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Downloading Media Center

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    Downloading Media Center


    Learning that my beloved Windows 7 Home Basic Edition and my XP Home Edition do not include Media Center, I set out to download them. MS assures us that the 7 Edition is free...if I pay to upgrade to a higher version of 7. I'm about to try XP, but I have a question.

    It is reported that the Win 8 Preview Edition includes Media Center. Where is it? Thank you.

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    I'm posting from Win XP. The CNET download site is getting ripped apart in Users' Reviews for posting that they have a free link to download WMC. It is free...if you pay to upgrade to Windows 7, and it has to be one of the higher editions.

    Folks, I've using XP and/or 7 for years, and I have never had WMC. You don't need it.
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    Windows 7 x64 Ultimate/Windows 8.1/Linux


    You can search for it from the Metro Start page - look for Windows Media Centre. The actual file is found at

    %windir%\ehome\ehshell.exe
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    Windows 8 Pro/Windows 8 Pro/Windows 7 64 Bit64Bit/Windows XP


    Or you can just right click on the Start page, go to Apps and then Accessories and there it is.
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    I found it. Set-up wouldn't let me use my mouse, and I had to shut down my computer to get out of it. I'll try working with it, but I don't think it's any big deal.
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    8250 x86 + 7 SP1 x86 + Ubuntu 12.04 LTS x86


    Quote Originally Posted by Vince53 View Post
    I found it. Set-up wouldn't let me use my mouse, and I had to shut down my computer to get out of it. I'll try working with it, but I don't think it's any big deal.
    Alt+F4 will close WMC if you need to use that, when trying.

    Did you install the driver for your mouse, from the manufacturer's site?
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    My mouse has the latest MS driver. I have returned to WMC, and it is still trapped in set-up, and I have to shut it down to get out. I might try plugging in some of my old mouses to see if one of them will work.

    Gman, I hadn't thought of checking to manufacturer to see if they have a newer driver, and I'll try that.
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