Possible issue running Xbox 360 PC setup on a Window XP SP3 system with Media Center 2005 installed

Update:  There is now a knowledge base article at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/954622 with more information and a workaround for the issue described in this blog post.  I encourage you to take a look at that article before using the steps listed in this blog post. Recently, I have heard from a few customers who have had an issue installing…

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Voting now open for the Media Center Show Awards 2007

Ian Dixon posted an item on his blog indicating that the voting for the Media Center Show Awards 2007 is now open.  This year, the Media Center Show Awards has the following categories: Best open source Media Center project Best free (or free beta) Media Center application Best commercial Media Center application Media Center design…

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Mailbag: Why doesn't the green button on my remote work until I launch Media Center manually?

Question: I have a computer that is running Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005.  When I press the green button on my Media Center remote control, it will not launch Media Center for me.   I can use the mouse to launch Media enter, and after that the remote control will work fine.  Even if I close Media Center,…

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How to repair a localization pack for Update Rollup 2 for Windows XP Media Center 2005

Recently, I heard from a customer who has a system with Update Rollup 2 for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 and a localization pack that is used to add support for one of the new locales that was added in the Update Rollup 2 product.  However, the customer ran into a problem that caused…

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Possible cause of Media Center remote control button issues related to HID service

Recently, I heard from a customer who had a problem where some buttons on their remote control worked but others did not.  They tried the workarounds in the Remote Control and IR Receiver Errors section of this blog article, but none of them helped. Fortunately, they found a post on the Logitech discussion forum that…

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My thoughts about using WiX and RegisterMceApp in Media Center application setups

As part of his series about creating a Windows Vista Media Center application, Steven Harding recently posted an item on his blog describing how to create an installer for a Media Center application.  In this post, Steven walks through the process of determining what registry entries need to be created under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Media Center\Extensibility, and then…

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Update Rollup 2 setup can fail because it does not detect the .NET Framework 1.1 SP1

It has been a while since I’ve written about any setup issues related to Update Rollup 2 for Media Center 2005.  The lack of posts has been caused by several things: Most (if not all) systems that ship with XP Media Center pre-installed now also include Update Rollup 2, so there isn’t a need for…

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You can now boot an Xbox 360 directly into Media Center

I just noticed blog posts from Michael Creasy and Ian Dixon that I want to make sure everyone notices.  If you have an Xbox 360 that you are using as a Media Center extender, once you install the Xbox Spring 2007 Dashboard Update, you will be able to configure your Xbox 360 to boot directly…

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The Media Center Show #103 with Francis Hogle

Ian Dixon has posted episode #103 of the Media Center Show.  You can view a summary transcript and download the episode from this blog post – http://iandixon.spaces.live.com/Blog/cns!36983156CAA83EA9!1953.entry. In this episode, Ian talks with Francis Hogle.  Francis was the development manager for the Media Center core platform team for the Windows Vista release, and also worked…

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