Booting into Windows Media Center in Windows 8.1

Sep 19, 2013 by

While Microsoft seemed to do all they could to keep us from using Windows 8 as a home theater PC, we've found it much easier to make a Windows 8.1 PC boot right into Windows Media Center!

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Controlling Google TV from your Android Device

Sep 18, 2013 by

Google TV had a slow start, but now they can be had for under $100. Combine that with the ability to control them with an Android phone or tablet and you've got a compelling experience. We walk you through setting it all up.

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Windows Media Center Command Line Options

Aug 31, 2013 by

Everyone who has a Windows Media Center home theater PC sitting under the TV probably knows that it can be launched on boot. What you may not know is that there's a bunch of slightly hidden launch modes—all accessible via command line options. The utility of these options is a bit nebulous, but there is some neat stuff in here.

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Using Pandora on an HTPC (Updated)

Jun 13, 2013 by

Pandora recently released an HTML 10-foot interface for the Xbox 360. While it's not intended to work on other devices just yet, we have a workaround that will let you (finally) add Pandora to your home theater PC!

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Media Center Quick Tip – Disabling Channels in your Guide

May 1, 2013 by

It's easier than you might think to remove individual channels from your Media Center guide. No settings screens required!

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Media Center Quick Tip – View Your iCloud Photo Stream in Media Center...

Feb 8, 2013 by

It's a little known fact that Windows users can enjoy the benefits of Apple's Photo Stream and iCloud. In this quick tip, we'll show you how to add Photo Stream to your Windows Media Center experience.

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Tweak Everything in Windows 8

Jan 1, 2013 by

If your New Year's resolution is to whip your home theater PC into shape, you're going to love this tip. This old easter egg gives Windows 8 users easy access to all settings in one folder.

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Configuring Comskip with DvrmsToolBox for Windows Media Center

Sep 16, 2012 by

Now that Comskip has released a beta with WTV support it's time to put it through its paces. Learn how to configure the new Comskip beta with Windows Media Center and DvrmsToolBox.

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Remap Green Button as Start Button on Remote

Jul 25, 2012 by

Using Windows 8 as a home theater PC is difficult if your remote control can't easily return you to the Metro-style Windows 8 Start screen. Here we show you how to easily remap a Windows Media Center remote control's Green Button to work as a Windows Start button.

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Use Windows 8 on Your iPad or Android Tablet

Jul 15, 2012 by

Splashtop's Win8 Metro Testbed app lets you remotely access Windows 8 from your iPad or Android tablet. But just how bad do you want this? Start digging in your pockets now, because at $24.99, this may just be the most expensive app you'll have on your tablet.

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Ripping DVDs for Windows Media Center

Jul 3, 2012 by

We’ve been through, what seems like, about 497 million different options for ripping a DVD collection for use in a home theater PC.  DVDs are one form of media that we thought this community had really started to move away from as Blu-ray and streaming media has really taken off over the...

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Add Windows Media Center to Window 8 Release Preview

Jun 1, 2012 by

Microsoft's Windows 8 Consumer Preview doesn't include Media Center, but these instructions will show you how to install it.

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