How To Install Windows 7 and Media Center on a HTPC

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Windows Media Center

Windows 7 Media Center

Starting Media Center is easy, click start and then Windows Media Center. If you have a “green button” remote, you can simply press the green button and it will start. This is the screen you see when starting Media Center the first time.

Windows 7 Media Center Setup

We chose to run an express configuration, there is still a bit of info that is required here.

Windows 7 Media Center Live TV

We’ll start off with the Live TV setup. Windows will detect what type of capture card you have installed (if you have one) and try to detect what is connected to it. In this case we only have the ATSC (over the air HD) antenna connected.

Windows 7 Media Center Live TV

Media Center does a good job of finding the type of source you have and will pick out the basic channel lineup when hooked to cable. WMC downloads guide data automatically in 2 week increments for both your cable and OTA HD (Over The Air). 

Windows 7 Media Center Live TV

ATSC requires your zip code to reference a database for the broadcasts available in your area.

Windows 7 Media Center Live TV

Here we see Silverlight PlayReady being installed and configured. Oh how we love DRM! Luckily we haven’t run into a situation where this has inhibited anything we were trying to do.

Windows 7 Media Center Live TV Guide

Once PlayReady has completed installation we’re ready to watch and/or record live TV or check out the guide. The screen shot above gives you an idea of what the default guide looks like. There are ways to customize this, just as there are for Media Center’s other functions, the sky is the limit! Find something that works for you and stick with it!

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