Contents tagged with Windows XP Media Center

  • Emergency Patch.. The effect on installations?

    Posted by MBrant on October 24 2008, 1:55 AM. Posted in Windows (general), Windows XP, Windows Server 2008, Security, Windows x64, Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center, Windows Vista, Seven, Windows "7".

    Microsoft has been quick to act on informing IT pros and the general public on the security issue in nearly every NT-based Windows version out in the wild however more details are still lacking.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>

    The bug concerns the Server service found in all NT-based Windows OS responsible for communication between computers in a Windows based Network allowing for remote execution of code.

    Bink first reported the issue along with a link to the rather small KB article. Since then Microsoft updated the article (several times?) to provide more information to the public. Questions are raised after seeing this additional information.

    <o:p></o:p>Why are Windows 2000 / XP / 2003 rated "Critical" and why are Vista and 2008 rated "Important"?<o:p></o:p>Why is there information available on what could happen on Windows 2000 / XP / 2003 systems but not on what could happen to Vista and 2008 systems?<o:p></o:p>Why are Windows Server 2008 Core installations effected?<o:p></o:p>Who found this critical flaw? (Internal or external reporting)<o:p></o:p>How come Windows 7 is effected? (This also confirms the bug is in the deep roots of the NT Server service and no major overhaul is taking place in concerning these types of services in Windows 7, not that a overhaul was expected.)<o:p></o:p>The updated are available to all users via Windows Update right now. All systems using the default autoupdate settings should get the patch tonight. For enterprise deployment, please refer to the deployment guide.<o:p></o:p>

    Hopefully when the systems are patched, we could get a glimpse on how this bug works and how it could be there has been a flaw in a modern and secure system for over 8 years now. More information will be posted as it comes available.

  • Microsoft Directly Engages Custom Installers at CEDIA EXPO 2007

    Posted by bink on September 6 2007, 12:09 AM. Posted in Windows XP Media Center, Windows Vista.

    As support for Windows Media Center continues to grow, Microsoft announces new hardware alliances, new software capabilities and the Ultimate Install Contest.

    Microsoft Corp. is exhibiting at CEDIA EXPO 2007 to build direct relationships with custom installers and illustrate the growing CEDIA channel support for home entertainment and automation systems based on the Microsoft® Windows® Media Center platform.

    “Our software and hardware alliances in the CEDIA market have created a huge amount of interest in Windows Media Center as the platform of choice for the digital home,” said Scott Evans, group manager in the Entertainment and Devices eHome Division at Microsoft. “As a result of our growing collaborations, Microsoft decided the time was right to establish a direct presence at the custom installation channel’s most eagerly anticipated annual event, CEDIA EXPO. We are fully committed to making Windows Media Center-based devices the most compelling entertainment solutions, and we are here to demonstrate our support for the custom channel.”

    Microsoft’s presence at the show is accompanied by several impressive announcements that bolster the standing of Windows Media Center as the fastest-growing platform in the custom installation market.

    Some of the biggest names at CEDIA are intensifying their support of Windows Media Center at the show:

    Life|ware™, the industry pioneer in Windows Media Center-based digital entertainment software, unveiled its own line of Windows Media Center hardware, including new high-end systems featuring Quad-CableCARD-tuners. Windows Media Center-based Life|ware home automation software took a leap forward with news regarding a future Windows Home Server Add-in to complement its announced Windows Home Server-based Life|storage™ server.

    Home automation giant Crestron Electronics Inc. officially announced that it will now be a Microsoft Windows Media Center direct OEM and will deliver Windows Media Center-based hardware in 2008.

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  • Microsoft Seeks Ultimate Windows Media Center Installation

    Posted by bink on September 6 2007, 12:07 AM. Posted in Windows XP Media Center, OEM system builder, Windows Vista.

    Microsoft design contest specific to Windows Media Center invites custom installers to showcase their unique digital home deployments featuring MCE technology.

    Calling all custom installers! Microsoft Corp. is searching for the custom installation industry’s innovators to submit distinctive installations for the Windows® Media Center Ultimate Install Contest. The first of its kind, this design contest seeks to recognize the residential custom electronics systems installation business that best utilizes Windows Media Center in a custom installation solution.

    Increasingly, Windows Media Center is being implemented in solutions for the custom channel, so Microsoft is challenging industry professionals to present their most unique and creative installations using the technology. The contest was announced at CEDIA EXPO 2007.

    “This is a chance not only to show the amazing things custom installers can do with the Windows Media Center platform, but also to have some fun,” said Scott Evans, group manager in the Entertainment and Devices eHome Division at Microsoft. “Our partners in the custom channel are taking our software and building incredible digital home solutions, so we decided now was a great time to give them the chance to showcase their best work and compete to be recognized as the ultimate MCE installer.”

    Contest Eligibility Overview

    The Windows Media Center Ultimate Install Contest is about finding the best implementation of MCE designed and installed as a part of a residential electronics system:

    A company may submit up to two unique entries to the contest, which must include an installation overview and description that detail the featured highlights of the installation as well as a list of integrated components.

    Each entry must contain information regarding the project cost and engineering details of the installation.

    The installation must be completed before the close of the entry period on Nov. 1, 2007.

    “We are looking for an installer who is able to create a seamless user experience using Windows Media Center devices,” Evans said. “Creativity, originality and functionality will all impact the judges’ decisions, but the installer’s success integrating Windows Media Center into the heart of the home will reflect the ‘Ultimate Install.’” Continue At Source

  • Media Center to Support 4 CableCards; New Extenders in the Works

    Posted by sumeethevans on September 6 2007, 12:07 AM. Posted in Windows XP Media Center, Windows Vista.

    Microsoft is taking Media Center to the next level, adding support for four CableCards and finally announcing partners for Media Center Extender (aka Pika).

    Previously, Media Center could support only two CableCards, or omni-directional OpenCable Unidirectional Receivers (OCUR), which allow the PCs to play hi-def, protected content from the cable companies. Niveus Media and Exceptional Innovation are the first companies to offer support for four CableCard tuners. Niveus supports external tuners, while EI will build CableCard slots into its new LifeMedia servers.

    “Before, it was a combination of technological and licensing issues,” that limited Media Centers to two CableCards, says Scott Evans, Microsoft program manager for eHome devices. Media Centers can distribute content to as many as five Media Center Extenders (currently Xbox 360s), so now four of those streams can be live HD cable.

    New Extenders:

    More big news: One of the Extenders in the EI demo is not an Xbox 360. That’s right, Microsoft is finally announcing partners who will deliver Extender alternatives to the Xbox 360. Known as Pika, the Media Center Extender technology will be embedded in products from two partners, although Microsoft is not naming the partners until Thursday.

    In fact, the Pika partner in the EI demo is not being revealed, but Evans assures us it is not an Xbox in disguise. What has taken so long for third-party Extenders to come to market? The speculation has been that the Extender technology in the Xbox requires too much processing power to bring Pika to lower-cost devices.

    The newer version operates at about 200 MHz and is “a really economical platform,” Evans says. Although the Xbox version of Extender is “ridiculously powerful,” he explains, “you can barely tell the difference” in performance between Xbox and the Pika products when used as Extenders.  One difference you can tell is that the new Extenders are a heck of a lot quieter than the Xbox.

    Evans says that the rollout of Pika will be gradual. “At first, we’ll have a limited number of partners,” he says. “In the future there will be more choice.” Ditto for the quad-OCUR solution. Right now, EI and Niveus are the only partners to be announced.

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  • HP Exits Media Center Business

    Posted by bink on March 28 2007, 11:50 PM. Posted in Windows XP Media Center.

    "The first big adapter of Microsoft's Media Center Edition is quietly dropping MCE. HP is ceasing production of its Digital Entertainment Center, the only real success story for Media Center PCs in a living-room form factor. As the first company to embrace Microsoft's MCE, at a time when the platform was still half-baked, HP was simply spent by the time Vista rolled around. Now the company will put its resources into MediaSmart, a new line of TVs with a digital media adapter (not an MCE) built in. HP insists that its departure is not a statement about the viability of the Media Center platform."
  • Media Center Extenders V2 vs MCE2005

    Posted by bink on December 14 2006, 4:04 AM. Posted in Windows XP Media Center.

    We all know the story about V1 Extenders and how they won't work with Vista (see previous blog postings, V1 Media Center Extenders vs. Vista and Additional Information on v1 Extenders/Vista for that story). However, another question that has come up recently in the newsgroups and TGB forums is whether upcoming V2 Extenders would work in Media Center 2005.

    I finally got a definitive answer from my sources at Microsoft, and it is the following:

    The Media Center Extender Platform Adaptation Kit enables partners to build Extenders for use with Windows Vista. Because Extender technology is a superset of the PlaysForSure device program, these devices will also be able to connect to Windows Media Connect/Windows Media Player Network Sharing running on Media Center 2005 PCs. They will not, however, connect to Media Center 2005 as Extenders.

    Note that when I say V2 Extenders, an Xbox 360 would, for all intents and purposes, not be considered to be a V2 Extender, as it will, in many scenarios, exceed what a V2 Extender can do. Continue At Source

  • Update for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 (KB926251) (WMP10 Issue)

    Posted by bink on December 14 2006, 3:45 AM. Posted in Windows XP Media Center.

    Microsoft has released KB926251 Update. This update is intended for systems running Update for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 (KB913800).Install this update to address Windows Media Player 10 automatic update failures after installing Update for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 (KB913800).For more information about this update, read Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 926251. (This site may be in English.)Download At Source or via WindowsUpdate
  • Happy Birthday, Windows XP Media Center Edition!

    Posted by bink on October 31 2006, 6:57 PM. Posted in Windows XP Media Center.

    While Windows XP might be celebrating its 5th Birthday, Windows XP Media Center Edition is celebrating its 4th Birthday today!It’s been a long ride, but it all started on October 29, 2002 when HP started shipping their first Media Center PC.Full story and more pics at source

  • Indian cricketers use Microsoft technology to improve their play

    Posted by bink on October 28 2006, 11:24 AM. Posted in Windows XP Media Center.

    Cricket is serious business in India and the national team is now using the latest technology to improve their game. Local batsman Virender Sehwag has been out of form in recent games. So Indian cricketers have been working closely with his coach and team mates to sort out any glitches in his technique. But one of Sehwag's hidden helpers has been his laptop which he takes with him on cricket tours around the world. Fitted with Microsoft's Media Centre operating system, the laptop enables Sehwag to watch his batting closely. He said: "Whenever I want to watch my batting, I can watch it closely.....I can watch my foot movements....I can watch if my body position is okay, my back lift is coming in the right direction. You can rewind, you can forward, you can go live." At the Rajasthan Cricket Stadium in Jaipur, 10 cameras around the ground feed the interface. The players are videotaped in action. The video is then edited, analyzed and played back to pinpoint faults and improve techniques. The software, which allows for immediate rewind and slow-motion screening, is already being used by third umpires in the game. Besides individual players, the team management is also using the Media Centre to study performance and also to build strategy against technical loopholes in the opposing team. Intense competition in international cricket today means the traditional factors - talent and hard work - are no longer enough. Technology has a major role to play too. But the pause-and-view features of the Media Centre operating system can be used for more than just sports. Continue At Source
  • Microsoft Releases October 2006 Update Rollup for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 (KB925766)

    Posted by bink on October 24 2006, 11:54 PM. Posted in Windows XP Media Center.

    Microsoft has released Update Rollup KB925766. This update is intended for systems running Update Rollup 2 for Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005.This update rollup is cumulative and supersedes the following updates:
    • KB908250 - October 2005 Update Rollup for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005
    • KB912067 - January 2006 Update Rollup for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005
    • KB914548 - April 2006 Update Rollup for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005
    • KB919803 - July 2006 Update Rollup for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

    Issues that are resolved by this update

    In addition to the fixes that are contained in the updates that are listed in the "Hotfix replacement information" section, this update resolves the following issues:
    When you scan for services in Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, a connected Italian (Rome) 810 megahertz (MHz) version of MUX is not found.
    Windows XP Media Center may not be compatible with certain third-party audio stream plug-ins.
    A race condition may occur after you install Microsoft Windows Media Player 11. Because of this problem, licenses are not saved for TV programs that are recorded and protected. For example, TV programs that are recorded from a provider such as HBO or Showtime will only play for up to three days.

    Information for Windows Media Center Extenders

    Windows Media Center Extenders, such as the Microsoft Xbox 360, use network ports to communicate over the network with computers that are running Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. This update rollup contains updates to Media Center programs that may have been previously configured as "approved" or "allowed" by a third-party firewall. If you use a third-party firewall, you may have to manually update your firewall to let the new versions of these programs access the ports. If you do not perform these firewall updates, you may experience failures when you try to connect the Windows Media Center Extender to the Media Center computer. For more information about how to configure a firewall for a Windows Media Center Extender, visit the following Microsoft Web site: (
    For more information about this update, read Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 925766. (This site may be in English.)Download At Source
  • Microsoft sold over 20 million units of Windows XP Media Center Edition

    Posted by bink on October 16 2006, 12:42 PM. Posted in Windows XP Media Center.

    MCE passed a big milestone this past week.  Microsoft just announced at Digital Life that they now sold over 20 million units of Windows XP Media Center Edition: It wasn’t that long ago that we announced 10 million…  early April, I think… so the growth is significant and still ramping as we go into the holiday season.  If you think about comparisons in volume – the installed base of Tivo, for example (eg. just over 2 million standalone PVRs) – it’s both an accomplishment we’re proud of and an ‘economic factor’ that we think will fuel a lot of continuing innovation on the platform like much of the 3rd party work that many of you have written about in the past. When we talk to content providers, PC vendors, device vendors, etc. etc., obviously one of the things that guides their investment in our platform is how ‘big’ it is from a volume perspective, and I think along with the growth we’re seeing right now will be a ton of super fun and interesting innovation both on the XP platform and on the richer, more capable Windows Vista platform when it’s widely available.  (and it’s worth mentioning that all the Media Center PCs that ship this holiday will be “Vista Premium Ready”, so they will be a great platform for Vista as well.) 
  • Nice HDTV screen for your Windows XP Media Center

    Posted by bink on July 28 2006, 2:59 PM. Posted in Windows XP Media Center.

    Giant HDTV video screen constructed at Tokyo-area horse track Mitsubishi Electric has completed construction of the world’s largest high-definition video screen at a horse track in Tokyo. The screen employs Mitsubishi’s Aurora Vision LED technology and measures 11.2 meters (37 feet) x 66.4 meters (218 feet), giving it a surface area of 744 square meters (8,000+ square feet), or the equivalent of 3 tennis courts. Mitsubishi manufactured the screen for the Japan Racing Association (JRA) at its Nagasaki factory in the town of Togitsu, Nagasaki prefecture. The screen was divided into 35 pieces for delivery to the Tokyo Racecourse in Fuchu, Tokyo.

    The bright, high-definition display is 3 times larger than what was previously installed at the horse track, and the screen’s three sections allow the audience to take in the action at other tracks. Total cost is reported to be 3.2 billion yen (US$28 million).Also check this video from Japanese TV