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\
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.
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.
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.
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.
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