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Windows Media Center Edition

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First released in 2002, Windows Media Center Edition has since spawned a major overhaul in 2004 followed by our current 2005 version, which is the first with built-in support for over-the-air local High Definition TV (HDTV) viewing and recording. Media Center Edition (MCE) is the first fully integrated multimedia superset built over a regular Windows XP Professional Kernel.

It allows for easy media management and playback. It is operated through a proprietary remote that allows the user to access all of MCE's fonctions at the touch of a button. A proprietary wireless keyboard with built-in pointer and MCE quick access button will soon be available to further enhance the digital experience.

--Squaredcorp 23:41, 10 Jul 2005 (EST) CEO (

Windows Media Center Installation Hints and Tips

Online TV Guide (EPG) For MCE:

  • IceTV Iceguide is an EPG service compatible with MCE2005.
  • BladeRunner BladeRunner is an automated setup program for the QuickGuide TV EPG Harvestor.
  • Online guide to setup TVHarvest to work in Australia.
  • EPGRunner EPGRunner us a easy-to-install EPG that provides a pre-compiled XML file for MCE2005.

HTPC Applications:

Online Help:

What it can do:

  • Control a set-top box (Optus/Foxtel) using the MCE remote
  • Install two identical tuners and you can record/view different channels
  • Record programs based on EPG selections
  • Allows pausing/rewinding of live shows
  • MCE remote has a handy skip button for 30-second jumps to avoid Ads
  • Play FM radio or Internet radio

What it couldn't do, now with Windows 7 Media Center all these things can be done:

  • No AC3 audio - means that you get no audio in HDTV channels
  • No EPG built-in - look for a 3rd party one
  • No decoder built in - PowerDVD6 and nDVD work OK
  • Can't mix analogue and digital capture cards
  • Digital cards with analogue inputs can't use the analogue inputs
  • Hybrid cards with analogue/digital tuners work as digital cards only

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