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

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

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 Since I doubt Vista offers much more than XP, I went for that; but maybe this is outdated or wrong.

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

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

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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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?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Hi

I am running a Dell Dimension with Windows XP Media Center Edition with SP3.

The sound stopped working on the system and the system hangs trying to reinstall the drivers.
In addition, when you click on Start, all of the Start Menu icons are gone. Also, when you click on Control Panel and you try to swtich to Classic View, it does not work.

I ran MBAM on it in Safe mode and it found and cleared Adware.MyWebSearch, Trojan.Vundo, Trojan.BHO, Fake.Dropped.Malware and Malware.Trace. I ran it again and the system is clean. I rebooted the system and ran MBAM as both users in normal mode and comes up clean, but the above problems still exist.

I ran SuperAntiSpyware and that came up with Rogue.Agent/Gen.Nullo which I also cleaned.
Rerunning SuperAntiSpyware comes up with no additional problems.

What else could be causing these?

Thanks
Scott

Answer:Windows XP Media Center -

Can anyone help with with?

in the meantime, I restarted the computer in SAFE mode and ran MBAM as administrator and the regular user and it comes up clean.

Thanks!

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Hey guys.
I couldn't find a category for just Windows Media Center, so sorry if this thread is in the wrong place.

I was wondering if anyone knew why when I go to Windows Media Center, then click on music, why I have doubles/triples of every song. Also, is there a way to fix this?

Answer:Windows Media Center

delete all the songs from the media library then readd them saying only add new songs.

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Ok so how do I enable m4v and mkv playback in windows media center in vista 64 bit premium? I have k-lite codec pack installed whick pretty much enables everything but windows media center to play just about anything... all wmc can do now is play mp3 files (lame).

Answer:Windows media center help...

Hi,

You might want try try uninstalling k-lite and installing the Vista codecs from www.shark007.net

Hope this helps


OS

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I built my father an HTPC running WMC Vista. I set it up here in the U.S. before he moved to St. Martin (a Dutch island in the Caribbean) - and everything was working fine. He was told to select "Netherlands/Antilles" as the location when running the TV Setup wizard, which he did, but then it insists on a zip. Problem... the island has no zip codes.

How does WMC know what service he has since it doesn't know where he's at?

Pretty intuitive of Microsoft!!!

Can anybody help?

Answer:Windows Media Center - outside the U.S.

Is he in St Martin (French half) which is in the French Antilles or St Maarten (Dutch half) which is in the Netherlands Antilles?

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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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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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If you buy Windows 8.1 Pro does it now give you the ability to download Media Center without extra cost? I was thinking I read that Microsoft did away with the $9.99 add-on cost.
 

Answer:Windows 8.1 Pro and Media Center

I have not read anything about that being the case.
 

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I have a windows xp pc with 3.0ghs cpu and 3gb ram. I'm trying to set up wmc for my xbox360. I'm also using a linksys WRT54G wireless router. The 360 is connected via an ethernet cable.

Here is my problem:

open windows media player > library tab > media sharing. If i click anything such as "OK", "Cancel" etc it will either freeze and i have to shut down via windows task manager or if i click "settings" it closes WMP out.

When i try to add folders or files to be shared on my xbox360 nothing loads and nothing seems to be stored and the don't appear on my 360.

It seems very weird to me and is there any help that can be offered?
 

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 I was wondering if someone could help me understand why, all of a sudden, that I cannot view pictures from a jpg weblink without saving the image to my computer? This is also happening when I try to view pictures sent to me via e-mail. I am using Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007 and the Media Center came with the program. I have tried to find answers all over the web, but not with much luck. The one thing that is consistent is something about the registry and I have no idea how to deal with that. Even if I understood it, I would not know how to go into the registry and repair the problem. Windows Media Center is my default for viewing pictures and listening to music and everything. What has changed and what can I do about it?Please understand that my knowledge is very limited. I do know that I should not have to save every picture to my computer just to view it.I know the basics but that is about it. Please help. Gett

Answer:Windows Media Center

Viewing a picture from the web has nothing to do with media centre. It's how your internet browser works an the pictures settings on the web page. If you click on a jpg file on the web it will generally try and save it to your computer for viewing unless there is a built in command to make the file behave in a different way.This is completely normal. Do as I do and choose a destination that is easy to remember like 'pictures' or 'desktop' and view the image then discard as needed.I may be wrong but not entirely sure what it is you are doing.P's welcome to computer hope

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

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Hi

When I try to open a program that uses the internet Windows Media Center pops up instead of the program I wish to open.
For example I can try to open Fire Fox and all that happens is that Windows Media Center opens. Also the icons for the programs have changed (Internet explorer, Skype,Fire fox - and so on).
I don't know how this happened -I share my computer with a lot of kids.

It's still possible for me to go on the internet by searching through all the programs in Windows and find the link to the webpage I went to prior to the problem, but I can't go online by shortcut.

Please help me.
SEJ
 

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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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hey, ive got a HUGE project coming up and im just laying out all the planning before i get anything cast in stone, im wondering if any of you guys know about this...
well im going to be running a few systems close together, youl undertand when i post the thread in the cool cases, and i want one of them to be running win media center, but im intending on running it in a differnt room, like the case is in a differnt room about 25 ft away from the tv and couch, and facing away i might add, but what im wonndering is if you can buy windows media center, as an operating system, buy a remote and a remote reciver for it, and run the case in a differnt room with the remote and reciver by the tv, i dont know how i would get the recivers remote signal to the case yet, but theres got to be a way, (ive got a good gigabite network going for all of this, so possibly through cat6 cable) and one last thing about media center, is it possible to do a dual OS on the rig its on? like run win media center as primary, and have win2k installed just incase.
well any help would be great.

thx -A|ex
 

Answer:Windows Media Center

I dont think you can buy a license for MEDIA CENTER. The real question is why would you want it ? There are better alternatives escpecialy for what you want to do . Check out http://www.snapstream.com/
http://myhtpc.net/
If you have any knowledge of linux I recomend this program
http://www.mythtv.org/

Hope this helps
dag33k
 

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Does anyone know if windows media player 11 will ever support MP4 acc files. I just found found out iTunes latest update downloads music only in this form. Apparently Vista will not allow me to update to media center 12. Thanks.

Answer:Windows media center

MP4 to MP3 converterhttp://www.soundtaxi.info/mp4-to-mp3.htmlI've never used it. I just googled it...

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Hi guys,

Where do I find Windows Media Center? Just to let you know, it is not in my All Programs unfortunately.

Answer:Windows Media Center

most likely not installed

Method 1:

1. Click on start button.
2. Type Windows media center in the search box and press enter.

Method 2:

1. Click on start button.
2. Open Control Panel and select Programs and Features.
3. Click "Turn Windows features on or off" in the left pane.
4. Expand "Media Features", place a check mark for "Windows Media Center". Click "Yes" to continue, and click OK to quit. Then Restart.

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I have certain files in my laptop and when i click to open them it opens the windows media center. However, that's as far as it goes because I can't seem to find anywhere to open my files. So would somebody be so kind as to advise me on what to do next. Thanks and have a nice week ahead.
regards
Pete

Answer:Windows media center

What is the extension of the files?

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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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http://www.zdnet.com/article/rip-windows-media-center/

Not at all a surprise but sucks still the same. CableCard support is the thing I'll miss the most, but there are a lot of decent options out there that fill in most of the holes. This is really making me think hard about cutting the cord but my wife would have a fit.
 

Answer:RIP Windows Media Center

...or running an older version of Windows which is more suitable for the task(s) required. It's so crazy that it might actually work!
 

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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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Hey, I have Windows XP Home(the regular edition). I was wondering if there was a way to download the Windows XP Media Center skin for my computer, my freind has Media Center edition and I like the look of his desktop more. Thanks!

Answer:Windows XP Media Center

Get the Windows Media Center Edition theme on XP home/pro

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hello everybody;MY WMC is playing all my programs even when my sysytem start up the windows media center runs instead of my antivirus, when i run any program or game the wmc runs i don't know whts the wrong. i'll be thankful if i find any help here

Answer:windows media center

What do you mean it plays your programs? How does WMC launch when Windows is fully loaded on desktop?

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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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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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Hey guys I just got a Gateway computer that has the windows media center but everytime I watch TV on it the screen freezes about after five minutes. I was wondering if I could get some help appreciate it
 

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I have media center on my laptop, and i THINK it may be the cause of slow loading... at the windows xp screen while booting, the blue lines go past around 13 to 14 times, and i really didnt think with a laptop with the specs mine have would be so slow. The laptops where i work boot a lot faster, and have less RAM, and a slower processor so i was just wondering if im on the right path in thinking this or what i could do to make it boot faster... I only have a few things set to start with windows and its like wifi, and the sound card drivers...
 

Answer:Windows Media center..

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Iím interested in linking PC to TV to take advantage of Windows Media Center (WMC) functionality.
I have searched but havenít found the ultimate answer, DOES WMC have all the functionality of XP for wifi, downloading, dvd burning, home networking etc.
Can all software suitable for XP, be successfully installed and used on WMC?

Answer:Windows Media Center

Yes. It does have all the advatages of XP. MCE is only XP Pro with some extra thigns added to it to give it the MCE aspect. Just make sure your Tuner Card is compatable with MCE first before you make the leap.

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I recently installed Windows 7 and I can not open Windows Media Center. Before, when trying to open it, the error message "Windows Media Center has stopped working". Now no longer opens. I've tried as administrator, but it was useless. I believe that an update may have corrupted the program, such as 7 Service Pack 1, or the installation of Real Player may have major influence. I have not done a system restore and would like a solution without this step. Thank you.

Answer:Windows Media Center

This may helphttp://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-windows_programs/windows-media-center-has-stopped-working/0b4ff162-04a3-47ff-b447-6d97eb976083

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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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Hey guys I just bought a Gateway Windows XP computer and when I try and watch TV on my computer using windows media center after about 5 minutes of watching TV the TV screen will freeze. Was wondering if someone could help me out with this problem thanks.
 

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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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I'm running Win7 64-bit on a Gateway Laptop NV7802U. Suddenly, every time I start any program all that happens is the Windows Media Center starts. It seems that all programs are associated with Windows Media Center. Excel, Word, maintenance programs, anything...

Obviously some kind of malware or virus. Whatcha think?

Answer:All .exe's run Windows Media Center

  
Quote: Originally Posted by budparker


I'm running Win7 64-bit on a Gateway Laptop NV7802U. Suddenly, every time I start any program all that happens is the Windows Media Center starts. It seems that all programs are associated with Windows Media Center. Excel, Word, maintenance programs, anything...

Obviously some kind of malware or virus. Whatcha think?


Hello !! Welcome to SF !!

I believe the Default File type association is messed up for EXE. Follow this Tutorial and download the Registry for EXE and run it. Default File Type Associations - Restore then try it and that should work

Hope this helps,
Captain

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ehrecvr is a pain in the seating area. I have tried stopping it with the task manager, it just re creates itself and I have to redo the settings as it won't recognis the tuner then.. I can deal with the excess usage by this programme 2 ways, allow it to run the searches for album covers, tv guides and etc, or tell media centre that my computer is not always connected. I would like to be able to use the TV function on the computer once or twice a month and have no need for any other Media Center functions. Is there a simple way to disable this file and still be able to use the tv when I want. I do this now, but I need to redo the settings each time I want to turn on the tv. I don't have another TV in the house so there is no alternative. Sort of long for the old days when you could just rem it in the config file.
 

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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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I have windows media player and I don't know why I would want the Media Center. Why would I? Why would I not? Thx.

Answer:what is windows media center do I want it?

THIS explain what Windows Media Center is all about. It is really up to you to either want it or forget all about it. The choice is yours and yours alone.i_Xp/Vista/W7User

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Hello there, i currently have the new windows media center set up on my pc. Here is my set up... I have sky set up to my TV and Video, i also have a cable running from my sky box to my pc tv tuner. This all works really well. How do i get media center to get the signal so that i can start to use the media center for my tv recordings. I am currently using winfast entertainment center for the sky. Are there special codecs that i need to install or any missing files. Cheers from Craig.

Answer:Windows Media Center

Hi CraigmaveI dragged up your old thread on this subject from January 2004. I'm interested to know whether you managed to get your WMC computer successfully set up to record and play back programs from Sky. I'm thinking of buying a media center PC and I just want to be certain that I can use it to record Sky stuff and then either play it back through my TV or save it to DVD.Do you have any helpful comments on this please?

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I have been having this problem ever since I reloaded the factory settings on my computer. I do this about twice a year in order to fully clean it of all crap and unnecessary items and have never encountered this problem before.

When I am playing Guild Wars online and I end the game and close out the window, Windows Media Center opens itself. When I try to navigate through it to get to settings it tends to lock up. When I try to use Task Manager to shut it down it tends to lock up. It also opens itself out of nowhere when I am navigating through the internet on different sites, like Facebook, etc. The only other thing I do is watch movies and shows online, and it occasionally opens itself then also.

I need to know how to disable it so that it does not open at all unless I specifically tell it to. I have disabled it in start-up as there was an .exe file in there for it but still have the problem. I keep having to manually shut down my computer and restart it because I get a black screen with a useless mouse pointer that moves around but does not do anything. My background is black on my desktop but the bottom bar and recycle bin do not show.

Any and all advice and help is appreciated!!

Vista Home Premium SP1
4GB RAM
Intel Dual Core [email protected] 2.4GHz
500GB HD
Dual NVidia GT 9800 Graphics Cards
 

Answer:Windows Media Center

Hi

Not come across that issue before, so a new one on me, but knowing that the Media Center Service does add a startup I would just test that its not causing this by disabling it in msconfig to test, ehome and ehTray are the common suspects. (I tend to remove them as they are not need for me, iirc they download the latest TV Guides)

Also check for malware!


Do you use Media Center? what you could try also is to in Services, is to stop and disable all services relating to Media Center to see if they stop this happening.


Maybe also worth the update to SP2.
 

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I was wondering if anyone can tell me how to change the path so that media center will look in a different directory than my videos for movie im wanting to play. I keep all my movies on another drive and want media center to use it as the default directory for my movies.
 

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My wife opened an email for a package that had a tracking number. It was fake. When she opened the file it installed a virus called Windows Media Center Virus. Start icons were changed to all point to Windows Media Center. Try to open anything and Windows Media Center opens. How can we remove this virus from her laptop.

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Dadconkster

Answer:Windows Media Center

Welcome, lets try this way.Reboot into Safe Mode with NetworkingHow to start Windows 7 in Safe ModePlease download Rkill by Grinler and save it to your desktop.Link 1Link 2Double-click on the Rkill desktop icon to run the tool.If using Vista, right-click on it and Run As Administrator.A black DOS box will briefly flash and then disappear. This is normal and indicates the tool ran successfully.If not, delete the file, then download and use the one provided in Link 2.If it does not work, repeat the process and attempt to use one of the remaining links until the tool runs.If the tool does not run from any of the links provided, please let me know.Do not reboot the computer, you will need to run the application again. Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.Important!! When you save the mbam-setup file, rename it to something random (such as 123abc.exe) before beginning the download.Malwarebytes may "make changes to your registry" as part of its disinfection routine. If using other security programs that detect registry changes (ie Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere or alert you. Temporarily disable such programs or permit them to allow the changes.Make sure you are connected to the Internet and double-click on the renamed file to install the application.When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.Malwarebytes will automatically start and you will be asked to update the p... Read more

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It will not play internet tv- it shows list - clicking on picture of program does not open the sub list of programs to watch.I have done update of library. win 7 32 bitWindows 7 64 bitTHis one works ok on internet TV appart from displaying that there is a problem click ok to close , at the same time I am watching the program that is playing .

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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 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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I just moved my Hauppauge 2250 dual HD tuner to my Windows 8 box (with WMC) and after taking several hours to download the latest drivers from England (their US site is down due to Sandy) I have WMC set up to display tv...

I had to (as I have before on Windows 7 installs) go through and enable some digital channels in order to get the hope of HD. Right now, it looks like some might be coming in in HD, but the zooming doesn't move it to full screen, they look window-boxed with borders all around...

Is there any way in WMC (or with other software) to determine which digital channels are being received in HD?

Is there any way to ensure that HD channels expand to full screen?

I did not load WINTV 7, I just loaded the drivers... Does this make a difference?

Thanks!

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