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Windows 7: windows 7 media center with no remote

11 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7
windows 7 media center with no remote

I need to set up windows media center on my sons computer. he has a verizon fios set top box.

we do not have a windows media center remote or any IR remote. all we have is the verizon remote for the verizon box.

so how can i by pass the stupid IR hardware not connected message??

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11 Nov 2009   #2

Run Custom Setup, not Express

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11 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 7

that still dies not give you th eoption to bypass the IR check. i have been playing with this for the past day and a half. i just upgraded from XP mce and i had no problems with that.
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11 Nov 2009   #4


..unplugging the remote dongle...An XP remote is not compatible with WMC in Vista or W7.

Or see if your card is compatible with latre versions of WMC.
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12 Nov 2009   #5

Windows 7

that is not correct.

i have two machines that have been running xp mce for years now. my daughter has always had a original windows media center remote. my son has never had a remote, and the both worked fine. i just upgraded my son's computer.the one that has never had a remote.

Windows 7 will not continue the install/setup of media center for set top/cable/ Fios to without a remote. but yes it will work if i use my daughters XP mce remote.

but that is not an option for my sons computer.

i hope that made sense. I only have one MCE remote. and that is on the maching still running XP MCE. If I had to XP MCE remotes I would not be having this conversation.

but instaead of beating hy head against the wall any more. i have installed Hauppague's WinTV on the windows 7 machine and my son can watch tv using the Fios set top box remote. Just the way it should have worked for win & media center in the first place..

MS really screwed them self with that set up.
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12 Nov 2009   #6

Quite Unclear

Have you taken any additional steps since your first post?

If so, what steps?

The Remotes made for XP MCE are not compatible with Vista or W7 and also are no longer made. Microsoft does not make the remotes anymore either. If you have a MS Remote it will not work with Vista or MCE.

This is not a new issue.

Microsoft MCE Remote problems with Vista MCE - The Green Button

techPowerUp! Forums - View Single Post - Human_error's guide to USB IR receivers and media centre remotes

Microsoft Media Center IR Remote And Receiver at

As you have not provided any specifications of your hardware I can only provide basic replies.

I also am certain that if you properly remove the IR Receiver and drivers that WMC will not prompt for a remote (assuming your TV Tuner is compatible).

Good luck.
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12 Nov 2009   #7

Windows 7

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Swanson Photos View Post
...An XP remote is not compatible with WMC in Vista or W7.
Where are you getting that from? I'm still using my remote setup from my XP Media Center Edition PC. I use it only because it's more responsive than the new one that came with my XPS 420.
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12 Nov 2009   #8

What Remote

I think I am being quoted out of context...It would be more accurate to discuss the IR Receiver/Blaster for use with a Digital STB... "he has a verizon fios set top box"

What remote are you using? Are you controlling an STB? I am talking about the Microsoft XP MCE Remotes...and not ones that require special software or setup to work with W7 Media Center.

When XP MCE came out, most households in the USA did not use or require the use of STB's. Now it is the standard. In order for MCE to change the channel on a setup that uses an STB in Vista or W7, a Vista/W7 IR Receiver and Remote are required. Even the IR standard has changed on these devices from XP MCE to now. Microsoft has stopped making them and now licenses the manufacturing of the Green Button required remotes.

What exactly is the make and model of the remote you are using, what IR standard is it using and what dongle/ IR Receiver are you using? Did you have to customize anything? Does your Remote have 'RC6 IR' on the back?

Here are hundreds of people who had difficulty with old remotes/receivers and VMC....I suspect we are just now getting folks having similar issues when they upgrade from XP to W7.

The simple answer is (for a simple solution) that at least a Vista Certified IR Receiver and remote are required to control a Digital STB and your TV tuner must support it.

If you do not use an STB, you may also not need a remote, but again, there appears to be many users who cannot get to the point of understanding much of what is happening in the setup, which is based on auto-configuration files that MS uses to configure your devices. If you do not have an STB, you do not need the IR Receiver/Blaster to control it. You also do not 'need' a remote, but if the software and drivers that are installed are looking for one, the auto setup in MC will want to configure it.

These questions are best asked to the manufacturer of the TV Tuner and also to your cable/satellite provider for specific recommendations.

I hope this helps.
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24 Nov 2009   #9

Windows 7 Pro 64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AOXOMOXOA View Post
I need to set up windows media center on my sons computer. he has a verizon fios set top box.

we do not have a windows media center remote or any IR remote. all we have is the verizon remote for the verizon box.

so how can i by pass the stupid IR hardware not connected message??

I had this issue as well. I told WMC that I didn't have cable but an antenna and only set on channel, channel 3. I then was able to use my set top box remote. You wont have a guide through WMC and all your recordings will have to be set manually.
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31 Jan 2010   #10

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit

I have the same issue as the original poster, with one proviso. The PC in question is a standard desktop with an AverTV capture card installed connected directly to my cable TV STB. It is a new system and does not, and never has had, a remote control.

I too would like to know how to bypass the irritating demand to setup a remote control, especially as in my case I do not have one at all and no way (or inclination) to physically install one.

Kind regards,

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