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How do I associate my keyboard's media keys with VLC?

I've got an ASUS K50AF series notebook with Windows 7 Home Premium x64. I'm using VLC, and I want to use media keys (play, pause, rewind, forward, stop) with it. Currently, it's associated with ...
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What are some tweaks to Windows 7 that can be done for a HTPC?

I've built a HTPC and would like to optimize Windows 7 to dedicate as much of the resources to Media playback through the HTPC. I'll be using XBMC and Media Center (testing them out, and making a ...
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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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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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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 to slipstream Windows 8 Pro Pack?

Another query that might take some time to get answered... As of now, AFAIK the Pro/Media Center Pack can only be downloaded via the "Add features" option in Windows 8. Is there an offline installer ...
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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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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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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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Media Centre on Windows 8

I am trying to install media centre on windows 8. I downloaded a key and installed it on my laptop with no problems. When I try to install on it my desktop it informs me that the key checks out but ...
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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 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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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Zune Pass with Media Center

I would like to share a music folder on my network with my Media Center machine and play my Zune Pass music through the Media Center software. The problem I am having is that since the music is DRM ...
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How can I disable the IR/Remote Control on an HP Laptop?

I've seen this happen on 2 different HP laptops now. If I try to use them in the same room as a Media Center, the MCE TV remote keeps sending commands to the laptop. This can do anything from wake ...
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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 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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How do I find out why Windows Media Center won't play a movie?

I have a very very old movie (The Thing from Another Planet) that I have saved in AVI format. It plays perfectly through Windows Media Player. When I select it through the Pictures and Videos in ...
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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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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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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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Is there a software version of a Windows Media Center Extender? [closed]

Looking for a Windows and/or Mac version of a Windows Media Center Extender. Whatever happened to SoftSled?
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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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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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windows media center equivalent for the mac [closed]

I currently run Windows Media Center on a mac mini. It is a bit silly that I purchase a whole windows license just to run WMC. Is there equivalent software for the mac ... here are the requirements. ...
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Cheap/simple way to turn TV on/off using computer and/or Windows Meda Center remote

I have a Windows Media Center HTPC, and it's great. I'm trying to rid myself of one last minor inconvenience, though. The only thing I need my TV remote for on a day-to-day basis is to turn the TV ...
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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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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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Can we get greater than 3TB using Windows 7 Media Center?

I have been a Windows7 media center user (with extender) since Windows7 was released. Windows 7 Media Center requires a "local" drive to be selected for Recorded TV. Also switching between local ...
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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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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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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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“Add Features to Windows 8” menu missing

I have a Windows 8 Pro N x64 install and want to add der Media Center Feature Pack. Had anybody figured out how to do this? I already tried control /name Microsoft.WindowsAnytimeUpgrade and nothing ...
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How to add Windows Media Center?

On Windows 8 Pro, I'm trying to add Windows Media Center using the Add features to Windows 8 dialog, but when I enter my product key I get the message This key won't work. Check it and try again, or ...
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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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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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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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Windows Media Center (Vista): add-on or software for cutting tv recordings?

I own a Windows Media Center (Vista) which I use for recording tv shows and movies. I'd like to archive some of the material I record. I need a good solution which allows me to cut the recordings in ...
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How to add Media Center Pack to Windows 8 Pro?

I tried to obtain it from the Add Features website, but it doesn't seem to work -- I tried two different e-mail addresses from different providers, waited 10 hours and checked my spam folders, but no ...