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Windows 7: Temporary recordings in Windows Media Center

15 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 Pro
Temporary recordings in Windows Media Center

Hi there,

I have the live TV buffering function turned in in Windows Media Center, so I can pause and skip through stuff I have just watched. I am wondering where this video is stored and how I can watch it.

I would like to save something I have recently watched to my hard drive permanently.


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20 Mar 2011   #2

Windows 7 pro x64 SP1
WMC temp recordings

Go Control Panel/Folder Options/View and make hidden + protected system files visible.

Locate your Recorded TV folder - mine is on my D drive (look in Media Center/Tasks/Settings/TV/Recorder/Recorder Storage if unsure)

In Recorded TV folder locate TempRec folder

Inside should be TempSBE folder

If MC has run recently there should be some temp.sbf files in TempSBE. On my system these are all suspiciously the same size 0.5GB which I guess is 30mins of buffer.

I have tried opening these files in various apps inc MC to no avail - let me know if you have any sucess.

Finally reset sytem files back to 'hidden'

snip of my file location

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21 Mar 2011   #3

Windows 7 Pro

Thanks. I've found the files. I'll post back if I find a way to use them
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06 Oct 2011   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64

The temp files are actually DVR-MS files. Just rename them to .dvr-ms and open and convert them to MPG with TS Converter as you would any .dvr-ms file.
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