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

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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 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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How to remove Media Center from Windows 8

I bought 2 Windows 8 upgrades, 1 for my PC and 1 for my notebook. I added Windows Media Center to my notebook using the free offer in November (side note: the key was emailed to me within 5 minutes, I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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TV doesn't automatically show signal from Windows Media Center

I have Windows Media Center running on Win7 RTM with a GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM-S2H motherboard. The integrated video card is an ATI Radeon HD 3200. It's connected to a Sony Bravia KDL-46XBR4 tv via HDMI ...
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How can I get Windows Media Center on my Windows 8 Enterprise install?

Windows Media Center is no longer part of the default install for any Windows SKU, due to its low use. I do use it, and plan on installing it. For a limited time, the WMC install is free, so I ...
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Windows Media Center command line options?

Is there a command line interface to Windows Media Center in Windows 7. I have an SSH daemon installed on my media center box and would love to be able log in via SSH and get the list of upcoming ...
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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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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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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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WTV and DVR-MS television recordings, should I de-interlace or not?

Following on from this question (where I am converting WTV and DVR-MS television recordings into H.264/MPEG-4 AVC to cut down on space), given the output of ffmpeg -i <filename>, how can I work ...
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In Windows Media Center, is there a way to use both digital and analog audio simultaneously?

I have a PC in my living room (HTPC) running Windows 7 Media Center. It has a Gigabyte motherboard and I am using the embedded audio. I have the analog audio output to a SONY TV and digital output to ...
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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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Is it better to add a second video card in Crossfire or replace an aging video card?

I am using Windows Media Center and have come across the ridiculousness that is DRM (ala can't play DVD/Blu Ray from computer through Xbox 360 extender onto the tv). I am looking to do something ...
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WinTV PVR not working in Windows 7 (WinTV-PVR USB) [closed]

My Hauppauge WinTV-pvr USB does not work on Windows 7 Any ideas on how to fix this?