October 2008 Cumulative Update packages for Media Center available for download

A couple of new cumulative update package for Windows Media Center have been released this week. The first is an update for Windows Vista Media Center that is called the October 2008 Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows Vista and is also known as KB955519.  It is available for download in x86 and x64…

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Link to System Update Readiness Tool for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 that can help fix OS update install errors

I have heard from several customers in the past who have had issues installing hotfixes or updates for Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008.  This type of problem can happen during .NET Framework 3.5 setup and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 setup because these products install service packs for the .NET Framework 2.0 and 3.0 behind the…

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Some notes about OS installation conditions in Media Center application setup files

Recently, I noticed this post on the Big Screen Blog where Niall Ginsbourg talks about some changes he made to the installers for his Big Screen applications for Windows Vista Media Center.  He didn’t go into much detail about what he changed, so I want to explain the OS version detection that happens in the…

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June 2008 Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows Vista available for download

A new cumulative update package for Windows Vista Media Center has been released this week.  This update is called the June 2008 Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows Vista and is also known as KB950126.  It is available for download in x86 and x64 versions.  It can be installed on systems running the original…

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Mailbag: The February 2008 Media Center Cumulative Update fails to install on Windows Vista SP1

Question: I saw your blog post about the February 2008 Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows Vista.  I have Windows Vista Ultimate Edition with SP1 installed, and when I try to install this Cumulative Update, it fails.  How can I get this update to install on my Windows Vista SP1 system? Answer: Windows Vista…

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Link to information about MyNetflix application for Windows Vista Media Center

I just noticed an interesting post on Ian Dixon’s blog that I wanted to link to here.  Anthony Park has posted this announcement on his blog about the release of new version of the MyNetflix application for Windows Vista Media Center.  The first version of MyNetflix was written as a hosted HTML application for Windows…

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February 2008 Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows Vista available for download

A new cumulative update package for Windows Vista Media Center has been released this week.  This update is called the February 2008 Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows Vista and is also known as KB947172.  It is available for download in x86 and x64 versions. The February 2008 Cumulative Update includes the following fixes:…

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TV Toolbox beta 4 now available for download

Beta 4 of TV Toolbox for Windows Vista Media Center has been released recently on the MCEDev.com site.  This beta includes bug fixes and functional changes that address issues reported by customers who used the first 3 beta versions.  Here are some links to additional information about TV Toolbox: Beta 4 announcement email, including a…

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Link announcing Big Screen Global web site and Big Screen Photos and Weather v2

Niall Ginsbourg announced the launch of his new Big Screen Global web site and the release of the Big Screen Photos v2 and Big Screen Weather v2 applications for Windows Vista Media Center. I have been using the beta versions of a few of the Big Screen applications for a while and they’re really nice. …

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How to re-enable Windows Media Center in the Default Programs control panel on Windows Vista Home Premium and Ultimate

Yesterday, I posted some information about a Group Policy setting that can prevent Windows Media Center from launching on a Windows Vista Home Premium or Ultimate system.  Since then, I have heard from a couple of people who have been receiving the same error message but who did not have this Group Policy setting enabled on…

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