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Windows 7: Windows 7 MCE, are you using it?

13 Sep 2009   #1
Ollie89

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Windows 7 MCE, are you using it?

Hi all,

Anyone using Windows 7 MCE? If so are you using a remote? Which one?

How do you find it?


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13 Sep 2009   #2
antt

Windows 7 build 7100 x86
 
 

Media Center is included in all editions of Windows 7 from Home Premium (?) up. There is no separate edition like there was XP.
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13 Sep 2009   #3
fakeasdf

Win 7 Pro x64 x 3, Win 7 Pro x86, Ubuntu 9.04
 
 

I'm using 7MC (as the Media Center world has decided to refer to it). And yes it's included in Home Premium and up...

I bought this one
[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Control-Receiver-Windows-A9O-00007/dp/B00066FIO6/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1252903282&sr=8-4"]Amazon.com: Microsoft Remote Control and Receiver for Media Center PC with Windows (A9O-00007): Electronics[/ame]

But I only paid like 25 dollars for it new. The people that are trying to sell it for 90 or what not are definitely trying to rip people off. Do a little deal hunting. It works perfectly fine for me, and I programmed the volume to my surround sound, and the tv power button to my tv. Works fine...

I've been using it for probably the last 3 years without a problem...

This one looks cooler though, I'd probably buy it if I needed a new remote...

[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Control-Receiver-Windows-A9O-00007/dp/B00066FIO6/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1252903282&sr=8-4"]Amazon.com: Microsoft Remote Control and Receiver for Media Center PC with Windows (A9O-00007): Electronics[/ame]
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21 Sep 2009   #4
enb141

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Yeah any Windows Vista MCE Remote Control + IR will work with Windows 7 MCE
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21 Sep 2009   #5
Zardoc

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

I have the Microsoft cordless keyboard and it works just fine with 7MC.

I even installed the Black MC from the Aussie MC site. Everything works like a charm.

The only bad part no digital signal for Canadian users.
Well, you can always cheat....
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21 Sep 2009   #6
SquonkSC

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

Using and loving 7MC.

Setting it up is super easy.

I have two TV cards installed to record programs.


Remote: Logitech Harmony Central 525. (brilliant)

Programs that make the icing on the cake for 7MC:

Media Browser (beautiful for browsing through Films, with fullscreen backgrounds of the film, and folder image)

Meta Browser (for finding all info on films like actors, plot and pictures, it adds all this to the mediabrowser)

Recommended site to learn everything about 7MC:
Hacking Windows 7 Media Center - Plugins Codecs FFDShow dvrmstoolbox showanalyzer comskip haali shark007 - Hack7MC.com

Good luck.
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21 Sep 2009   #7
ttremeth

vista
 
 

am using the MS remote, the best!
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22 Sep 2009   #8
SquonkSC

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ttremeth View Post
am using the MS remote, the best!
I have the MS remote to.

It does everything it needs to, but it's not in the same leage as Logitech's Harmony Central remotes.

Those remotes go way beyond the capabilities of the MS remote.

Let me line up a few goodies:

Out of the box it behaves exactly as the MS remote, but it has..

Online database with tens of thousands products supported, like VHS machines, TV's, Satelite tuners, Surround systems, Hifi Systems, even ovens and portable radios.
Also very handy if your irreplaceable remote is broken.

In the rare case your apparatus is not in the database, you can teach it the commands of the original remote, by pointing that remote to the Logitech remote.

It has macro buttons which enable you to give multple commands with one button.
When all my machines are off, and I want to see a movie on my MC,
I push one button, and that will put my TV, HTPC and Surround system on,
It will set the TV to AV, it will set the surround system to receive audio from the TV and sets it to 5.1, it will go into the movie section of 7MC.

The only thing left to do is select a movie.

One of my macro buttons puts everything to sleep when I go to bed.

MS is ok, but dwarfed by Logitech.

Greetz
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22 Sep 2009   #9
UKMedia

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit (SP 1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by squonksc View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ttremeth View Post
am using the MS remote, the best!
I have the MS remote to.

It does everything it needs to, but it's not in the same leage as Logitech's Harmony Central remotes.

Those remotes go way beyond the capabilities of the MS remote.

Let me line up a few goodies:

Out of the box it behaves exactly as the MS remote, but it has..

Online database with tens of thousands products supported, like VHS machines, TV's, Satelite tuners, Surround systems, Hifi Systems, even ovens and portable radios.
Also very handy if your irreplaceable remote is broken.

In the rare case your apparatus is not in the database, you can teach it the commands of the original remote, by pointing that remote to the Logitech remote.

It has macro buttons which enable you to give multple commands with one button.
When all my machines are off, and I want to see a movie on my MC,
I push one button, and that will put my TV, HTPC and Surround system on,
It will set the TV to AV, it will set the surround system to receive audio from the TV and sets it to 5.1, it will go into the movie section of 7MC.

The only thing left to do is select a movie.

One of my macro buttons puts everything to sleep when I go to bed.

MS is ok, but dwarfed by Logitech.

Greetz

I agree completly. I use the Harmony 1000 and it allows me to define events as well as allowing control of specific functions.

So I have the following events:

Watch Movie - Switches on TV and selects correct input, switches on my external amp and selects correct input, starts 7MC, switches off sky;
Watch TV - Switches on TV and selects correct input, switches on my external amp and selects correct input, switches on sky;
Play Game - Switches on TV and selects correct input, switches on my external amp and selects correct input, Switches on my PS3, switches off sky;
Etc.

Your can also control home automation equipment with this kit in the same manner. It's more expensive and there is now a Harmony 1100 but if you can stretch to this price, you won't regret it.

Regards
UKMedia
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22 Sep 2009   #10
Orbital Shark

 
 

No remote here, but an avid user/fan of 7MC

I find no reason to use any other player as using 7MC with the right combination of underwater* apps (i'm a Yammm fan too) works exceptionally well. Eventually i'll set up my own dedicated HTPC with remotes & all the Dolby stuff too
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