Windows Media Center... why?

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by sevenacids, Sep 9, 2013.

  1. sevenacids

    sevenacids MDL Addicted

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    With all these tutorials floating around about how to build an ISO with WMC integrated (and maybe activated), I was just wondering how many people are actually still use Windows Media Center. Personally, I added it when I got Windows 8 and I think just because they offered these free upgrade keys, but when I setup Windows 8.1 a few days ago I deliberately left it out because I actually never ever used it (which was different a few years ago when I still watched TV using USB DVB-T). I mean, is it just like last year when there also was this loophole that allowed you to activate a non-genuine Windows 8 Pro install with it, the chase for "completeness", or why is everybody still going for this feature? Just curious... :rolleyes:
     
  2. Lacius

    Lacius MDL Junior Member

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    The reason people are talking about using and activating the WMC edition of Windows 8.1 is because of Microsoft's promotional free WMC upgrade that occurred in late 2012. This allowed people to get their hands on a lot of legitimate WMC keys.
     
  3. chinobino

    chinobino MDL Member

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    I think the full title is Windows 8.1 Pro WMC OCD.

    I don't think you are too far off the mark about "completeness"

    People don't like to let Microsoft defeat them - so they fight tooth and nail for features they might someday want to use.

    I use WMC to play DVD's, I have legit product keys though - if I didn't I'd just use Media Player Classic so it's no big deal really.
     
  4. murphy78

    murphy78 MDL DISM Enthusiast

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    I only install it because I got it for free :p I'd never buy it in a million years. I'd just use some other media player.
     
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  5. Humphrey

    Humphrey MDL Expert

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    Isn't WMC a TV tuner or something to that effect as well? I remember back on 05-06 when I bought me a Dell XPS 400 that came with Windows XP (Media Center) and it had the options to connect a tuner and then watch/record TV through WMC. I didn't get the card and some other things cause that baby was already at $2,200!
     
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  6. edgr.sanchez

    edgr.sanchez MDL Novice

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    I completely agree... I used to use WMC back when I used my Xbox as my Media Center unit... but I use PLEX now. It works much much better.
     
  7. Revolve

    Revolve MDL Novice

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    I also use it to watch/record TV through. I'm really annoyed it doesn't come as standard any more going forward.
     
  8. WinDev

    WinDev MDL Expert

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    Windows Media Center is a replacement for Windows Media Player. I use WMC on my W7 laptop for watching movies, listening music, watching TV... :cool:
     
  9. eydee

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    Some old analogue PCI TV tuner cards have no software for anything newer than XP, and old XP software won't work because MS changed the whole sound system in Vista. So the one and only application that can be used with these cards is WMC. I'd use it as well, if I watched TV more than 2 times in 10 years. But then I do...
     
  10. bonyjose

    bonyjose MDL Novice

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    just because they gave it for free, and used the promotional key for genine activation..:p
     
  11. edgr.sanchez

    edgr.sanchez MDL Novice

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    Isn't WMC supposed to be a Media Center application so that you can use your computer as a media center in a living room type scenario with a remote?
     
  12. murphy78

    murphy78 MDL DISM Enthusiast

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    Yes you can. It's main purpose is the tv-tuner handling. I believe there are infrared sensor+remote bundles you can buy for Media Center.
    You could probably pipe all your tv to media center and just have a tv sitting off to the side with an HDMI cable hooked up.
    The only reason I don't do that is that I sit close to my computer and the cooling fans are a little annoying.
     
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  13. ricktendo64

    ricktendo64 MDL Expert

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    WIKIMACK MDL Expert

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    +1 me also.
     
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  15. ian82

    ian82 MDL Expert

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    WMC is the first thing I uninstalled on Win 7 everytime. And I never bothered with it on 8 as well. MPC-HC is one player that I use which plays everything at super high quality
     
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  16. RanCorX2

    RanCorX2 MDL Addicted

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    wmc is a nice player and is not all bloated up like certain brand software. I use it with ffshow for dvd playback.
     
  17. Humphrey

    Humphrey MDL Expert

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  18. Enigma256

    Enigma256 MDL Senior Member

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    Record and watch TV. The best DVR software there is, period, and I've tried a lot.

    If you don't have a TV tuner, then WMC is probably useless. If you have a TV tuner (or 6, in my case), WMC is must-have.
     
  19. ljimbo

    ljimbo MDL Novice

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    I grabbed WMC for bothmy desktops.. and recently got a TV tuner.. it was quite nice.. then i discovered MediaPortal.. much better then WMC for some things specially with several computers around the house i can now stream TV to each box with no issues at all.. very simple