Windows media centre question.


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Peter Jason

Win7 SP1

I record many TV programs with this but for some
reason the first minute of the program is lost,
and this is true over many TV channels. I always
use the TV/AddRecording/Guide and then select any
show that looks interesting.

Is there any way to 'fine-tune' the starting time
to grab 60 seconds before the advertised time?

Peter
 
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GlowingBlueMist

It doesn't. I could only fix it by going back to
the setting "on time". Evidently entering an
early figure has the opposite effect.
The following let me set how many minutes early or are added to the end
of all recordings. I am using the Windows 8 version of Media Center so
things might be different in Windows 7.


To change the start time and end time of a recording

By default, Media Center starts recording a show two minutes before its
scheduled time and stops recording three minutes after its scheduled
time. You can change these settings to allow for more time on either end
unless there is a scheduling conflict.

In your box you might need to tell it to start recording all shows 3 or
4 minutes prior to the start time in order for the PC to keep up with
the demands on the system.

Click the Start button Picture of the Start button, click All
Programs, and then click Windows Media Center.

On the Media Center start screen, scroll to Tasks, click Settings,
click TV, click Recorder, and then click Recording Defaults.

Do one of the following:
Under Start when possible, click the Plus‌ Picture of the Plus
button or Minus‌ Picture of the Minus button button to choose when you
want to begin a recording.

Under Stop when possible, click the Plus‌ Picture of the Plus
button or Minus‌ Picture of the Minus button button to choose when you
want to end a recording.

Click Save.
__________

You can add additional time to the end of a specific recording or series
but that is the end time not the start time. I do that by going to:
On the Media Center start screen, scroll to TV, click recorded TV,
click view scheduled (near the top of the screen).

Then click on Series.

Then LEFT click the mouse on the item you want to change the stop time on.

Then click on Series Settings

The bottom item on that page should be Stop: (there you can add to the
stop time of that individual recording session. It will add to the stop
time for an entire series, like I do for sporting events, or for an
individual recording that really is not part of a series.

I personally add 4 hours to sporting events like NASCAR or Baseball just
in case of rain delays or some such. No problem for me using the extra
storage space as I delete them after watching them.

It does help to have multiple tuners like in my box so I can record two
or three shows at a time or record up to two while watching one live...
 
P

Peter Jason

The following let me set how many minutes early or are added to the end
of all recordings. I am using the Windows 8 version of Media Center so
things might be different in Windows 7.


To change the start time and end time of a recording

By default, Media Center starts recording a show two minutes before its
scheduled time and stops recording three minutes after its scheduled
time. You can change these settings to allow for more time on either end
unless there is a scheduling conflict.

In your box you might need to tell it to start recording all shows 3 or
4 minutes prior to the start time in order for the PC to keep up with
the demands on the system.

Click the Start button Picture of the Start button, click All
Programs, and then click Windows Media Center.

On the Media Center start screen, scroll to Tasks, click Settings,
click TV, click Recorder, and then click Recording Defaults.

Do one of the following:
Under Start when possible, click the Plus? Picture of the Plus
button or Minus? Picture of the Minus button button to choose when you
want to begin a recording.

Under Stop when possible, click the Plus? Picture of the Plus
button or Minus? Picture of the Minus button button to choose when you
want to end a recording.

Click Save.
__________

You can add additional time to the end of a specific recording or series
but that is the end time not the start time. I do that by going to:
On the Media Center start screen, scroll to TV, click recorded TV,
click view scheduled (near the top of the screen).

Then click on Series.

Then LEFT click the mouse on the item you want to change the stop time on.

Then click on Series Settings

The bottom item on that page should be Stop: (there you can add to the
stop time of that individual recording session. It will add to the stop
time for an entire series, like I do for sporting events, or for an
individual recording that really is not part of a series.

I personally add 4 hours to sporting events like NASCAR or Baseball just
in case of rain delays or some such. No problem for me using the extra
storage space as I delete them after watching them.

It does help to have multiple tuners like in my box so I can record two
or three shows at a time or record up to two while watching one live...
Thank you, but I tried this and setting the start
time earlier seems to have the opposite effect, so
I went back to the "on time" setting. I have
been using the "guide" to select programs but I
know to enter the start/finish manually - which
takes more work, but I do this for special
recordings. Should I reinstall the Media Centre
if this is possible?
 
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GlowingBlueMist

Thank you, but I tried this and setting the start
time earlier seems to have the opposite effect, so
I went back to the "on time" setting. I have
been using the "guide" to select programs but I
know to enter the start/finish manually - which
takes more work, but I do this for special
recordings. Should I reinstall the Media Centre
if this is possible?
Well there have been updates to Media Center since it's release on
Windows 7. Possibly you missed it/them and that might fix things.

You can re-install Media Center from scratch, or at least the web pages
seem to indicate that it's possible. I suspect you will have to teach
it the channels all over again if you totally remove it and reinstall
it. I'd try the repair option first and see if that helps.

Here are a couple of links to web pages for trying to repair it or
possibly reinstalling it.

http://www.ehow.com/how_6179014_repair-windows-media-center.html

Or possibly at;

http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-reinstall-windows-media-center-in-windows-7/
 
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Peter Jason

Well there have been updates to Media Center since it's release on
Windows 7. Possibly you missed it/them and that might fix things.

You can re-install Media Center from scratch, or at least the web pages
seem to indicate that it's possible. I suspect you will have to teach
it the channels all over again if you totally remove it and reinstall
it. I'd try the repair option first and see if that helps.

Here are a couple of links to web pages for trying to repair it or
possibly reinstalling it.

http://www.ehow.com/how_6179014_repair-windows-media-center.html

Or possibly at;

http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-reinstall-windows-media-center-in-windows-7/
Thanks, I did all this and now the Media Centre
has disappeared. The uninstall step worked OK but
when I did the step in reverse it didn't reappear.
 
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Peter Jason

Thanks, I did all this and now the Media Centre
has disappeared. The uninstall step worked OK but
when I did the step in reverse it didn't reappear.
I typed in " %windir%\ehome\ehshell.exe" in the
start menu & this started the Media Center. I
made a shortcut from the start-menu icon and it
calls itself "ehShell" and I suppose it's OK to
rename this to "Windows Media Centre". Was the
shortcut/link corrupted? What now?
 
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GlowingBlueMist

I typed in " %windir%\ehome\ehshell.exe" in the
start menu & this started the Media Center. I
made a shortcut from the start-menu icon and it
calls itself "ehShell" and I suppose it's OK to
rename this to "Windows Media Centre". Was the
shortcut/link corrupted? What now?
Shortcuts normally get made based on the name of the originating program
when you make them manually. So no yours did not get corrupted when you
created it.

You can always rename shortcuts to any name that does not cause a
conflict with existing programs.

I wonder, did you do the removal like in the second link and then reboot
the computer prior to turning it back on?

I have run into programs that keep "stuff" in memory that causes
problems if a reboot is not done prior to reinstalling a program.
 
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Peter Jason

Shortcuts normally get made based on the name of the originating program
when you make them manually. So no yours did not get corrupted when you
created it.

You can always rename shortcuts to any name that does not cause a
conflict with existing programs.

I wonder, did you do the removal like in the second link and then reboot
the computer prior to turning it back on?

I have run into programs that keep "stuff" in memory that causes
problems if a reboot is not done prior to reinstalling a program.
Yes I rebooted after removal, and then after
reinstallation - just in case. I can't be sure
that this new Media Center is the new one, but
since it defaults to "2 minutes before" in the
scheduler then I guess it is.
I'll report back in a few days to see if all is
fixed.
Peter
 
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R. C. White

Hi, Peter.

Microsoft didn't make it easy to find, but Media Center (or Centre) WILL
tell you which version you are running.
I can't be sure that this new Media Center is the new one, but
On the main MC screen, click Tasks | Settings | General | About Windows
Media Center | Software Version.

Mine says:
Windows 8
Version: 6.2.9200.16384
with Windows Media Center technologies

As I recall, the click-trail is the same in Win7 - and prior.

RC
--
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
(e-mail address removed)
Microsoft Windows MVP (2002-2010)
Windows Live Mail 2012 (Build 16.4.3508.0205) in Win8 Pro


"Peter Jason" wrote in message

Shortcuts normally get made based on the name of the originating program
when you make them manually. So no yours did not get corrupted when you
created it.

You can always rename shortcuts to any name that does not cause a
conflict with existing programs.

I wonder, did you do the removal like in the second link and then reboot
the computer prior to turning it back on?

I have run into programs that keep "stuff" in memory that causes
problems if a reboot is not done prior to reinstalling a program.
Yes I rebooted after removal, and then after
reinstallation - just in case. I can't be sure
that this new Media Center is the new one, but
since it defaults to "2 minutes before" in the
scheduler then I guess it is.
I'll report back in a few days to see if all is
fixed.
Peter
 
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Peter Jason

Hi, Peter.

Microsoft didn't make it easy to find, but Media Center (or Centre) WILL
tell you which version you are running.


On the main MC screen, click Tasks | Settings | General | About Windows
Media Center | Software Version.

Mine says:
Windows 8
Version: 6.2.9200.16384
with Windows Media Center technologies

As I recall, the click-trail is the same in Win7 - and prior.

RC
Thanks, I did this and got:

Version 6.1.7601.17514 (Win7 SP1 _rtm_101119-1850
Copywright 2009

Is this the latest ?
 
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R. C. White

Hi, Jason.
Is this the latest ?
Well, the version number on mine is higher (6.2 rather than 6.1), but I'm
not sure if that's only because I'm running Win8 and you have Win7. WMC is
included in Win7 Home Premium (and Professional and Ultimate), so if you've
visited Windows Update recently, you should be up to date, especially since
you have Win7 SP1.

This might be the best place to track down the latest WMC for your Windows:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/products/windows-media-center/get-it

RC
--
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
(e-mail address removed)
Microsoft Windows MVP (2002-2010)
Windows Live Mail 2012 (Build 16.4.3508.0205) in Win8 Pro


"Peter Jason" wrote in message

Hi, Peter.

Microsoft didn't make it easy to find, but Media Center (or Centre) WILL
tell you which version you are running.


On the main MC screen, click Tasks | Settings | General | About Windows
Media Center | Software Version.

Mine says:
Windows 8
Version: 6.2.9200.16384
with Windows Media Center technologies

As I recall, the click-trail is the same in Win7 - and prior.

RC
Thanks, I did this and got:

Version 6.1.7601.17514 (Win7 SP1 _rtm_101119-1850
Copywright 2009

Is this the latest ?
 
P

Peter Jason

Hi, Jason.


Well, the version number on mine is higher (6.2 rather than 6.1), but I'm
not sure if that's only because I'm running Win8 and you have Win7. WMC is
included in Win7 Home Premium (and Professional and Ultimate), so if you've
visited Windows Update recently, you should be up to date, especially since
you have Win7 SP1.

This might be the best place to track down the latest WMC for your Windows:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/products/windows-media-center/get-it

RC

Many thanks to all.

Reinstalling the Media Center fixed it, though I
had to set the start time to "5 minutes before".

Peter
 
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R. C. White

Hi, Peter.

Congratulations! And thanks for the feedback. What version number do you
see now?

RC
--
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
(e-mail address removed)
Microsoft Windows MVP (2002-2010)
Windows Live Mail 2012 (Build 16.4.3508.0205) in Win8 Pro


"Peter Jason" wrote in message

Hi, Jason.


Well, the version number on mine is higher (6.2 rather than 6.1), but I'm
not sure if that's only because I'm running Win8 and you have Win7. WMC is
included in Win7 Home Premium (and Professional and Ultimate), so if you've
visited Windows Update recently, you should be up to date, especially since
you have Win7 SP1.

This might be the best place to track down the latest WMC for your Windows:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/products/windows-media-center/get-it

RC

Many thanks to all.

Reinstalling the Media Center fixed it, though I
had to set the start time to "5 minutes before".

Peter
 
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Peter Jason

On Fri, 19 Jul 2013 20:33:15 -0500, "R. C. White"


It's still the same
Version 6.1.7601.17514 (Win7 SP1 _rtm_101119-1850
Copywright 2009

I have Win7 SP1
 
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Paul

Peter said:
On Fri, 19 Jul 2013 20:33:15 -0500, "R. C. White"


It's still the same
Version 6.1.7601.17514 (Win7 SP1 _rtm_101119-1850
Copywright 2009

I have Win7 SP1
It's quite possible the info is the OS and not MC version.

If I run the numbers, I find they correspond to the OS
(as seen in Wikipedia).

There's got to be some other way to check Media Center.
You could always click on the executable that starts MC,
and do Properties there and check all the file info for a
release number. That's what I would try.

Paul
 
P

Peter Jason

It's quite possible the info is the OS and not MC version.

If I run the numbers, I find they correspond to the OS
(as seen in Wikipedia).

There's got to be some other way to check Media Center.
You could always click on the executable that starts MC,
and do Properties there and check all the file info for a
release number. That's what I would try.

Paul

Thanks, I did this and the Product Version = File
Version =
6.1.7600.16385 14 July 2009

Seems older.

Peter
 
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Paul

Peter said:
Thanks, I did this and the Product Version = File
Version =
6.1.7600.16385 14 July 2009

Seems older.

Peter
If that version of MC, shipped with the OS, maybe it
gets the same release number.

It might be, that only if it was updated by itself, it
ends up with a different number than the OS.

If a Service Pack is the only opportunity to update it,
then again, it might end up with the same release number
as the OS.

Try putting 6.1.7600.16385 into Google, and see what you get.

Just a guess,
Paul
 
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Peter Jason

If that version of MC, shipped with the OS, maybe it
gets the same release number.

It might be, that only if it was updated by itself, it
ends up with a different number than the OS.

If a Service Pack is the only opportunity to update it,
then again, it might end up with the same release number
as the OS.

Try putting 6.1.7600.16385 into Google, and see what you get.

Just a guess,
Paul

I typed in ""media center" "6.1.7600.16385"" and
it gave pages of results that will take time to
digest. Still, it seems OK now

Peter
 
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