How to Do Everything with Windows Vista Media Center

How to Do Everything with Windows Vista Media Center

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071498647
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 11/19/2007
Series: How to Do Everything Series
Pages: 362
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

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.

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

Index

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