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Windows Media Center - RSS Feeds - Setup to Read

How to Read RSS Feeds with Windows Media Center
Published by Kari
14 Feb 2013
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How to Read RSS Feeds with Windows Media Center

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If you have a media extender or use your TV as a PC display, why not do your news reading and Seven Forums surfing sitting on couch, controlling RSS reader and IE with Windows Media Center remote control.

This tutorial will show how to use your Windows Media Center as an RSS feed reader.

Note   Note
The N and KN editions of Windows 7 have all the features that normally come with each individual Windows 7 edition, except for Windows Media Player 12 and related programs, such as Windows Media Center or Windows DVD Maker.

The N editions of Windows 7 allow you to choose your own media player and software required to manage and play CDs, DVDs, and other digital media files. If you choose to use Windows Media Player 12, downloading it, along with related software, is free.
Download Media Feature Pack for Windows 7 N with Service Pack 1 and Windows 7 KN with Service Pack 1 (KB968211) from Official Microsoft Download Center

Before starting you need to download and activate the Media Center RSS Reader plugin from OABsoftware. Plugin is freeware, free to use although creator accepts donations.
Windows Media Center - RSS Feeds - Setup to Read-wmc_rss_16.png
Click download button on the left to download. While downloading, click activate button to order an activation code. Please notice that plugin is completely safe and does not install any so called crapware on your computer. I have used WMC RSS Reader over three years now and have never had any issues with it.




PART ONE
Subscribe the Seven Forums RSS feed


WMC RSS Reader can only show news feeds subscribed using Internet Explorer version 8 or later. Here's how to subscribe the Seven Forums RSS feed in Internet Explorer:
  1. Open IE, go to http://www.sevenforums.com/external.php?type=RSS2
  2. Click Subscribe to this feed:
    Name:  WMC_RSS_06.png
Views: 442
Size:  14.0 KB
  3. Click Subscribe to confirm your subscription:
    Name:  WMC_RSS_07.png
Views: 432
Size:  8.5 KB
  4. When subscription is confirmed, continue to Part 2:
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Views: 433
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PART TWO
Setup and use WMC RSS Reader plugin

  1. When you have downloaded and installed plugin on your computer, launch WMC, click Extras on main menu:
    Windows Media Center - RSS Feeds - Setup to Read-wmc_rss_02.png
  2. Click Media Center Reader icon:
    Windows Media Center - RSS Feeds - Setup to Read-wmc_rss_03.png
  3. Fill in your email you used to activate plugin and activation code, click Activate:
    Windows Media Center - RSS Feeds - Setup to Read-wmc_rss_04.png
  4. Your activation will be confirmed. Click OK:
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Views: 429
Size:  6.1 KB
  5. Click again WMC RSS Reader icon in WMC Extras:
    Click image for larger version

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  6. You will now see the earlier subscribed Seven Forums RSS feed. Click it:
    Windows Media Center - RSS Feeds - Setup to Read-wmc_rss_09.png
  7. Click any post to view it in WMC:
    Windows Media Center - RSS Feeds - Setup to Read-wmc_rss_10.png
  8. Click Show Page to view it in browser in WMC:
    Windows Media Center - RSS Feeds - Setup to Read-wmc_rss_11.png
  9. You get a warning which can be dismissed. Select Don't ask me this again, click View Now:
    Name:  WMC_RSS_12.png
Views: 422
Size:  21.8 KB
  10. Now you can surf the Seven Forums normally using Media Center:
    Windows Media Center - RSS Feeds - Setup to Read-wmc_rss_13.png
  11. When you are finished, click WMC controls to return to RSS Reader or Main Menu:
    Windows Media Center - RSS Feeds - Setup to Read-wmc_rss_14.png
  12. You should also subscribe the Eight Forums RSS feed at Windows 8 Forums
    Name:  WMC_RSS_15.png
Views: 427
Size:  18.5 KB
Enjoy!

Kari





14 Feb 2013   #1
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Great job Kari.

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