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Set Up Windows Media Center in Windows Vista Home Premium and Windows Vista Ultimate

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This document pertains to HP Notebook PCs with Windows Vista.

Understanding Windows Media Center

Windows Media Center enables you to use your computer as an integrated, seamless entertainment center. Windows Media Center is included with Windows Vista Home Premium and Windows Vista Ultimate editions. Other versions of Vista, Windows Vista Home Basic and Windows Vista Business, do not include Windows Media Center. Windows Media Player is also available for those of you who only want a simple program for playing CDs or DVDs.
You can use Windows Media Center to:
  • view internet TV, record live television, watch recorded TV, and watch DVDs
  • listen to internet radio, FM radio, and play music
  • view pictures and videos
  • view sports games, game statistics, and sports news

Accessing Windows Media Center

You can access Windows Media Center using a mouse or using the HP Media Center Remote Control. There are two types of HP Media Center remote controls: the HP ExpressCard Mobile Media Center Remote Control and the HP Media Center Handheld Remote Control.
Figure 1: HP ExpressCard Mobile Media Center Remote Control
Figure 2: HP Media Center Handheld Remote Control
To access Windows Media Center from the HP Media Center remote control, press the Windows Start button . Install the battery in the remote control prior to using the HP Media Center remote control. The HP ExpressCard Media Center remote control is designed to fit into the express card slot, for easy carrying convenience.
To access Windows Media Center using the mouse, click Start, type media in the search field, and select Windows Media Center when it becomes available.

Navigating Windows Media Center

The Windows Media Center interface has two sets of menu items. The main menu items are listed from top to bottom of the interface. The main menu items are:
  • Pictures + Videos - this menu item allows you to view a list of all of the digital pictures and video clips that Media Center found stored on the hard disk drive. The videos in this category do not include movies.
  • Music - this menu option allows you to access the music library, rip CDs, copy CDs to the hard disk drive, play music, buy or rent music online, search the music library, and create playlists and music queues.
  • TV + Movies - this menu option allows you to record TV, watch live TV, play DVDs, search for TV shows and movies, and browse the TV guide and the movie guide.
  • Sports - this menu option allows you to find information about which sports games are broadcasting at the current time (on now), which games will broadcast at a later time (on later), game scores, and statistics about your favorite players.
  • QuickPlay - this menu option allows you to view DVDs and listen to CDs in HP's QuickPlay program.
  • Online Media - this menu option gives you access to online content, thus allowing you to play games on demand, share pictures, find digital music and radio programs, download movies, and watch videos over the internet.
  • Tasks - this menu option allows you to adjust settings, shut down your PC, add a Media Center extender, and burn CDs and DVDs.
The menu items that are listed from the left to the right of the interface are the sub-menu items for the main menu option that was initially selected.
For example, when the TV + Movies main menu option is selected, the list of items that displays from the left to the right of the screen for the selected menu item are more tv, recorded tv, internet tv, play dvd, and set up tv. When you first open Windows Media Center, the TV + Movies menu opens by default. Within the TV + Movies menu option, the recorded tv item is selected by default.
1 - Up and down arrows
2 - Left and right arrows
To select a main menu option, click the up or down arrows to scroll through the list of items. When you get to the option that you want, click the name of the menu option. To view the sub-menu items for the main menu option that you selected, click the left or right arrows. When you get to the sub-menu item that you want, click the name of the sub-menu item to view the available options.
For example, if you want to navigate to the search option in the Music menu, click Music, click the right arrow to scroll to the right, and click search when you see it. After you click Search, another window appears, from which you can search the music collection. You can type letters or characters into the search window that appears.

Understanding TV and movie options

Windows Media Center allows you to view live TV through your television service, view DVDs, and even record TV. Please respect the intellectual property and copyright laws and do not copy or otherwise use copyrighted TV and movie materials without authorization.
You must have a TV tuner card installed on your computer before you can set up TV. The type of TV programs that you can view depend on the type of TV programming that you subscribe to from your cable or satellite provider.

Setting up TV

To watch TV, you must first set up your TV signal. To set up TV in Windows Media Center, open Windows Media Center, select TV + Movies, scroll to the right, and select set up TV. The TV signal wizard will open. Follow the on-screen instructions. As the TV signal wizard guides you through the setup process, you will have the option of setting up your TV signal automatically or manually.
If you choose to set up your TV signal automatically, but you encounter problems doing so, try setting up your TV signal manually. If you tried setting up your TV signal automatically and you tried setting up your TV signal manually and you still encounter problems, you may need to reinstall the TV tuner driver.

Downloading and installing the latest TV tuner driver from the HP website

To download and install the latest TV tuner driver for your PC, follow the steps below:
  1. Open a browser and go to the Software & Driver downloads page.
  2. Type the PC's model number in the search field and then press Enter.
  3. When prompted, select the specific product from the models listed.
  4. When prompted, select the proper operating system.
  5. View the list of drivers, and click the desired driver to open a window with additional information.
    • To install the updated driver without downloading the file, click the Install now option. This option is not always available.
      Follow the prompts to install the driver.
    • To save the file to your PC for installation at another time, click the Download only option. When prompted, select Save, and then select a storage location on your hard drive.
  6. After the file is downloaded, navigate to the folder where the file was saved and double-click the file to begin the installation.

Recording TV

To record TV with Windows Media Center, open Windows Media Center, click recorded tv, and select add recording. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up the TV recording.

Viewing recorded TV

To view TV that was recorded with Windows Media Center, open Windows Media Center, click recorded tv, select the recording that you would like to view, and then click Play. The available recordings are listed by date recorded or by title.

Viewing internet TV

To view internet TV, connect the computer to the internet, open Windows Media Center, and click internet tv. Connecting to internet TV for the first time may take a few minutes. Please be patient. You may now select a TV program from the available internet TV options to view.

Playing DVDs

To play DVDs with Windows Media Center, open Windows Media Center, insert a DVD into the DVD drive, click play dvd and view the show.

Listening to music

Windows Media Center allows you to play music, search the music collections, and listen to FM and internet radio. Please respect the intellectual property and copyright laws and do not copy or otherwise use copyrighted music materials without authorization.

Setting up a music library

To set up your music library with Windows Media Center, open Windows Media Center, click Music, and then click music library, right-click anywhere on the music library window and select Library Setup. Select Add folder to watch and follow the on-screen instructions. You must own the appropriate licenses to play music with Windows Media Center.

Playing all music

There are two ways to play music with Windows Media Center. You can play all of the music in the music library or you can customize the way that you play the music. To play all of the music in your music library, open Windows Media Center, click Music, and then click play all. Music will begin playing in shuffle mode.
To customize the way you play the music, open Windows Media Center, click Music, and then click music library. From the music library, you can play the music by artist, genre, song, composer, year, or album.

Listening to FM radio

You must have an FM tuner installed in your computer to play FM radio stations. To listen to the radio with Windows Media Center, open Windows Media Center, click Music, and then click radio.

Listening to internet radio

To listen to internet radio, connect the computer to the internet, open Windows Media Center, click Music, and then click more music. A list of default internet radio stations that were loaded as part of the operating system displays. Some of the internet radio stations are free, others require a subscription.

Search music

To search your music collection, open Windows Media Center, click Music, and then click search.
NOTE:Depending on the size of your computer screen, you may have to click the arrow to scroll over to search before you will be able to click search. Enter the first few letters of the name of the artist or the first few letters of the name of the song for which you want to search. The results of your search, if any, appear on the right side of your screen.

Understanding pictures and videos

Windows Media Center allows you to view your pictures and videos. Picture and video libraries allow you to organize files into one central location, called a library, rather than selecting individual files that are stored on your hard disk drive. Please respect the intellectual property and copyright laws and do not copy or otherwise use copyrighted pictures or videos without authorization.

Setting up a picture library

To set up your picture library with Windows Media Center, open Windows Media Center, click Pictures + Videos, and then click picture library. Right-click anywhere on the screen and then select the Library Setup option. Select Add folder to watch and follow the on-screen instructions.

Viewing pictures

There are two ways to view your pictures with Windows Media Center. You can view all of the pictures in your picture library by choosing to play a slide show, or you can customize the way that you view the pictures.
To view all of the pictures in your picture library in a slide show, open Windows Media Center, click Pictures + Videos, and then click picture library. Click play slide show. Windows Media Center cycles through the pictures.
To customize the way you play your pictures, open Windows Media Center, click Pictures + Videos, and then click picture library. From the picture library, you can play the pictures by folder, tag, or date taken. For example, if you want to view only pictures of your dog, Fido, you would click tags from the picture library, and then choose the name of the tag that you gave to all of your Fido pictures. Media Center now cycles through all of your Fido pictures.

Setting up a video library

To set up your video library with Windows Media Center, open Windows Media Center, click Pictures + Videos, and then click video library. Right-click anywhere on the video library window and select Library Setup. Select Add folder to watch and follow the on-screen instructions.

Viewing videos

To view your videos with Windows Media Center, open Windows Media Center, click Pictures + Videos, and then click video library. You can view your videos by folder or date taken.

Understanding sports

Windows Media Center allows you to view sports games, game statistics, and sports news from the SportsLounge. You must have a TV tuner installed in your computer and be connected to the internet to view sports games via the SportsLounge. You can view games that are on at the current time (on now), or you can record games that are on at a later time (on later).

Viewing games that are on now

To view games that are on at the current time, open Windows Media Center, click Sports, and then click on now.

Viewing games that are on later

To view games that are on at a later time, open Windows Media Center, click Sports, and then click on later.

Viewing scores

To view game scores, open Windows Media Center, click Sports, and then click scores.

Viewing players

To view information about your favorite athlete, open Windows Media Center, click Sports, and then click players. Click add players, select the players for whom you want to view information, and then click save.

Viewing sports news online in the SportsLounge

To view game news online, Open Windows Media Center, click Sports, and then click more sports. Select from the various options to begin viewing sports news online.

Using online media

You can use online media to download and buy TV shows and movies, watch streaming TV, listen to streaming radio, and purchase music. You can also view, store, and order prints of your favorite pictures online. To use online media with Windows Media Center, open Windows Media Center, scroll to Online Media, and then select one of the available options.

Launching HP QuickPlay

If you insert a DVD into the computer, but Media Center is not running, HP QuickPlay will automatically detect and play the DVD. If you insert a DVD and Media Center is running, then Media Center will automatically detect and play the DVD.
If you want to play a DVD in HP QuickPlay from Windows Media Center, open Windows Media Center, scroll to QuickPlay, and select DVD.

Performing tasks

The Windows Media Center Tasks feature allows you to:
  • change the settings
  • perform standard computer shutdown tasks
  • burn media onto CDs or DVDs
  • synchronize media content on a portable media player with media content that is on the computer
  • add Media Center Extenders, such as a gaming console
  • run Windows Media Center in media only mode.
    NOTE:The Media only mode keeps Media Center displayed in full screen. The minimize and close buttons are hidden in media only mode.
To perform tasks with Windows Media Center, open Windows Media Center, scroll to Tasks, and select the task that you want to perform.
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