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Media Center is a Desktop Apps ????

  1. #11


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    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    Quote Originally Posted by tseven View Post
    Oh I was expecting a metro app along with a desktop program but I guess not. Does it look exactly the same? Or are there any updates or changes?
    I fire it side by side with my other pc with Windows 7 and it's look the same, I don't make the full turn, but from what I see , it's the same

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  2. #12


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    The Media Center upgrade for Windows 8 is getting attention only because Microsoft striped it from Windows 8.
    If it was included in 8 Pro like its included in Windows 7, nobody would be talking about it.
    The fact that its not there and Microsoft wants you to pay extra for it is what's getting the attention.
    Everybody is grabbing a key while they are free, even if they never plan to use it they want it.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 142
    Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit (7 Ult, Vista & XP in V-Box)


    I have my WMC key.

    Now I just need to buy a copy of Win 8 to install it on....

    Still on the Enterprise RTM Trial but planning a purchase of 8 Pro for Xmas.
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  4. #14


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    Win8.1 Pro, Desktop Mode


    Why would anyone use media center anyway....??? There are way better media players out there.
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  5. #15


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Just make sure you use and activate at least once with the MC code before Jan 31st. If you don't it becomes inactive and you won't be able to use it at all.
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  6. #16


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Rickkins View Post
    Why would anyone use media center anyway....??? There are way better media players out there.
    Just because one person doesn't like or use something, doesn't mean everybody doesn't like or use it. A lot of people will use something like that if its preinstalled, rather than hunt for a free alternative. Also, if you've used it before you likely will want to use it again. It all boils down to personal choice. Some like it some don't.
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  7. #17


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    Win8.1 Pro, Desktop Mode


    I agree with all that. But there are some excellent alternatives that ought to be tried.

    MPC-HC
    VLC

    even

    Kmp and/or Pot

    Just google the names...or even ask around. I wouldn't steer ya wrong...
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  8. #18


    I was interested in it for playing tv. The lenovo software is the pits and I thought wmc might be the answer but it is the pits at the bottom of Lenovo's :-)

    WMC picked up channels but will not display all of them, they are black. It missed two of our main channels which I was able to set up but still have the blank ones.

    The Lenovo software when in the small window gives no indication what channel you are on and changing channels is painfully slow. Takes several minutes to go through all the channels. It also picks up all channels available but offers no way to delete channels.
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  9. #19


    Posts : 454
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    The Media Center upgrade for Windows 8 is getting attention only because Microsoft striped it from Windows 8.
    If it was included in 8 Pro like its included in Windows 7, nobody would be talking about it.
    The fact that its not there and Microsoft wants you to pay extra for it is what's getting the attention.
    Everybody is grabbing a key while they are free, even if they never plan to use it they want it.
    The free keys turn into pumpkins on Jan 31, 2013. Presumably, once activated, they're good forever and will work when you reinstall the OS, but Microsoft doesn't actually say that anywhere that I've found. Someone who cares about this should seek clarification.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rickkins View Post
    Why would anyone use media center anyway....??? There are way better media players out there.
    Media Center is the only game in town for protected programming via CableCARD. For unprotected TV, it's still a decent DVR, though it still has a lot shortcomings (29/59 bug, back-to-back recording cutoff unless you force "10 minutes after", incorrect guide data on occasion, etc). For all other library-based video viewing, XBMC is tons better. iTunes is tons better for music, and it has the nifty remote app for a great 1' interface that doesn't require a TV to be on. XBMC can also be used for music if that's your thing. XBMC is also getting official DVR support, though it won't support CableCARD protected content, and the need for Media Center will sadly live on.

    As for media players, which I consider to be non-library based programs useful for launching on files directly from Explorer, I like VLC for video and foobar2000 for music. Those are the programs I have associated with video and music file types.
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  10. #20


    Wow that sucks I was expecting something that looks different or at least updated. On my windows 7 the media player has a bug and the visualization is cut off or something (forgot I have it saved) and it's so irritating that they haven't updated windows media player.
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