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Upgrade XP Media Center to Windows 7?

Question: Upgrade XP Media Center to Windows 7?

I'm lacking an answer as to which version to install...32 or 64bit? All I know is it is a Media Center PC, but it doesn't say 32 or 64...is there a website that can tell me this?

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Preferred Solution: Upgrade XP Media Center to Windows 7?

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Answer: Upgrade XP Media Center to Windows 7?

What CPU does it have? Anyway if it's been built within the last five years you'll be able to (and should) install the 64-bit version.

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Yes, I seem to have made a mistake; I have 4 GB RAM but I've read (and the system information confirms) that only 3.25 or so is accessible by this version of Windows XP. Or rather the suppliers of my PC made a mistake.Can someone please tell me:[1] Does Windows XP Professional x64 in fact remove RAM restrictions,[2] Is it possible to upgrade from Win XP Media Center? Since it's presumably radically different, I suspect not.[3] I'm using XP because I need desktop searching, and there's some sort of legal dispute between Google Desktop and Microsoft - the latter being accused of arranging their system to lock out Google (surprise). Since I doubt Vista offers much more than XP, I went for that; but maybe this is outdated or wrong.

Answer:Upgrade from Win XP media center -> Windows XP 64i

1) it will see all of your 4Gb of ram. It should be able to see 100Gb+ of ram and work with it.2)If you have a 64bit motherboard and cpu, yes.

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Can someone confirm if this is true? I was told that if you upgrade to 10 from 8.1 that has WMC, that the program will still be there. It apparently is only lost if you do a clean install. Is that true? The main reason I havent upgraded to 10 is bc I thought it meant losing that program which I depend on.

Answer:Windows Media Center with W10 upgrade?

Nope you lose it on the upgrade too. Sorry to be the bringer of bad news, but good you asked first

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This is just a FYI for fellow Windows Media Center users on Windows 10. If you use cablecards, DO NOT UPGRADE to the anniversary upgrade. It will break the connection.
Windows Media Center no longer will see the cablecard any more after the upgrade. This has been confirmed by Ceton and HDR users. After installing your cablecard software, WMC will just show "No tuner found" There has been a lot of reports of it.
There is a bunch of people looking into it.
If you do not use WIndows Media Center or hate it, or just want to bash it, PLEASE do not reply to this thread. There are no need for useless posts like that.

Answer:FYI: IF you use Windows Media Center on 10 with cablecards DONT UPGRADE (anniversary)

Thanks for this information. I trust you'll be keeping us up to date on this situation and its eventual (I hope) resolution.

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I installed Win8Pro and was given a free complimentary upgrade to Media Center which I added through the "Add Features" function with the serial I was emailed from microsoft. So I had to reinstall Win8Pro from disk because my backup became corrupt and tried to add the feature as I did before and it asked me for the serial and it seemed like it was adding the feature but really just hung the system and now when I try to add the feature it doesn't try to add media center.

Am I stuck reinstalling and when asked for the serial for windows 8 pro I have to use the media center serial i was given from Microsoft?

thanks,

--Kenny

Answer:Windows Media Center Win8Pro Complimentary Upgrade lost

Hello Kenny, and welcome to Eight Forums.

When you reinstall Windows 8 Pro, you would need to enter your Windows 8 Pro product key as usual.

After Windows 8 is finished installing, you would then use Add Features again to add Windows Media Center Pack with the WMC key.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Can this be done? I've received conflicting opinions on this.

I was told by Netflix that I need Windows Media Player Vers 11 in order to instant view movies from their site. I have version 10 and it will not work with netflix.

I tried to download and install Windows Media Player 11 onto my Gateway 901 Media Center PC, but I got a message that said I needed to have Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 in order to down load and install media player vers 11.

I contacted Gateway who told me that this was not possible with my machine, as the Media Center Edition 2005 software comes with new machines and cannot be installed as an upgrade to previous editions with out compatable hardware.

I called Netflix and told them this and they said, "Bah, Humbug" Not true, but could not tell me how to do it and told me to call Gateway back.

I've searched the threads here and the net and have not been able to find anything tells me I can.

Anyone here shed any light on this?

Glenn
 

Answer:Upgrade Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 to 2005

Try the advice given in this posting:

http://blogs.pcworld.com/staffblog/archives/000317.html
 

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Hello everyone. So I just got the Xbox 360 COD special edition. I'm checking out all my features on the Xbox. There's an option to somehow connect your computer to your Xbox. The requirement is to go through the Media Center. Well, first time starting up the Media Center on my computer, and I'm not able to get the Media Center to open. I receive an error right on startup of the program. It ends up generating a crash report, and closes. I've take 2 screenshots of the error. The first screenshot is of the first error that comes up upon opening the Media Center. The second screenshot is of another error I get when I choose to cancel instead of clicking ok on the first error. I thought getting the most information to you guys would be the best.

I run Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition Version 2005 Service Pack 3.

Looking forward to your suggestions. Thanks a lot
 

Answer:Windows Media Center Edition Error - Attempting to open Media Center

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i am unable to upgrade to windows 10 from windows 8.1 media centre ?

Answer:I am unable to upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 8.1 media center?

Sign up for an account and keep talking because that's nowhere near enough information to narrow down your problem.
Also note that you'll lose Media Center if you upgrade.

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Hello Two questions?
1) kcrg-dt3 is showing the same as kwkb-dt2 for programs, the one recently merged or purchased the other tv stations. But titantv guide shows the correct programming now. The call signs and sub channel stuff is correct. Just the programming is wrong or whats
on. 
2) The second question is if I upgrade to windows 7 premium, then update to the free windows 10 it will have media center. I have windows 7 home upgrade now from vista. Or am I totally confused?
Thanks in advance for any Help?

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Hiya

The Media Center Solitaire PowerToy for Windows XP Media Center Edition enables you to play Solitaire on your Media Center PC from anywhere in the room using the remote control.

Note: We've taken great care to ensure that PowerToys operate as they should, but they are not part of Windows XP Media Center Edition and are not supported by Microsoft. For this reason, Microsoft Technical Support is unable to answer questions about PowerToys. These PowerToys are for Windows XP Media Center Edition only.
System Requirements
Supported Operating Systems: Windows XP

Windows XP Media Center Edition
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...66-a873-42e6-a6af-9822b03432b6&DisplayLang=en

Regards

eddie
 

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I have just finished building a HTPC. What I am trying to do is install Windows 8 Pro builder version on my new HTPC and then upgrade to Windows 8.1. and then purchase and install Windows Media center?

My question is in what sequence do I install all this??

The other question is I want to install windows 8 pro on a raid 0 configuration using 2 Samsung 256GB SSD's. My thinking is that I have to first create the raid 0 config, CTRL+i, then install windows 8 pro on the Raid configuration? I have already set the Sata controller to Raid mode and updated the bios.

Any help or guidance would be greatly appreciated.

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Hello All,
I am currently running a standard version of Windows 8.1 but I would like to upgrade to Windows 8.1 Pro with the Media Center. Is there a cheap/free way to do this that is legitimate, I don't want no gray method. I guess I bought my operating system without doing any research. Thanks in advance.

Answer:Upgrade To Windows 8.1 Pro with Windows Media Center

Hi Rocky From what I can read on Microsoft website, you can only install the "Windows Media Center Pack" from a Windows 8.1 Professional installation. If you have the standard Windows 8.1, you won't be able to install the Media Center Pack. Therefore you'll have to buy Windows 8.1 Professional followed by the Media Center Pack, or just buy "Windows 8.1 Professional with Windows Media Center". In anyway, you cannot buy the pack separately for your current edition of Windows 8.1.To install Windows 8.1 Pro Pack, you must be running Windows 8.1; to install Windows 8.1 Media Center Pack, you must be running Windows 8.1 Pro.Source: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/feature-packsTo be honest, there's no "cheap" way, nor is there a "free" way to get a copy of a Windows OS. The only way to get "free" copies if via MSDN, but even there you have to pay for a licence so it's not really free. What you'll have to do here is to shop online and throught retail stores to find the cheapest price for a copy of Windows 8.1 Professional with Windows Media Center.

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when the first windows upgrade appeared I signed on for upgrade 26/07/2015 windows upgrade gave me a message saying everything on my laptop (pc) is ready to upgrade even all app not from Microsoft are compatible with windows 10
29/07/15 I had 5 failed upgrade Microsoft say I must do this

I did everything to the letter and have same stuff in
C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download


WE VALIDATEING WINDOWS 10 FOR YOUR PC
WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU UPGRADE AFTER YOU GET YOUR NOTIFICATION THAT WINDOWS
10 IS READY FOR YOUR SPERSIFIC PC
OK NOTIFY ME WHEN READY
TANK YOu
TAFFA

Answer:windows 10 upgrade from windows 8.1 pro with media center

Hello TAFFA, and welcome to Ten Forums.
If you like, you could also upgrade to Windows 10 using step 3 below.

Windows 10 - Upgrade Installation - Windows 10 Forums

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I need to upgrade my XP media center edition 2002 - is this possible without having to do a clean install of an upgraded version. I would appreciate any and all suggestions. Thanks.
 

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I'm running XP Pro SP2 on another computer of mine and it's my entertainment computer, I was wondering if the upgrade to Media Center edition would be worth it. I have a new TV-Tuner card that's compatable with it, WMP11, and other things, I was wondering if the upgrade to Media Center make anything easier for me or better in terms of entertainment.

Answer:Upgrade To Media Center

If it was me I would stick with the Pro. I ran media edition and really don't see nothing Pro can't do.

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WIN XP Media center, Can not upgrade to SP3!

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WIN XP Media center, Can not upgrade to SP3!

XP WINDOWS MEDIA CENTER (2005)
Product number: PX769AA
Athlon 64 3500+ 2.2 GHz
Socket 939
Manufacture Date: 27-May-2005
Chipset: ATI Radeon XPress 200
Motherboard Name: MSI- MS-7093 / Albacore-GL6E
Audio Controller: AC97 audio
1GB PC3200 - 184 pin, DDR SDRAM
Integrated graphics
Hard Drive: 250 GB SATA

I'm trying to help out my niece and take her old puter and tweek it by doing a RECOVERY, updating firmware and drivers, and also trying to update SP3 and .Net framework 2, but even with Windows update on Automatic, and I've tried to search on Windowsupdate site, when i get to the page with EXPRESS or CUSTOM the Express takes me to a page that has only one option....IT developers that need to update on more than one computer, then it says if you only need to update to one computer, then go to this site". I'm going around in circles here! Then I get this message below:
"The website has encountered a problem and cannot display the page you are trying to view. The options provided below might help you solve the problem."
ERROR # 0x8024400A

Auto updates are ON and enabled...why doesn't Windows update the SP3 and .NET FRAMEWORK?
 

Answer:WIN XP Media center, Can not upgrade to SP3!

you need to manually download them, xp is end of life, and rarely updates work anymore.
 

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I would like to upgrade from xp to media center. I use SharePro. can I download xp Media Centerwithout worrying about messing anything up?
 

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Is it possible to upgrade Windows XP pro to Windows XP Media Center Edition, or will I need to format my machine?
 

Answer:Upgrade to Media Center?

Thats more of a downgrade, as you'll be losing some of the Pro features...

MCE is only available as an OEM disc, thus, it is not possible to "upgrade" to it. Although, you could install it parallel to your current copy of Pro...
 

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I'm planning on upgrading to Windows 7 and need to know what bit rate Windows XP Media Center edition 2005 uses. 32 or 64 or did it come in both? I am reinstalling Windows 7 over XP because it has crashed and I cannot access the computer. It's the family computer. Please, any help is greatly appreciated.

Answer:XP media center edition upgrade

That depends on your computers Computer Processor Unit (CPU) I would reckon if you bought it from a retail outlet then its 99% probably going to be a 32bit system you have unless you bough a high end beast at a high cost. TO double check yourself in your XP system right click my computer and select properties and it will normally tell you what operating system and type (32bit or 64bit)

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My brother just gave me 200 dollars, to help upgrade his computer.

He has a Sony Media Center PC that is P4 3.2 , 2 x 256 3200 ram, a 200 GB non sata HD, and 2 dvd burners. Plus a a pretty cool capture card and a FX 5200, and Audiagy Sound Card.

Anyway he wants to make the computer faster for Video editing not gaming.

He has an extra 2 slots for ram and I'm thinking of getting 2 x 512mb ram, Maybe these http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...220-037&depa=1

Or should I get him a Raptor HD?

Now he has a small cramped case and a generic 300 watt PSU. Should I take some of the money and get him a better PSU, or invest in some cooling options?

Answer:200 to upgrade a Media Center PC, need advice

tell him to put in 200 more dollar and get a Mpeg 2 Hardware encoder card like a canopus or hollywood

the prices has came down on these card as they used to cost a grand or 2. you can get them for 400-500 dollars now

this is what the professional's (movie producers) has used for years and they are faster than any processor/ ram combo

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Can I upgrade to Media Center if I already have XP Pro installed?
 

Answer:Upgrade from XP Pro SP2 to Media Center w/o Reformat?

Nope, Media center dosent exist in a upgrade package.. it only available as a standalone install.
 

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I am running media center 2002 SP3 and want to upgrade to MCE2005 so that I can use my 360 as an extender. Can anyone help with an upgrade.
 

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VERY BIG PROBLEMi went to this site http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...;displaylang=en and downloaded sp3. i had windows media center 2004 sp2 b4 i did this. i dled it and installed and then restarted my pc and now my pc wont boot. not even in safe mode. it makes it to the windows xp boot screen and then restarts. i dont no wat do and my computer wont turn on so i need help pronto ty

Answer:Media Center Upgrade Sp3 Issues

You may have to reformat. Installing beta software on mission critical machines is generally not a good idea. There is no published way to remove SP3 from a non-bootable system, but these instructions are for SP2 and they might work:http://support.microsoft.com/kb/875350Because you have Media Center Edition, and therefore do not have a windows disk, you are probably out of luck, unless by some small chance you had installed the recovery console.Good luck,Billy3

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i have a sony vaio xp-home sp2
planning to upgrade to pro-media center
? is it safe to upgrade w/o changing all my settings, installed programs and files in my pc
? will the installation ask for my original xp-home disc i used
? if so, will i have problem using the sony vaio recovery cd's
 

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i have a sony vaio xp-home sp2
planning to upgrade to pro-media center
? is it safe to upgrade w/o changing all my settings, installed programs and files in my pc
? will the installation ask for my original xp-home disc i used
? if so, will i have problem using the sony vaio recovery cd's

Answer:[XP Pro] upgrade from home to pro(media center)

1 - When in doubt, always do a clean install. You can do this with upgrade-only media by formatting like you would with standard media. It will ask for a qualifying product - that's where your Sony restore cd's come in to play.

2 - See 1

3 - See 1

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I am a Media Center user and in my home its my only computer.
I use Win7 for Work and Taking Care of Stuff for the Home...
and about 2 years ago I went from a part time Media Center User to
a Hardcore record everything on cable before I cut the cord user.
But after I cut the cord and go to Antenna I am just at the range where
TV Signals arent stable unless I install a 50foot tower and a really large antenna.
But even so I will want to record everything that way when 2 shows conflict during primetime
I will have it to watch when Jerry Springer or Judge Judy is on.
I will also have everything I have recorded off of Cable and I will be Legal
meaning watching torrents won't get my internet shut off
Which means my Phone would also get cut off along with my ability to make money as
a developer part time...
Streaming might be the solution for some people but it comes with a cost.
Either you are paying for services that add up to a higher cost than your cable or dish packages.
You are forced to resort to illegal torrents or sites.
or you end up paying higher costs for internet because it takes a ton of bandwidth to stream HD 1080p to the living room, kids room, parents .. whatever all at the same time ..
That free Gigabit Google ain't no where to be seen... so you will be buying 100-200Mbit plans so you can keep your TV, Phone, Alarm / Video Surveillance online at the same time and still surf the web and update your android apps on your cell...
You ever had Video Streaming, someo... Read more

Answer:15% of Windows Users are Media Center Users that Can't Upgrade

Please check this DVBLink wiki
I used this app a while ago to watch and record IPTV on Windows Media Center. But I think they can do it with other sources too. The latest version can record TV server side so you don't need a Windows Media Center anymore. And now I use Plex server for all of my Video stuff instead of Windows Media Center.
It's really a shame MS stopped so many successful apps.

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Hey all,

I have a laptop which is currently running on sp1, and i want to upgrade it to media center edition, i have the disks, but it does not want to load past xp sp1, i cannot find any installation files for media center edition, but know it works, as i have done it on my desktop computer, albeit a few monthas ago now, Can you help? Cheers
 

Answer:Laptop on Xp sp1 - upgrade to media center edition

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Here's the problem:

I purchased two Windows 8 Pro Keys from Microsoft, one for myself and one for a laptop I sold. Unfortunately, after I upgraded to Windows Media Center, I lost track of which key belongs to my laptop. Since a new key was generated for my installation with Media Center, I have no idea how to determine which original key belongs to my laptop. Any ideas on how to determine the original key would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Answer:Finding Original Win 8 Pro Key after Media Center Upgrade

Try this vbs script---

ShowKey v1.3.vbs

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Hi all.  I've been cleaning and updating my granddaughter's desktop PC.  This model uses an Asus P5BW-LA rev 1.05 MB (HP/Compaq name: Buckeye-GL8E), an Intel E6300 CPU with 4x1GB of PC2-6400 RAM and is running a 64-bit Windows 10 Pro installation. I thought I would upgrade the CPU while I was at it and bought a used E6700 which is part of the same Intel product line with all the same specs, except for the clock speed being faster.  The rated FSB on both chips is 1066 and HP's documentations says it should work: http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c00748726 However -- there's always a however isn't there -- the E6700 won't boot into BIOS.  No beep codes or any other indication, just never brings up the boot screen.  I've reset CMOS, tried faster RAM and tried slower RAM but none of those things make any difference.  I checked to see if there was a later/updated BIOS but it appears there was only ever one produced, v3.17, and that's what is currently installed. Does anyone know if there is some technical limitation -- like CPU model being hard coded in BIOS or some such thing -- that keeps this from working or have I likely purchased a bad cpu chip? Thanks in advance for your help. HowardResmond, WA

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Hi,

My Qosmio E15-AV101 was shupped with Media Center 2002 SP1. I've made the automatic update from Microsoft and also downloaded SP2 package. The Upgrade process Always fails. When I fed-up, I've contacted MS technical support for the reason my Media center rejecting the upgrade. Microsoft replyed that the version shipped with Toshiba and other Manufacturers equipment are customized to match the Manufacturer hardware full Compatibility.
Quote:
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Note that part of the OEM and Microsoft agreement is to allow Original Equipment Manufacturer`s to provide support for products they have installed on a particular computer. This agreement was made only because OEMs often modify and pre-install Microsoft software on their computers to ensure compatibility and to take full advantage of your computer?s hardware. This means the OEM has the expertise on how your Microsoft software works on your particular computer.
"

So, is the solution to my problem. How to upgrade?

Answer:Qosmio E15: How to upgrade Media Center 2002 SP1 to SP2?

Some additional comments:

1-Why Toshiba not providing a software upgrade for Windows Media Center versions and What about the coming new Windows Version (Vista)?

2- If I format my OS and Install XP pro instead of Media center than will be there a possibility to enabled the TV tuner and the Toshiba function key as it was in Media Center?

3-As a person living out the states, where I can call Toshiba Support and why Toshiba not having an online support like other companies?

3- How long it will take from Toshiba to reply to THOSE CONCERNS?



[Edited by: admin]

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i currently have XP Media Center on my Labtop. was just wondering if i buy the upgrade to Vista Home Premium will i be able to keep my files? I did download the program Windows provides and run it to check programs and devices but imjust asking about the physical files like photos and music. Will those still be on my Hard Drive? Also do the upgrades actually work? or are you just left with a whole bunch of problems afterwards?

Answer:Upgrade XP Media Center to Home Premium?

yes if u get the upgrade version you will be able to keep them...what are your laptops specs. My advice DONT DO IT. vista drivers are unstable trust me i know.

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I paid extra about a year ago for Windows Media Center add on for my new computer. I've used MCE since it 1st came out a hundred yrs ago and am 100% happy with it. But I use Win 10 at work and really like it, and would love to upgrade at home but MCE is not supported. I like taping my programs off cable just as much as I want to upgrade so I am irritated that I can't have both!
I've tried a couple of other media programs, can't remember their names though, but I just don't understand how to get them to work, and besides, none have the look and feel and performance of Media Center.
Eventually I will be forced to dump it, but please please tell me there is something good to replace it with and you don't have to be a computer science major to install it and get it to work properly!

Answer:Really want to upgrade but I paid $100 extra for media Center

Give KODI a try on your current system. If you like it, it runs on W10. And its free and open source.

https://kodi.tv/about/

Jim

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Hello,i got this media center pc,and i want to upgrade the pentium 4 processor to a dual core pentium E2140.i did that but now when i turn on the pc it is blowing very hard and giving no signal.does anyone know what the problem is?is the motherboard compatible with the processor?the processor is socket 775 like the pentium 4.resetting cmos does not work. Thanks.

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Hello,
I am new to Bleeping Computer.com

I subscribed to this site through the suggestions by Microsoft and Elephant
boy.com.

Have two computers both Dell Inspiron laptops. 1 new running Windows 7 and the old one Windows XP Media Center Sp3.

Hope to have help eliminating problems with old laptop. Have 17 year old son who visited unnamed sites and have infected it.

Will be installing new 80gb hard drive and upgrading to more RAM memory on old laptop and then installing Windows 7.

Any suggestions will be appreciated.

Hymnsinger2000

Answer:XP Media Center SP3 Virus removal and Upgrade

If you don't have a CD capability for installing MCE on the new hard drive...I would not do so yet.The upgrade version of Win 7...executes a clean install of XP...but it does a search of the system before to see if the user actually qualifies to install said upgrade version of Win 7. What I did was leave my XP on one hard drive and installed Win 7 on a second drive, no problem. That seems like it would be a good procedure for you to follow. After Win 7 is installed on the new drive, you can just delete your XP install on the old drive and that takes care of any viruses and your now-useless MCE install.Skip all that , that applies only to desktops and you have laptops.Although some of us have Win 7 installs on our systems...you can probably get more/better info re Win 7 situations by posting in that forum.http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/167/windows-7/Louis

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Hi,

Just looking for some advice on upgrading my comp. Hp Media centre edition m1180.uk. Am i better buying a new machine or is this one upradeable. Graphics card might aswell be a slice of toast its that useless.

Any ideas to turn it into a bit of a gaming machine would be appreciated

Cheers

LL
 

Answer:Upgrade advice for HP Media Center m1180.uk

Depends on what you want it to do. If want more speed then adding more RAM should be fairly cheap, for gaming add a video card and more memory. It doesn't look too bad overall.
 

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It came with 1 GB (2-500 MB) from factory, I added 2-1 GB cards for a total of 3 GB which was more than XP supported but now I have Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit that supports 16 GB and I?d like to upgrade to the max it will support. I do have BIOS greater than 7 but it doesn?t look anything like the document I found online here shows and so is no help.

Answer:memory upgrade for Media Center m7265c

Hi, From the following information, it supports 4GB max     http://www.crucial.com/usa/en/compatible-upgrade-for/HP---Compaq/media-center-m7265c MemoryComponent                   AttributesMemory Installed1 GB (2 x 512)Maximum allowed4 GB* (4 x 1 GB) requires the replacement of the installed 512 MB DIMMs*Actual available memory may be lessSpeed supportedPC2-3200 MB/secType240 pin, DDR2 SDRAMDIMM slotsFourOpen DIMM slotsTwo  Source:   http://h20564.www2.hp.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=c00511147 Regards.

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I know its media center as if you go to properties of my computer it says media center, and it is from my buddy who has an MSDN sub, I watched him DL it for me from the MSDN site.
Its legit and updates and everything, its not a pirated copy or anything shady. I want to use media center for TV/video/music, but its just NOT THERE I have re-installed and everything.

SO... Any thoughts?

Is it because the PC doesnt have a TV card?
Is it the 512megs ram? (I will be upgrading, in a month or so)
Here are the specs on the machine just in case that matters (I dont think it does, does it?)

Sempron 3100+ (sock 754)
ECS mobo (crap but only 754 pci x mobo at the time)
2 sticks of 256 megs pc3200
PCI-X X800XL
Dell OEM sbi live (the SB0200 POS, Ill be replacing that as well)
Maxtor 250 IDE
Dell OEM DVD drive (not burner)
Netgear PCI 802.11G card (meh but works)
 

Answer:Installed Media center 05. Media center isnt showing up in programs list...

I've never seen it do that, but it has nothing to do with the hardware configuration. On a side note, this thread will probably be locked, because you are in fact using pirated software. You don't own a TechNet subscription, so you aren't authorized to use it. Your friend is also an idiot for giving out his TechNet software, as he could risk haven't his subscription cancelled.
 

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Will my preinstalled programs in Windows Media Center 2005 such as Sonic DigitalMedia Home, Nortons Internet Security 2007 (well not really preinstalled), and my full version Microsoft Office 2003 Standard Ediiton still be in Vista when I upgrade it (Home Premium)?

Answer:Win Xp Media Center 2005 Upgrade To Vista Premium

You need to run the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor. Then you'll know for sure.

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I am in the process of rebuilding this desktop and I would like to update the BIOS if possible. Current BIOS rev is (5.09 06/08/2007). I was unable to find one under product support.

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I installed Windows 8, and now avi files look like poo when played through Windows Media Center on my PC or X-box. The same .avi file looks great when Windows Media Player is used though.... I was using Windows 7 before the "upgrade" and Media Center worked just fine on my PC and X-box.
Example of what I'm talking about:

What the video looks like with Media Center:
Same file using Media Player:
Does anyone have a clue why the same damned file looks so different between two Windows programs.....and how I can fix this? We preferred using Media Center on the X-box before this "upgrade"...

Answer:Windows Media Player vs Media Center avi issues

I use media player classic home cinema x64. I never experience crap like that.

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I have Vista Home Premium and am trying to run "TVersity Media Server" to share videos to my XBOX 360. From the help screens for the application, I noticed that Windows Media Sharing must be disabled, or the 360 will not see TVersity server at all. I have Windows Media Center (included with Vista Premium). I believe I have found the option to disable sharing in "Network and Sharing Center". However, the "CHANGE" button doesn't do anything! I can click it, but it doesn't do anything! Any ideas? This is pretty much a clean install of Vista. Thanks!
 

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Ever since WMP11 came out I have been searching the web to see if there is any way whatsoever to get Windows Media Player 11 to run on XP MC2002. I heard from a friend that I can do a registry change. Any ideas on that, or any ideas on getting WMP11 to work on XPMC2002? All help appreciated.

Answer:Windows Media Player 11 on XP Media Center 2002?

I found this click here not sure how much help it is

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Hi,

Still trying to figure out what it is that keeps waking up my computer from sleep.

I looked in the event logs and found this:
The system has returned from a low power state.
Sleep Time: ‎2015‎-‎08‎-‎30T03:12:34.409741300Z
Wake Time: ‎2015‎-‎08‎-‎30T03:30:51.010471500Z
Wake Source: Timer - Windows will execute 'NT TASK\Microsoft\Windows\Media Center\mcupdate_scheduled' scheduled task that requested waking the computer.

What I don't understand is why is mcupdate waking the computer if Media Center was removed from Windows 10.

But more importantly how do I stop this from happening?

Thanks

Answer:Why is media center waking my computer if media center was removed?

Check your task scheduler to ensure there is no task under media center. If there is, delete it.

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I have Windows Vista Premium 64bit. I was using Windows Media Player which comes on it. Then I clicked on Windows Media Center one day to check it out, it also came with it. When I went to use my media player to play my music I was informed that it has stopped working, it says a problem has caused it to stop correctly, windows will check for a solution and get back to me. WHAT?! Anyway could the Media Center have turned off the media player? I tried to turn it back on manually but nothing happened.:confused
 

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Help. I have a HP media center computer. I have never used Media player and rarely use the Media Center software. Until yesterday when I tried to set up media player for my preshcooler to watch some video that I have on my HDD. Media Center view is very confusing for a kid so I thought I would use the Media Player and set up a library. Well nothing works. The darn thing will play a dvd in the dvd drive, but it won't play any video thats on the hdd including downloaded itunes video. Life in my house is becoming more unpleasent by the moment, because mommy can't fix Jake Long the American Dragon. AHHHH, I want to be able to configure Media Center or Media Player to show info on a video, ie rating, genre, thumbnail of cover, that type of thing. I would like to set it up to be as easy as possible to use, point and clink. So my little girl can get to her stuff visually. I spent hours on the phone with HP and they said I needed a file converter. Well I tried that and I'm only making a mess of things. There has got to be a way. I have to be doing something simple wrong. I did the search and it seemed to find the files but didn't add any of them. This is really driving me nuts. I can't believe that I would have to convert itunes files to play in the media center. Not to mention every other file type I have. Which I have no idea. It seems most are *.VOB but this thing won't add any of my video files, not home recorded dvd stuff, not itunes, not backup dvds. Please tell me what I'm do... Read more

Answer:windows media center and media player

I am a mature adult, have been messing with computers for about 10 years and I find Windows Media Player to be a complex pile of dookie. So it's no surprise that the preschooler is perplexed.

The freeware alternative I use Media Player Classic, which is much simpler and does a fine job of doing both video and audio.

Download here

Also, download & install the Klite Video Codec Pack, which will allow you to run DivX, Xvid and any other video format you might want.

http://www.free-codecs.com/download/...Codec_Pack.htm

Please update this thread on how well/if this works for you.

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Compared with some I've read, my issue may seem trivial, but, whenever I use Windows Media Center to play music, and click to activate the Visualizations, a gray box attaches itself to the bottom of the screen, with the album title inside.

There is no visualization playing. I can see the albums when looking at the library, and everything else seems to work ok, but this is annoying.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Answer:media center visualizations don't play in Media Center

Hi GraphicsGuy, An annoying issue is still an annoying issue. Have you tried turning the visualizations on in:Tasks>Settings>Music>Visualizations ?

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I'm not sure if this is the right place, feel free to move it to the right board....A couple of months ago I had some problems with my computer and I went and restored it to factory settings.  It fixed the problem that I was having, however, now I cannot use my Media Center any more.  Now whenever I open it, I get this message:COMPONENT REGISTRATION FAILURESome of the files needed to play radio or video are missing or corrupt.  Media Center component registration may have failed.I then push OK and get this:CRITICAL PROCESS FAILUREA critical Media Center process has unexpectedly failed.  If problems persist, please restart your machine and try again, or contact technical support.  Code: 3Also, I cannot get it to close unless I restart my computer.I was just wondering if, when I reset my computer if it messed up the files for it.  Does anyone know how to fix this?  Should I reset it back to factory settings again?Thanks!

Answer:Windows Media XP... Media Center Help

The problem probably lies in the restore process itself...since no updates or addons are retained all you may have to do is DLoad and install the .net framework version1.1.Info Here

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How do you fix the problem with windows media player ... I play a video and sometimes see MPMF.exe running on high CPU usage and when I run video on full screen, sometimes there is lag between audio/video or in general!Do you recommend windows media center or some third party programs like Cyberlink PowerDVD or WinDVD player?

Answer:windows media player / windows media center

What is MPMF.exe? (MediaPoint Manager?)What Windows version? Computer specs, please, including video card info.

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I try to install windows media player 11 and it says i need to have rollup 2 but when i go to the autoupdates it doesnt get it for me. Anyone know why this is happening or how to get media player 11? My friend has media center too and he has media center 11 installed on his computer so i know it will work.
 

Answer:Windows Media 11 cant install it (Windows xp media center)

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Windows 10 is dropping media center. I use it to access TV guide and to save TV programs to my hard drive. Does anyone know of a program that has this capability ? Thanks !!

Answer:windows media center

see the following for some alternatves. I cannot make any recommendations since I don't use any media centers.

5 Alternatives to Windows Media Center on Windows 8

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My computer came with Windows Media Center pre installed. The question I have is what good is it if you are not connecting your computer/tv to watch/listen to live TV/stereo music?
I am running Vista Home Premium and WMC came with it along with a bunch of other garbage which I have removed.
 

Answer:Windows Media Center

Windows XP Media Center is basically Windows XP Professional with a few features added to it for better media functionality. It really is a bunch of unnecessary add-ons, but does not affect the rest of the OS. Many people, including myself, would rather have Windows XP Media Center than Windows Vista because XP has better performance and better compatibility.
 

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Sometimes when I download certain things from sites it will require selecting which OP Sys I have. Usually the only options for XP are XP Pro and XP Home.My question is: Is XP Media Center considered XP Pro or XP Home?

Answer:Windows Media Center

its based on xp pro. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP_Media_Center_Edition  

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I searched but couldn't find anyone else with this problem. I'm running 7 Home Premium 64bit. I've tried everything and had a Pro try to solve this also with zero results. Somehow, Media Center has attached itself to every exe. program/file and I'm not able to open Firefox, Chrome, System Restore, regedit, and on and on. IE 8 does work. I managed to run a free Norton scan which showed NO virus. Remote access from Cloudeight to repair was thwarted, so no help there. I cannot run Malware Bytes or any other cleaner, so really need some expert help. This is being typed on my Gateway XP Pro. BTW, I was using MSE. Thanks.

P.S. I'm not really new here; my former registration got lost in the shuffle, so started another one.

Answer:Windows Media Center

have you tried booting up in safe mod and seeing if you can fix. or can you run msconfig and fix your problem. good luck

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Hi I am trying to compress some movies I recorded with Windows Media Center so I can burn them to a DVD. I have tried several programs (such as dvdshrink 3.2) but they don't seem to recognise the file I am trying to compress. Is there a good program to use or is it something to do with the file type that media center uses?

thx

Answer:Windows Media Center

Rightclick the particular file - propperties. Please tell us which file type it is.BTW

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I just built a new computer and I tried to install the Windows media center edition OS, everything was going fine, it loaded all the files from CD1, then it formatted the partition, which is my HDD. Then it rebooted and started windows and then the setup. Then the computer constantly rebooted and right before it reboots a window pops up saying, "A write operation was attempted to a volume after it was dismounted". I have no clue what this means, but it's making my computer reboot every time it tries to run the Windows setup. Can somebody help?System specs:ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe MoBoAMD 4400+ 2.2 GHz CPU (OC'd to 2.58 GHz)2 GB Corsair XMS 3500 Memory250GB Western Digital HDDNvidia GeForce 7900 GS KO Graphics card-thanks in advance

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does windows xp media center support dual processors like xp pro? I know xp home won't. And would it make a differece with a AMD 64 athlon 3800 x2 dual core?

thanks

Answer:windows media center

I think you are confusing duel core and 64 bit.

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Hey everyone,
I wanted to ask if the media center in Windows 8/8.1 can play media downloaded from Xbox Music or Xbox Videos? I'm currently running on a customized Windows 7 HP setup. I've tried playing a song and playing a video on the HTPC, but it gives me DRM errors. I was wondering if I should upgrade that to Windows 8 with MC so the media I buy/download from my other devices on Xbox Music/Videos will also download on my HTPC and be able to play them on media center.

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i have a problem, i just bought a new labtop and i formatted the HD right away but know i think i have errors. When im trying to install software, the executable file would load up and disappear.

i was trying to run the setup for the macromedia flash player and a patch...it loaded and disappeared(it isnt in the background or anything)

this doesnt happen to all executable files though, as i was able to install firefox and jcreator

thanks
 

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I hate asking so many questions but when you have questions, you have questions.

I was recently running my computer(Dell Inspiron, win 7) in safe mode and because I wanted to stay in safe mode that day and wanted to watch tv, I attempted to watch tv through windows media center... being in safemode, the program would not run... I was not able to watch tv...
Next time I opened media center in normal mode, it had gone from wide to full screen. I'm on a widescreem monitor so, it was a bit frustrating. If I stretch it enough to be as wide as the screen, the program wouldn't fit on the screen vertically.
I googled, briefly, how to change it back. One suggested holding control while resizing but that didn't work. I believe I saw some mention of playing with the registry but I haven't gone back to trying that. Was just wondering if there was a simple way to change it.
I'll probably head back to google in a day or two if someone doesn't get back to me. Too tired to this evening...

Answer:Windows Media Center

bump...  I have just kind of dealt with the problem so far and not let it bother me... but, it does a bit.
I want to clarify that the aspect ratio of what's playing is not off but the size/shape/ratio of the window is.  media center used to open up as widescreen so when you played something widescreen, it filled in the entire window.  These days windows media center, when I open it up rather than being a widescreen shaped rectangle, it's more square(the window itself) like full screen.  So when I play something widescreen, it displays the content at the correct aspect ratio but the window stays the wrong way.  So, in order to it display the widescreen content properly, you have bars above and below the content.  So... as I mentioned before, in order to have it take up more of my actual monitor screen, I'd have to stretch media center SO much that you could not see the top or bottom of the program.  This does not work when you want to move something around.
If I simply go into FULL screen it displays fine but I often prefer to have it as a window and not full screen.
I have right clicked and messed with the zoom options during playback...  I've gone into settings and made sure it's set on widescreen.  I've poked around a bit and tried googling and I just haven't found the answer I'm looking for so far.
Unless I find a simple solution......  I'm thinking, is media center a free download for win 7 users?  Perhaps I could sim... Read more

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windows vista homemy windows media center is far to big for my screen how do i adjust it to make it smallerthankseverything els is ok

Answer:windows media center to big ?

Hi have you tried going to the restore button top right and click Restore down then reduce it to the size you want by dragging the edge of page with mouse button held down,then maximize window.Now everytime you restore down,it will be the size you wanted.I was given this tip a few days ago here and it works fine for me, all be it not for windows Meidia.

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I just got a brand new laptop that has windows vista home premium. It came with Windows Media Center.

My question is can I access my music from my XP desktop from this vista laptop. When I select watch folders from another computer on the network, it doesn't find any.

If it helps I have already set up my xbox 360 to get music from the xp desktop and it works perfectly.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Windows Media Center

I would suggest first placing some of your music in the Shared Music folder on the XP system. If you're able to access that music, then this is a permissions issue with your accounts. If not, then there's a lot of other stuff to try.

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has anyone been able to install Windows Media Center on the latest 10 Build without dorking Win 10 up

Answer:Windows Media Center

dmesal said:

has anyone been able to install Windows Media Center on the latest 10 Build without dorking Win 10 up



Yes

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I have a recorded show and when I try to delete it and put the mouse over it, my screen immediately goes to an error box that says Windows Media Center has stopped working and then the screen goes back to the startup screen where I choose between recorded
tv, guide, live tv, etc.  Even if I just try to go through my lists of recorded shows and pass over this "corrupt" recording, the screen immediately goes to the same error box.  How else can I get into the recorded shows to delete this
one show causing the error message?

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Just upgraded to Vista a few days ago. My windows media center has never worked properly. The error msg shows- Windows Media Center Receiver Service has stopped working. It has done this more than 120 times, although I have only tried to open Media Center 10 times. I have left the problem log here. Any suggestions? Thank you!!

I am running a 512 mb GeForce 7600gs with proper drivers installed.

Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
Application Name: ehRecvr.exe
Application Version: 6.0.6000.16386
Application Timestamp: 4549b54f
Fault Module Name: StackHash_049a
Fault Module Version: 6.0.6000.16386
Fault Module Timestamp: 4549bdc9
Exception Code: c0000374
Exception Offset: 000af1c9
OS Version: 6.0.6000.2.0.0.768.3
Locale ID: 1033
Additional Information 1: 049a
Additional Information 2: 47827324fad59efea75c5a6235f99cd0
Additional Information 3: 378e
Additional Information 4: da83c9d39b577c1e025906f95ccb9bfc

Extra information about the problem
Bucket ID: 347034295
 

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Can you edit the tv shows that you have recorded in a video editing software?

Answer:Windows Media Center...

If you can open it up in a video editing program, I believe that you can edit them (like to edit out commercials and whatnot). I'm unsure of the legality of it, although I see a lot of edited stuff on YouTube.com.

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hi windows media center is not finding pictures.says no pictures in this folder.unable to display picturebut the pictures are in my pictures folders.and that folder is ticked in media player,windows vista home

Answer:windows media center

media player or media center? they are two different things

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If you are one of those who have joined the Windows Insider program and installed trying out Windows 10 Technical Preview (TP), then you should not add Media Center product key. If you add then System Properties will show it as “Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center” and will say Windows is not activated. And not only this, using a purchased product key will also prevent you from getting updates and future builds for Windows 10 Technical Preview.
Microsoft in the Answers Community forum had replied in one of the queries: We apologize for not catching this before we launched Tech Preview; we did not intend for you to be able to use a purchased product key on a preview build. We do not recommend adding Media Center to Windows 10 Technical Preview as using a purchased product key will also prevent you from getting updates and future builds for Windows 10 Technical Preview. To make sure you get updates for Tech Preview, we recommend that you download the ISO file
(Source: meraTechPort)

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Hi I have Vista B is does not come with Windows Media Center. Can you please give me the link so I can download it?

Answer:Where Is Windows Media Center?

hi,, i think you have to upgrade to home prem to get the win media center, i have looked to see if you can download it seporatly but have not found anything yet,,,,
good luck

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What is windows media center? I just got a copy and wondered if its worth instaling?Thanks

Answer:Windows Xp Media Center

what are you running now? your sytem spec?Is it a "legit" copy with a COA + key?In a nutshell its just another version of XP orientated around media. "It does what it says on the tin"P

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While trying to address another issue, I selected to open a program with default program. I evidently chose Windows Media Center.
Now, no matter what I do, WMC pops up. It pops up even when I try to open Freecell.

Tried to do a system resore but it gives me an "unspecified error".

My Live Mail and Internet icons in bottom tray have been displaced with small square icons with the WMC globe inside them.

I am currently using spare laptop.

Any suggestions please?

Answer:Windows Media Center has taken over my PC

You could try this to restore all file associations to default.

Default Programs - Associate a File Type or Protocol

This should get you back to where you started. We have many excellent tutorials here, written by some very knowledgeable people. Hope this helps, if not we're always here!

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I have just started using Windows 7, which has the Windows Media Center.

I have music that I download from the file sharing program 360 Share. Now when I download a song, sometimes the file name is not what I want it to be. I correct it, to read the Artist Name with the Song title.

Now when I lookup my music in WMC, I just get the original song titles. Example, I downloaded Michael Jacksons "Bad", the file name is something like "1980's Hits -Bad". I change it to "Michael Jackson - Bad".

How do I change so that the WMC will read what I change the file name to? Leaving the original names throws off the order of the way I want my music as well .

Answer:Windows Media Center

Boy, either there are alot of lurkers or my problem is truley unique.

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ok i know there was a post to this but the solution did not help.
my windows media center screen taskbar is stuck at the top of my screen. i cant even exit out of it when in full screen. i have looked how to uninstal it but it is intergrated with the os and i have tried other various things such as alt space m and move but none of those seem to work. if some one can help me that would be great
thanks

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Windows Media Center
I have not used Windows Media Center because I was using Verizon Media Manager. Verizon is dropping support for Media Manager and I may have to employ Media Center to stream computer videos to my TV. But, I can't find Windows Media Center!
It is supposed to be on Vista Ultimate.
Can you tell me what the .exe is called and where to look for the .exe?
Thanks
Frank C
Win vista ultimate SP2 64 bit

Answer:Where Is Windows Media Center?

This may help
Getting started with Windows Media Center - Microsoft Windows Help

Also depending on your player MakeMKV may be useful for serving media.

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Has any one tried installing WMC on build 9926 yet? It wouldn't work on older builds.

Answer:Windows Media Center

No, but why not give it a shot..

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Hello,

I recently upgraded my Video Card to a 8600 GT from a 7300....

Now whenever i try to watch ANYTHING on Media Center (Recorded TV, Movies, Live TV, AVI Files) i have a HORRIBLE lag in them.....

When i upgraded to the 8600, i immediatly notcied a bad lag so i re-installed my OS, updated to the lates drivers for everything, all windows updates, ALL NVIDIA patches, and all of the latest Codecs (which were exactly the same as i had on my old configuration)

I have trolled the internet non-stop trying to resolve this issue, any ideas? Media Center is by far the program i use MOST on my machine, and il WONT give it up lol

Also, i have tried turing off most everything in MSCONFIG, checked all my running processes, toggled the VC for best performance AND Best Quality (same results, both ways) and tried with the NVIDIA driver Helper service both on and off (same results) and have tried with my Anti-Virus (Kaspersky 7) both on and off (same results)

The obvious response you would think would be the video card, because that is the only thing that has changed, but i shouldnt be WORSE off for having upgraded from a 256 VC to a 512 VC should i? lol

Here are my specs (Keeping in mind i am on a FRESH install of OS (less than an hour old )

Core 2 Duo 2.13
4 GB RAM (3096 showing because of 32-bit OS )
2.25 TB of storage (all SATA 3.0)
GeForce 8600 GT VC (upgraded from 7300GT, which ran GREAT just not very well for big games)
HD Audio
TV Tuner
Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit (with AL... Read more

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Ok so i have an OEM copy of media center up and running, im typing from the computer now. But what i need to know is how to get the actual media center parts working, they just don't appear to be there. The problem is i had someone else install windows, because it's a SATA drive and i don't have a floppy. So does anyone know what i need to do, or even if i can get those features.

Answer:Help with windows media center

I want to be able to send video back and forth between my xbox 360, and so far it looks like the only difference between what im running, and XP is that it says MCE on the start bar.

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Before I install Windows 8 I would like to have the key code for Windows Media Center. I have been waiting for over 2 days for Microsoft to send me the key code. Do I have to have Windows 8 installed and activated before they will send me the key code?

Answer:Windows Media Center

No. They're inundated with requests, it took 2 days for me to get a key a week ago, it's probably much worse now.

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I've just tested and I was able to add Media Center to Windows 10 with my Windows 8 media center key

Although my desktop watermark now shows as Windows 8.1 with media center.

Answer:Windows Media Center

Nice.

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Hi all I keep on getting this error message when I try an open media center
"You are currently logged on as a Guest. Windows Media Center requires a non-Guest account. If you need to change you user account type, contact the owner of this system." I am the administrator and there are no other users or accounts. How do I fix this problem?

Thanks in advance

Answer:Windows media center

You might try to enable the Super Admin Account.

To turn on this 'super' administrator account, type cmd in the search box WAIT don't hit enter! cmd will appear at top. Rt click on it to 'run as administrator'.
go enable this account, type this command & hit Enter:
Net user administrator /active:yes To disable this account, type this command & hit Enter:
Net user administrator /active:no If you decide need a password for the administrator's account that you are going to activate or if you are unable to activate it with a blank password:
Net user administrator [email protected]$$w0rd
Net user administrator activate:yes
Hit enter. You will get a message: The command completed successfully.
(Where [email protected]$$w0rd has been taken as an example password)
Switch user and log on using this password.

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OK, here's the thing. I'm having a computer custom built for hubby
(Specs to follow) but before I finalize order, I have a couple questions.
I think I'd like to be able to record tv to dvd and assume I need a tv tuner card in addition to the graphics card and DVD burner, yes? With this company this option is only available if MS Media Center is installed. Personally I'm kinda hooked on XP.
Is one OS preferable to the other as far as gaming is concerened?
Would it be better to keep system specs as is and install a tuner card myself? At least that way I can keep XP.
Any advice you can give will be greatly appreciated! Oh - any preferences to the tuner card? Anything specific I should look for? (I know - this question should be on the hardware board, but well, you see where I'm coming from)
thanks
Noel

New System Specs
CPU: (939-pin) AMD ATHLON?64 3700+ CPU w/ HyperTransport Technology
CAS: Hot New! X-Cruiser Mid-Tower 420W Case W/ WINDOW, MultiMeter Display & Control
CASUPGRADE: 12" COLD CATHODE NEON LIGHT
CD: (Special Price) LG GWA-4161 16X DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW DRIVE DUAL LAYER
CD2: (Special Price) LG GWA-4161 16X DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW DRIVE DUAL LAYER
CABLE: None
FLASHMEDIA: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer
FAN: AMD ATHLON64 CERTIFIED CPU FAN & HEATSINK + 3 EXTRA CASE FANS
HDD: 160GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 8M Cache 7200RPM Hard Drive
IEEE_CARD: NONE
KEYBOARD: Logitech Deluxe 104 PS/2 Keyboard
MOUSE: Logitec... Read more

Answer:windows xp or media center?

Media Center Edition is Windows XP, with tacked on media features. It is still the same OS.
 

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Hi..

I have a HP media Center PC m7664x. I have for months and months now been getting a message that says"Windows Media Center Receiver Service has Stopped Working". I cannot do anything, can not watch live tv, dvd's anything....it is so frustrating. I have Vista with service pack 2 installed....

If it helps, the computer came with the HP Pavilion Media Center TV PC....that is something else it says on the front of the computer...

It is only two years old...

I am hoping that someone can give me a easy step by step way to fix this...

Thank you in advance
 

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I have windows xp media center edition. Lately,I have been unable to upload photos. I used "windows instal cleanup" to try to repair it but, since then Media center does not open. I get a message: must instal.network framework: v1.1.4322
Help Please!
 

Answer:Windows Media Center

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Ok let me start by saying that I know this is an older software on an older system. However upgrading is not an option for the individuals computer I am working on.
The computer I am fixing is an E-Machine T5048, running:
Windows XP Media Center v. 2002 sp3
Intel p4 3.06 GHz with 448 RAM

The user wants to use Windows Media Center to play DVD's. Everytime a DVD is attempted to be played it recieves a standard Decoder error: The video decoder has malfunctioned or not been installed. Please restart Media Center or the Computer.

I have tried installing various freeware codecs and decoders online with no success. When I install a software such as Corel WinDVD 2010 it plays the DVD wonderfully, however this is not something the user wants to do, and Media Center still gives me the same error.

Can anyone offer a freeware suggestion for this problem?
 

Answer:Windows Media Center

Hmm. I thought Media Center came with a dvd decoder? well ,either way, it's not working correctly. I tend to always use a codec pack, so i don't need to find individual codecs. I prefer this one:
http://majorgeeks.com/CCCP_Combined_Community_Codec_Pack_d6093.html
It includes a dvd decoder and should integrate with media center.
 

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PVR works very nicely for me with Windows Media Center. However, sometimes a bump a key (space usually, sometimes enter I think) and it cancels PVR and returns me to live tv and doesn't allow me to rewind to before I bumped the key. This is extremely frustrating when I've had it on pause for a while because of causes me to miss a large portion of the show I wanted to watch. Is there some way to disable this key command. I think sometimes it changes to a channel I was previously on. Maybe this is like a previous channel command. Still I see no reason to have a key command that deletes what was recorded and goes to live tv and least not without a confirmation. Can someone help me disable this command?

Thanks,
Scott

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I have the Conceptronic CTVFMi2 tuner card. I downloaded the driver for vista and it works fine with the software (PVR-Plus) that came with the card however Windows Media Center does not recognise it.

Is there a way to repair this? If not is there a good program which I can use because I do not like PVR-Plus?

Thanks.
 

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i am interested in building a little media center for the TV in my room. i have an old comp that i will be using, well not that old since it is only a pentium 4 socket 478 so i think it will be able to handle a media center for my room. ok here is the big question that i was not sure can i install windows media center in a computer that will not be hooked up to an hdtv or a cable box but to a coaxial cable from the wall. all i want to do with the pc is record shows during the day and burn my music into to, pictures, movies, burn movies that i rent, things like that. i am not sure if i can do that with media center if there is not a cable box hooked to it. any help greatly appreciated.

Answer:windows media center

well you can get a TV-card from newegg.com or something and put regular Windows on the computer. You would now be able to plug a coax. cable into the TV-card, software comes with the card to be able to watch cable on your computer. Then you can record shows playing and burn stuff right from that computer

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Is Windows 8 Pro with media center the same as Windows 8 Pro, but with Media Center.
Sorry about the strange question.

Answer:Is Windows 8 Pro with Media Center the same?

The media center can be added on. Someone was saying it could be gotton for free, but otherwise is 10 bucks.

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I'm just wondering if I upgrade my media center to win 8 (pro gets free media center till January) if it is going to let me play my recorded tv shows or if it is going to say they must be played back on the pc that they were recorded on?
 

Answer:windows 8, media center and drm?

Interested in an answer to this as well.

I'm guessing all my PlayReady shows will be unreadable after the upgrade but optimistically hoping to be proven wrong.
 

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Finally got media center on my 360 to connect with all the drives I want it to on my pc that has Media Center on it. The question that I have is that last night I tried playing a DIVX file on the 360 so that I could watch some episodes of Farscape in my living room vs in my office. The 360 found the file then stopped because the "codec was not found" which makes me believe that I can install the DIVX codec on the 360.

So my question is: Is it possible to install the DIVX codec on a 360 in order to view a DIVX file or do I have to convert the file into something the 360 can read?

If this is in the wrong forum, I am sorry
 

Answer:Windows Media Center on the PC and 360

I'm pretty sure you gotta convert the video into something the 360 can play. It won't play DivX files, sadly.
 

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Hi,

I have been reading up on this operating system and it looks like what i'm looking for.

One thing I want to make sure is will I be able to play the latest games just like I would if I had Windows XP? Say Call of duty 2.

Also I want to get the ATI X1800XL All in Wonder so I can record things off tv. Will this be a good combination? Because the all in wonder can do most of what the media center can do. Will there be some kind of conflict?

Thanks.

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Answer:windows media center

Mce is the same as xp pro with some extras. you can do everything that xp pro (except domains, you need to modify a few files to do that). get a capture card that will work with MCE (ati do make some)

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I've run into a pretty ridiculous problem that I'm sure is easily fixable, but after googling for about half an hour I can't figure it out. I thought someone here might be able to help.

I'm working on a project and I needed to run windows media center to play a slide show of pictures at the same time as playing a list of videos on Windows Media Player. Everything was going fine until I realized I needed to play the pictures randomly. So I clicked the option to play the PICTURES randomly, not realizing it would also cause my videos to play in random order. I decided it wasn't a big deal that the pictures didn't play randomly so I unchecked the option. But the videos on WMP are still playing randomly and not in order. I looked everywhere I could to find options to fix it, but I don't see any. I restarted my computer, reloaded the videos, still playing randomly.

Anyone have any idea what might be happening?

Edited: Nevermind...figured it out...I'm a dummy.

Answer:Help with Windows Media Center

Glad you fixed it but it may help other forum members if you posted how you actually fixed it.

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