How to Do Everything with Windows Vista™ Media Center

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November 19, 2007


Paperback, 362 pages

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0071498648 / 9780071498647


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Now you can enjoy all of your digital media on your PC or TV easily with Windows Vista Media Center! Filled with expert tips, this hands-on guide explains how you can watch and record TV shows, download movies and music, view your photos and videos, and so much more--all through one, integrated system. How to Do Everything with Windows Vista Media Center shows you how to configure this versatile tool for optimum quality and performance and how to make the most of all of its powerful--and fun--features.

  • Connect to a wired or wireless network, the Internet, and a TV signal
  • Configure your settings, including privacy, parental controls, and closed captioning
  • Watch, pause, rewind, and record live TV
  • Download and watch movies and other media
  • Set up a personal music library and buy or rent music online
  • Create playlists, burn CDs, synch mobile devices, and stream music
  • Customize, create, and manage pictures and videos
  • Access your media from an Xbox 360 or other Windows Vista PCs
  • Install a DVD, HD DVD, or Blu-ray disc drive for your PC or Xbox 360
  • Install and configure a TV tuner, a cable card, and an external hard drive

Table of contents

Part I: Get Acquainted with Vista's Media Center Features
Chapter 1. Meet Windows Vista Media Center
Chapter 2. Recognize and Distinguish Between Required and Optional Hardware
Chapter 3. Make the Physical Connection
Part II: Configure Media Center for Optimal Performance
Chapter 4. Complete the Required and Optional Setups
Chapter 5. Take Advantage of Advanced Settings
Chapter 6. Navigate Media Center
Part III: Play, Customize, and Manage TV, DVDs, and Online Media
Chapter 7. Explore Live and Recorded Television, Movies, and the Guide
Chapter 8. Record Live TV
Chapter 9. Working with DVDs
Chapter 10. Download and Watch Online Media
Chapter 11. Create a Personal Music Library
Chapter 12. Buy or Rent Music Online
Chapter 13. Manage Your Music
Chapter 14. Enjoy Music on the Go and at Home
Part IV: Customize, Create, and Manage Personal Pictures and Home Videos
Chapter 15. Create a Personal Photo and Video Library
Chapter 16. Share Your Photos and Videos
Part V: Add Hardware to Get More from Media Center
Chapter 17. Access Your Media from an Xbox 360 or Other Windows Vista PCs
Chapter 18. Purchase and Install a DVD, HD DVD, or Blu-ray Disc Drive for Your Computer or Xbox 360
Chapter 19. Install and Configure a Second TV Tuner
Chapter 20. Install and Configure a Preferred Display
Chapter 21. Install and Configure a Cable Card
Chapter 22. Install, Configure, and Back Up with an External Hard Drive

Author comments

Joli Ballew is a technical author, technology trainer, and website manager. She is the author or coauthor of nearly two dozen books, including CNET Do-It-Yourself Mac Projects and Hardcore Windows XP.

Justin Harrison is an expert in digital media, a three-time Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for Windows Media Center, a consultant, and a technical columnist. He has worked with Microsoft on the Casual Games team, and for General Electric.

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