5 Reasons I like Windows 7 Media Center

Installing Windows 7

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I’ve been using Windows 7 on my media center PC for a few months now and wanted to share some of the reasons why I really like it.

1. No third party codecs
I didn’t have to mess around loading any third party codec programs. It plays DivX and MP4 videos natively.

2. Resume playback.
When you stop a video and come back to it later, even after watching another video, Windows 7 will ask you if you want to resume playback from where you left off. Very useful.

3. It just works.
It was easy to install and setup, and I didn’t have to do any messing around to get it to play my media. It just worked.

4. Media Libraries.
Windows 7 has a new feature called libraries. To add media to media system you simly right click on the folder and choose add to library, then select the folder that you want to add the media too.

5. It’s easy to use.
The menu system is easy to navigate and eveything is easy to find.

To be honest there is one or twp things that I don’t like about Windows 7 Media Center

1. Pictures and video together.
This is only a small gripe. But I’d prefer picture and video to be seperate menu options like they were in XP MCE, not together like they are in VMC and W7MC.

2. Black Thumbnails.
It creates thumbs nails ok but it seems to create the thumb nail from a frame just a few frames on from the start of the video. Which most of the time seems to be black. So while all my videos have nice thumb nails, most are simply black. This seems to have been fixed with build 7077

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