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Media Center is not available to Windows 8 Enterprise, it's for Professional edition only. Source: Windows 8 Enterprise - Microsoft.com Windows 8 Enterprise is not eligible for the aftermarket Pro Pack add-on which includes DVD playback.


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You should first understand what "Allocation Unit Size" means. It is the smallest data block on the disk. Your actual data will be seperated to those units while saving to the disk. For example, if you have a file sized 512KB and you have 128KB allocation unit size, your file will be saved in 4 units in the disk (512KB/128KB). If your file's size is 500KB ...


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Of course a modern PC can hndle many functions of a home theater receiver. It has audio I/O interfaces as well as video I/O interfaces. At least at first instance it might make sense to use it this way as well. At second look you will find that a PC is usually not equipped with a powerful amplifier. What you get from a modern sound card are line-out and ...


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Since your machine is just for video playback, here are a few tweaks I would suggest to keep things speedy: Disable the Aero Themes. Disable UAC Disable Windows Search Indexing. These are mostly just background processes we don't generally notice when running, but It will give you a performance boost. You can find a few more things HERE. Another ...


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Perhaps the Sysinternals PsExec program would suit your needs? http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897553.aspx This allows you to launch console programs remotely and does not have a heavy installation/configuration process. This will not allow you the rich user experience of a full fledged RDP connection, but I have found it perfect for ...


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You can play Blu Ray dics in Media Center if you have the latest version of either of these two programs: TotalMedia Theatre 5 PowerDVD 10 Neither will allow you to play the disc from your computer through a media extender though. I came across this idiocy when trying to play Blu Rays or even regular DVDs through my Xbox 360 from my computer sitting 3 ...


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Before you set the VLC hotkeys, you need to set VLC as your default media player, in control panel, default programs, set your default programs, and choose VLC as default. The global hotkeys should then work with VLC, you still have to set them in VLC - tools, preferences, hotkeys, double click on the global key you want to set, VLC will prompt you to ...


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You need to bind your keys in VLC. Other answers are right on this, but were missing a couple details which I am pointing out here. Start VLC Click Tools -> Preferences Click the Hotkeys section near the bottom left. Find the key you want to bind and double click under the "Global" heading. If you double click anywhere else, you will be binding the ...


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You can "force" to create all the needed Thumbs.db if you do a search of all image files in your disk, and then set the view to "Thumbnails".


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You'll need Daemon Tools Lite and mceDTools to allow integration into Windows Media Center 7. Check out the complete guide here.


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I found an unofficial resource that will allow multiple remote desktop connections: http://www.missingremote.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3692&Itemid=232


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Add an EDID emulator with HDCP between your monitor/display and PC will solve this issue. The emulator will keep feeding HDCP and EDID info of your monitor, so your system (specially for Windows 7) will still "think" the monitor is on, even you power-off your monitor. More and More OSs (such as Windows 7 and some linux...) request to check the connected ...


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I manage the Media Browser project. It works on Windows 7, gives you coverflow, poster view, themes, detail view, deep metadata search capabilities, filtering, advanced sorting, TV metadata (from thetvdb.com), Movie metadata (from themoviedb.org), ITunes trailer, DVR-MS metadata, podcast support and more.


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First of all it depends on your budget. :) You could use Crossfire only if you want to upgrade your performance (by 1.5x to 2x). However, if you want to support 3 or more displays properly, you need at least the Radeon 5xxx series. There are several Radeon 5xxx or 6xxx which not only give you significantly better performance, but also as many as 6 display ...


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Media Center is included with Home, Pro, Ultimate and Enterprise so it will not be removed during an upgrade to Pro. Windows 7 "Anytime" Upgrade is the easiest least expensive way to upgrade, be sure to keep your anytime upgrade key somewhere safe.


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We will start with what a Windows N version is: The N edition is for the European market. It comes without Windows Media Player. It is the result of a European lawsuit against Microsoft for bundling non-essential apps into the OS. Answer to the problem seems to be its done broke: It appears that Microsoft forgot to put the "add features" options ...


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After some research it turns out that: Handbrake isn't the best tool for this, you should use ffmpeg instead. When using ffmpeg, you need to use the DVR-MS format (and not the WTV format) as the source file, otherwise you'll end up with no sound. You need to perform a couple of steps, firstly converting from WTV to DVR-MS: ...


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Perhaps the system's clock battery is low on power ? See if changing it helps.


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You can program some of the buttons (TV power and volume) on your microsoft media center remote (Assuming that's what you have)... Put the Media Center remote into learning mode by holding down the “Ok” button and the “DVD Menu” button at the same time. Once the lights have gone out, you are in learning mode. Press the button the Media Center remote (TV ...


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This problem seems to affect many people (as per search engines) with the most suspected/mentioned cause being insufficient drivers from ATI (NVIDIA apparently has updated its drivers for related issues successfully, while ATI tried that too, but some users still seem to have the same issue afterwards). Consequently you might try to find updated drivers for ...


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Yes! Whilst you can script it so that VmWare (Workstation or other) or Microsoft Virtual PC start up and boot your VM, this will most likely be slow and fustrating. If I was you right now, install VmWare Workstation or Microsoft Virtual PC and put Windows 2008 or WHS inside of that. You then retain the HTPC ability and can do whatever you want in the ...


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I finally found a working solution to this and thought I'd post it for anyone looking. Although it uses third party software (free) and not Windows Media Center, as per my question, it still does the job. ProgDVB seems to do the trick. The software is installed on both the "server" which has the TV card and the "client", say a wirelessly connected laptop ...


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Install K-Lite Codec pack. Supported formats include: AVI (.avi .divx) MPEG-PS (.mpeg .mpg .m1v .m2v .mp2v .mpv2 .evo .m2p) MPEG-TS (.ts .m2ts .m2t .mts) Matroska (.mkv .mka) MP4 (.mp4 .m4v .mp4v .mpv4 .k3g .mqv) Ogg (.ogm .ogv .ogg .oga) DVD/VCD/XVCD (.ifo .vob .dat) Flash Video (.flv) QuickTime (.mov .hdmov) RealMedia (.rm .rmvb .ra .ram) 3GP (.3gp ...


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The patch and procedure to increase the number of lines described here: Hacking Windows 7 Media Center: Increasing the Default Number of Rows in the EPG


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Use the built-in volume mixer, it can mute each application individually.


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There is a program called LM Remote which lets you tweak it. Follow this nicely written guide to see how to adjust it for Windows Media Player Classic, but I'm sure it will work for whatever you like.


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I use Shark007s codec pack, which lets me play ISO files from inside media center. I use media Browser usually to view them with, so I don't know if it works from the standard videos section


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As far as controlling Hulu, Hulu has a desktop application, offering a very complete experience that is designed to work with Media Center remotes. I wouldn't expect, or am not aware of, a method for controlling Flash content such as web-specific videos with a remote through the browser though.



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