There is a new cumulative update package available for download today that applies to Windows Vista Media Center systems. This cumulative update is called the April 2007 Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows Vista, and is also known as KB932818, and is available in both x86 and x64 versions.
This update includes the following enhancements to Media Center functionality (which are also described in more detail in this knowledge base article):
- Ability to host 32-bit ActiveX controls on the 64-bit version of Media Center - this fixes the issue that I previously described in this blog post, and will allow a much larger range of Online Media content within the 64-bit version of Media Center; note that new items will not appear in Online Media on 64-bit systems until after KB932818 has been installed and then the system has had a chance to get another regularly scheduled Online Media content update
- Video playlist support for Media Center extenders
- Improved caching to reduce the amount of data that needs to be downloaded in some Online Media and Windows Media Center Presentation Layer web application scenarios
This update also includes the following bug fixes:
- Media Center does not correctly recognize some combo tuners (KB929011)
- Video playback may stop when resizing the Media Center window (KB932753)
- Video may freeze when playing some DVDs
- Playing a DVD using autorun may result in a "tuner not found" error
- Cover art for recorded TV movies may not appear in the DVD library view
- The wrong photo may be rotated when rotating photos during a slide show
- Deleting photos may result in an error stating "The URL contains one or more invalid characters."
Here are some useful links for this cumulative update:
- Knowledge base article for April 2007 Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows Vista (KB32818) - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/932818
- Download location for KB932818 package for x86 systems - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=AE86D8C1-4015-4B43-ABB6-123E6E539248&displaylang=en
- Download location for KB932818 package for x64 systems - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=8E75B530-2086-4A70-AB91-47DDB8B49AE7&displaylang=en
If you are running Windows Vista Home Premium or Ultimate editions and using Media Center, I highly encourage you to install the April 2007 cumulative update (KB932818) on your system.