/Player doesn't show all songs in a folder

I have a home theater computer running Windows 7 and WMC. It is a fresh install from 5 days ago, fully patched/updated, though I have not installed WMP 12. All my music is in a second hard drive (D:\...
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Connecting an Xbox to computer in another state using an intermediary?

I have traveled to a different state and want to connect an Xbox down here to a Win7 machine back in my home state for the purposes of being a Windows Media Center Extender. Normally, this is limited ...
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Play WTV files on non-media center PC?

I have a Home Theater PC (HTPC) running Windows 7 Media Center. I'm using SiliconDust CableCard adapters to record programming like a DVR. Works great! I'd like to view some of the recorded programs (...
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Move a valid Windows 8.1 license to a valid Windows 7 machine?

I have two computers. One is an older computer has been running Windows 7 Home with Media Center for years. But now there are issues with Media Center on that computer. Also, this computer no ...
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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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Windows 8 wmvcore.dll

I am running Windows 8 Pro N x64 without Windows Media Player (which might be called Windows Media Center in the case of Windows 8) preinstalled. Apparently certain software packages require WMP to be ...
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Broken stop button on Vista SP2 Media Center, any ideas when this will be fixed?

Well in one of the SP1 media center rollups, MS managed to break the stop button. Try: Play bear. Press stop - video pauses (frame freezes) there is no OSD Press play - video plays Press stop - ...
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Windows Media Center says “Searching for tuners” when I try to play live TV

After upgrading from Windows 8 Pro with Media Center to the 8.1 preview, I need some help in being able to watch live TV again. When I try to now, it says Please Wait. Searching for tuners. I tried ...
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Transferring .wtv files from Windows 8 Pro Media Center to OS X

Does anyone have a good way to do this using only OS X tools? That is, I have a Windows 8 Pro box that has 1 job and 1 job only, record TV shows from it's cableCARD onto its hard drive. The mac can ...
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How do I convert WTV (and DVR-MS) files into a smaller standard format?

The external hard drive on my HTPC is almost full and so I'm going to need to convert a large number of the films recorded from the television (in WTV format) into something smaller. At present, a 2 ...
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Downgrade Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center to Windows 8.1 Pro

I built my own computer, and bought a copy of Windows 8 Pro about a year ago. Entered my product key and everything during setup, went smoothly. When Windows 8.1 came out I upgraded through the ...
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Media library with variable availability [closed]

I have a collection of movies: A laptop might have a subset of these internally; the complete library might be available on a connected external disk. Various subsets might be available in the ...
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Windows Media Center playing iTunes Video

I have a video which I've bought from iTunes (stored locally), I've added it to the Media Centre library (in Windows 8 Professional) and it can't play it. The warning says: Windows media center ...
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What will happen to the users who installed the ProWMC package?

I am using a windows 8.1 computer and have installed the Media Center Pack. However, Microsoft has discontinued Windows Media Center in Windows 10 and the upgrade key was changed with my license. So ...
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fixing window media center - channel

I've gotten my WMC in a bad state. After trying various free tools to enchance WMC with channel editors and the like, it no longer updates the channel guide. What is required to reset my WMC - can I ...
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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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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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How do I remove the default program associated with an .exe in Windows 7?

Something really strange happened about 10 minutes ago. I tried to open a file named pdfsam.exe and instead of running it, Windows 7 asked me to choose a program to open the file with. Without ...
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Shortcut directly to Windows Media Center Netflix plugin

How would I create shortcut that, when executed, would launch Windows Media Center and immediately open the Netflix plugin? The idea would be to then link that to another application, or an external ...
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Autohotkey key sequence not detected (win-alt-enter) '#' and '!' getting ignored

I am trying to remap the MCE remote green button that sends win-alt-enter (confirmed same LWin, LAlt, and Enter being sent) to just the windows key (LWin is fine). I found #!Enter:: on several forums ...
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Windows media center Extender Error

I recently brought a new computer and when i try to link my Xbox 360 to my external hard drive using windows media centers extender option (what everyone uses) but i get this error after 2 steps and ...
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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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Can I play Blu-ray movies from an external drive?

I have a media center behind my TV and a DVD drive in an external enclosure (connected via USB) where I can reach it. I'd like to put a Blu-ray drive in there instead, but I'm concerned that it won't ...
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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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Windows Media Center Online TV Plugin

There are tons of (free) online channels and websites dedicated to those channels. However, I have yet to see a plugin that combines them under one "umbrella" and allows users to view them from ...
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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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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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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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Streaming Windows Media Center to Samsung Smart TV

I was wondering if there was any way in which I could stream shows that I have recorded with windows media center to my samsung smart tv without having to connect and xbox to it, I am very new to ...
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Nesting Folders in Windows 7 for a Media Center

I have built a DVR comp using 2x 3TB HD's and and want my tuner card to be able to record movies and tv as long as I have space on either one of them, unfortunately Win 7 forced me to partition one of ...
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Windows Media Centre Download For Windows Home Basic

How and from where can I download Windows Media Center for my laptop running Windows Home Basic as it does not come pre installed with it. Help in this regard, if no any alternatives you would like ...
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Removing Netflix From WMC8 And Adding Online Libraries?

I just installed Media Center on my 8.1 Pro laptop earlier and I am trying to figure a few things out. I looked for a good online guide to MC but I couldn't find one... First question, how do I get ...
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Install ONLY Media Center On 8.1 Laptop With 8.1 Pro ISO?

I have a Dell laptop that came with Windows 8.1. (I guess it's not an "update" since it came with 8.1 out of the box.) I just purchase a legitimate version of Windows 8.1 Pro (student) edition from ...
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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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Netflix Windows Media Center Plugin Missing Windows 8.1

Due to various reasonings I upgraded to Windows 8.1 Pro. I also purchased the Media Center addon from MS. On Windows 7 I had Netflix for Media Center, in Windows 8.1 I cannot seem to download/find ...
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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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Is it possible to have Media Center show details for my movie files?

I just switched to the Windows 7 media center for TV and generally love the interface but the Movie tab won't pull movie data like it would in xbmc or another alternate. Is there a way of getting ...
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Windows 7 Media Center: sometimes no sound on a TV channel

Problem Sometimes, recorded TV shows have no sound. This is of course very annoying because the recorded show is worthless. Also, when switching channels while watching live TV, sometimes a channel ...