Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Two Updates for Media Center for Windows Vista Released on June 24, 2008

Microsoft released to updates for Media Center for Windows Vista.

The first update provides an updated IR Set Top Box database for Media Center for Windows Vista. Installing this update will allow broader Media Center support for newer TV set-top boxes. For more information, please visit the 'Description of an update that provides broader support in Media Center Extenders for Windows Vista for newer TV set-top boxes (KB950124)' article.

Download links as follows:

The second update resolve issues with Xbox 360 Extenders used with Media Center for Windows Vista. These issues include:

  • This update addresses a picture quality issue that occurs when you use Media Center Extender on an Xbox 360 console that has a High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) connector to the TV for video and a Sony/Philips Digital Interface Format (S/PDIF) connection to the audio device for audio.
  • This update addresses an issue in which the Media Center Extender stops responding (hangs) when you play a large non-WMV video over an HTTP session.
  • This update provides support for 50Hz output together with better quality for HD models. This feature applies primarily to regions that use the PAL video standard. (note: this applies via component and HDMI output only, and not VGA output)

For more information, please visit the 'Description of the Media Center Extenders for Windows Vista update that was released on June 24, 2008 (KB950125)' article.

Download links as follows:


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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows Vista (KB950126)

Microsoft has released the June 2008 Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows Vista.

In addition to fixes that were addressed in previous cumulative updates, this update includes fixes for the following issues:

  • For Windows Media Center configurations that use an analog TV broadcast without a set-top box, this update improves the experience of recording television shows. Previously, shows were blocked with "protected content" messages.
    Note: This issue does not apply to configurations with set top boxes or configurations that use analog TV together with digital cable tuners.
  • This update addresses a blank screen issue that occurs when you switch between full-screen mode and windowed mode while you play videos.
  • On extender sessions that use Internet TV or Online Spotlight, this update increases a maximum path limit from 260 characters to 2048 characters.
  • This update resolves an issue that was introduced in Vista Service Pack 1 in which empty removable media devices were displayed in galleries.
  • This update addresses an issue in which channel names in Simplified Chinese were shown as unrecognizable characters.
  • This update provides an updated frequency table for China.
  • This update addresses an issue in which a Client ID was not set correctly if you use the Express setup option.
  • This update fixes a memory leak issue in extender sessions.

With regards to the first point, this fix means that for non-set top box configurations, shows that have the CopyNever flag will be recorded as if it had the CopyOnce flag. Hopefully this will alleviate some of the pain that some users have experienced in the past.

This update is available at the following places:

For more information, see the associated kb article, KB950126 - June 2008 Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows Vista.