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Windows 7: Learning to use WMC


22 Nov 2010   #1

W7 Ultimate 64
 
 
Learning to use WMC

Hello,

I'm new to WMC, long being a TiVo user. There are several features of the TiVo that I miss or have yet to find how to use. Can any help me by answering my questions directly or sending me a link to a site that might be able to help? Thanks!

I'm looking for the WMC equivalent of these TiVo features:

1. Season Pass: record all the episodes of a particular show playing on one channel. Do not duplicate episodes that repeat. This is good for premium channel shows that first air on Sunday night then repeat for a week or so.

2. Wish List: record all episodes of a particular show or type of show. Do not duplicate episodes that repeat. This is good for watching sports such at baseball where nearly every game is televised on two channels. Locally, the SF Giants games are broadcast on a local channel or the Comcast sportsnet channel.

3. Season Pass Manager: put all the Season Pass and Wish List requests in a single list that describes their recording priority when conflicts arise.

4. To Do List: a list of planned recordings. This shows what is scheduled for recording and when.

5. Keep at Most/Keep Until...: This a feature of both Season Pass and Wish List where I can specify the number of episodes to keep before being deleted to make room for new episodes.

6. Delete and Recover: When I delete shows, I sometimes realize I made a mistake and want to recover a show recently deleted. Is this possible with WMC?

7. Group shows by Title: Group all the episodes of a show in a directory. Can WMC do this? I may be too new to WMC to realize this will happen automatically as shows build up in my library.

I really like the commercial skip feature of MCEBuddy. Are there any tip sites that I could read to make the best use of this tool?

Thanks for any answers or suggestions!

-Bob

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30 Nov 2010   #2

W7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Wow! Over 100 views but not one response. Is it something I said?

I'm trying to learn to use WMC after years of using TiVo. WMC seems pretty clucky in comparison. I imagine it's due to my TiVo-centric paradigm. Any tips on where to go to learn to best use WMC?

Help! Thanks!

-Bob
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30 Nov 2010   #3
MK2

 
 

Hi TiGmsm, welcome to SevenForums!

To start with WMC have a look here: Windows Media Center | Get started - Do I have it?

Here's a guide to MCEBuddy: MCEBuddy 1.x Install Guide

If you have more questions, let us know.

MK2
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30 Nov 2010   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Hi Bob, welcome to the Seven Forums.



This should cover most of your questions:
  • Clik a show in Guide, click Record series:
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  • You'll see now the red dots on that show in the guide, marking that recording is scheduled. One dot = single show recording, three dots = series recording:
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  • Now click TV > Recorded TV on WMC main page, on next page click the series you want to edit or click View scheduled. Click the show you want to edit:
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  • Click Actions > Record settings:
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  • Click Settings for the entire series:
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  • From settings page choose what, how and when to record, how long to keep and so on:
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  • When you setup a new recording, a dialog tells you if there's a scheduling conflict. Choose priorities here:
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That at least should help you to start.

Kari


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05 Dec 2010   #5

win7 32bit win7 home premium
 
 

I too am new at wmc. Do I have to import my videos from my external HD to my C:/ drive for wmc to work effeciantly? I would like to just play them from my external drive using wmc. Thanks
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05 Dec 2010   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nspire52 View Post
I too am new at wmc. Do I have to import my videos from my external HD to my C:/ drive for wmc to work effeciantly? I would like to just play them from my external drive using wmc. Thanks
  • In WMC main page, click Tasks > Settings
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  • Choose Media Libraries, click Next
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  • Choose a library you want to add folders to, click Next
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  • Choose Add folders to the library, click Next
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  • Choose the location where the folders you want to add are, click Next
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  • Select the folders you want to add to the library, click Next
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  • Choose Yes, use these locations if you are done, or choose No, I want to make more changes if you want to add more folders to this or another library. Click Finish (or Continue if you want to make more changes)
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    Learning to use WMC-wmc_media_library_7.png
Kari


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05 Dec 2010   #7

win7 32bit win7 home premium
 
 

I did alright all the way up to the screen that says "my movies that include sub folders" With that screen missing it shows that my movies are on my hard drives instead of my external drive
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05 Dec 2010   #8

win7 32bit win7 home premium
 
 

ok I found the screen that says "E:\including subfolders" (E:\ is my external drive) but when I click next wmc will be looking for videos on my c:\ drive. How do get it to say "my videos that include subfolders"? Thanks again for the help
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05 Dec 2010   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nspire52 View Post
I did alright all the way up to the screen that says "my movies that include sub folders" With that screen missing it shows that my movies are on my hard drives instead of my external drive
When selecting folders, they can be located on any HD connected to your computer. For instance, here I have chosen an external backup drive to be included, with all its subfolders:

Learning to use WMC-wmc_media_library_8.png

Of course I could also choose only some of the folders on that drive, instead of selecting the whole drive.

If you select a folder that includes subfolders, it says FOLDERNAME including subfolders. If you don't want to include all subfolders, you have to browse to that subfolder you want to add, and only include that.

Kari


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05 Dec 2010   #10

win7 32bit win7 home premium
 
 

In your example, is "media backup" a folder in your j:\ drive with all your movies in the folder called Media Backup? It looks like I should make a folder called "My Videos" and put my movies in that folder.
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