Do not display last logged on user

You can configure this security setting by opening the appropriate policy and expanding the console tree as such:
Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\Security Options\
How to edit security settings on a group policy object.

Converting Windows7 WTV files

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Photo by Roadsidepictures

Any TV programs that you record with Windows7 Media Center is written in a WTV format. Which is a new format for Windows7*. Which is fine if you only plan to watch it back on the same PC or on another Windows7 PC. If however you wish to watch it on a Vista or XP computer,  or you wish to shrink the file size a little, then you will need to convert the file.
You can pay money for programs like WTV2AVI to do it but you can also do it for free in Windows 7.
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How to change the default TV recording location

Photo by James Good
Photo by James Good

I recently got myself a USB TV tuner and have started recording TV with it and Windows Media Center in Windows 7. It is fantastic! I love how well Media Center works its so easy.
One thing I wanted to know was how to change the location where Windows Media Center records TV to. It’s quite easy,

  1. Open Windows Media Center.
  2. Click on Settings.
  3. Scroll down to TV and click on it.
  4. Click Recorder.
  5. Now click on Recorder Storage.
  6. Change Record on drive from C: to the desired one.
  7. Click Save to save the changes.

How to change the default TV recording location.
I haven’t actually changed it myself, because I had planned to change it to one of the USB drives I have plugged into my media PC. But I haven’t had time to see if and how recording to the USB drive effects recording performance.

Bootable Windows 7 Installation Thumb Drive

by Mollivan Jon
by Mollivan Jon

I came across an interesting article the other day that had Seven steps to a bootable Windows 7 thumb drive.
I went thought their steps, which are all pretty simple and it worked great. So if you’re looking to install Windows 7 and what it to book a little faster give this a try.
NOTE : They suggest you download WinRAR and use that to unpack the ISO file. You can also do that with 7zip. Which is a great program by the way.

XP to Windows7 networking

by pascal.charest
by pascal.charest

I had to rebuild my Windows7 Media Center PC a little while ago, that all went OK and its working fine now. I can watch all the media OK and add new media to it from me Windows Vista PC OK. So I thought everything was OK with.
However, I built and XP laptop over the weekend for testing, and couldn’t connect to the Windows7 PC at all. It was freaking me out for a while. It all looked fine, I could connect from my VistaPC, what the heck was going on!
So, as you do I turned to Google for the answer. I found the answer at Windows7 Forums.
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“Optimize” Option in Media Center 7?

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Image by cleverswine

If you’ve had the chance to try the new Media Center in Windows 7 you may have noticed that there is a new Optimize  option ‘hidden’ on one of the menus.
I turned the option on, but wondered what it did. After a little digging I how a post on Ed Bott’s Media Central blog“ that explains it. It basically just restarts Media Center.

Media Center Thumbnail Image Size

by Arlo Bates
by Arlo Bates

Although Windows 7 media center does a very good job of creating thumbnails for all the videos, sometimes they’re just not good enough.
Luckly there is a simple answer. Simply put a JPG file in the same location as the movie file, with the same name (but different extension of course) and media center will use that image as a thumbnail.
However, if you’re looking for good thumbnails you can’t use just any image. It has to be the right dimensions. The actual image size appears to be 320×420, but if you use an image that is 1024×768 it gets scaled down nicely as well.
If you don’t have ready access to an image for your movie, heres a tip for using google to find the right image size.
If the search field type groundhog day imagesize:1024x768
That will return all images relating to “groundhog day” of the size 1024×768

Source : How to add thumbnail images to Media Center video library files « Media Serve.

Windows 7 on Track to release this holiday season

Installing Windows 7
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The guys and girls over at the Windows 7 Team Blog have announced that Windows 7 is on Track to Hit This Holiday Season. Exactly which holiday season they are referring to and how that fits in with our (Australian) calendar I’m not sure. But I’m guessing in time for Christmas. I would expect they would want it ready to go onto any new PCs people might be buying for Christmas or just as an upgrade gift.
In the mean time you can try out the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor. It will analyse your system and let you know if your hardware and software is compatiable with Windows 7. There are no guantrees of course, but it is a pretty good guide.

Windows 7 RC1 is here

Installing Windows 7
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Microsoft have realease The Windows 7 Release Candidate RC to the public, you can download it from HERE.
The install is pretty simple, and possible faster than any previous version of Windows. But if you’re having troubles then the guys over at LiferHacker also have a good Guide to Upgrading to Windows 7 RC.
I’m only using it for my media center PC at the moment, but I quite like it. The only reasons I’m not using on my main PC is that I don’t have allot of time to rebuild and tweak it, and it’s working quite well with Vista at the moment. Once the retail version comes out I’ll upgrade my main PC, but until then I’ll stick with Vista.

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