Possible issue with Media Center hosted HTML applications on 64-bit Windows Vista

A possible problem currently exists for hosted HTML applications in Windows Media Center for Windows Vista on 64-bit versions of Windows Vista.  Windows Media Center hosts applications in a 64-bit process, and that 64-bit process currently only has the ability to host other 64-bit processes and ActiveX controls. A customer posted this item on his…

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Final version of Visual Studio 2005 SP1 has been released

The final version of Visual Studio 2005 service pack 1 has been made available for download.  You can check out the following links for more information about this new release: MSDN page for Visual Studio 2005 SP1 – http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/support/vs2005sp1/default.aspx Download site for Visual Studio 2005 SP1 for standard, professional and team editions – http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=BB4A75AB-E2D4-4C96-B39D-37BAF6B5B1DC Download…

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Bug in Votive can prevent culture settings from taking effect when building an MSI

Recently, I posted a set of instructions for creating an MSI-based installer for a Windows Media Center application using WiX v3.0 and Votive.  While I was working on writing those instructions, I noticed a frustrating issue that I could not consistently reproduce.  After I added the en-US culture attribute, saved and tried to build the MSI, I…

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Some useful things I have learned about Windows Installer and UAC

Recently, I was helping a customer investigate an issue in an MSI-based installer that they created for their Windows Media Center application for Windows Vista.  They included a custom action in their MSI that executed RegisterMceApp.exe /allusers to register their application to appear in Windows Media Center.  Because they used the /allusers switch, the installer…

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Sneak preview of a new Media Center application – Big Screen TV Series

Niall Ginsbourg from Mobilewares is working on another Windows Media Center application for Windows Vista using Media Center Markup Language (MCML) – Big Screen TV Series. The Big Screen TV Series application monitors your recorded TV shows and scheduled recordings for the future and downloads comprehensive series information (episode summaries, images, cast information, etc).  Then…

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Converting the Q sample application setup to use WiX v3.0 and Votive

  I previously posted an example of how to use WiX to build an MSI-based installer for a Windows Media Center application.  In that example, I created an installer for the Q podcast and video blog client sample application that is included in the Windows Media Center SDK for Windows Vista, and I used WiX…

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Windows Media Center SDK documentation for Windows Vista now available on MSDN

I just noticed today that the documentation included in the help file that ships in the Windows Media Center SDK for Windows Vista has been published on MSDN.  This makes it easier to access the documentation by performing web searches on a system that does not have the Windows Media Center SDK installed. You can now…

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New MSDN Forums for Windows XP Embedded

A new set of MSDN Forums have been created to discuss Windows XP Embedded issues.  If you have any questions about XP Embedded development or deployment scenarios, I encourage you to check out these links: Windows XP Embedded forum home – http://forums.microsoft.com/embeddedwindows/default.aspx?siteid=47 Embedded Enabling Features (EEF) forum – http://forums.microsoft.com/EmbeddedWindows/ShowForum.aspx?ForumID=1178&SiteID=47 Components and run-time image issues forum…

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Application compatibility white paper for Media Center HTML applications on Windows Vista

A white paper has recently been published that outlines development, design and deployment guidelines for hosted HTML applications for Windows Media Center in Windows Vista.  Included in this documentation is a specific set of factors that developers must consider in Windows Vista that are new or changed from previous versions of Windows Media Center. If…

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How to resolve ehExtHost crashes that can occur when launching Media Center

I have heard from a few customers in recent weeks who received an error dialog every time they launched Windows Media Center.  This dialog had the following title and text: Title: ehExtHost – Common Language Runtime Debugging Services Text: Application has generated an exception that could not be handled. Windows Media Center was usable after…

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