Media Center menu on other PCs?

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Dave Brewster, Oct 11, 2005.

  1. Hi There.
    Well so far I'm pretty pleased with MC2005.
    The Media Center PC is up on the second floor in an "office", and I access
    it pretty much exclusively downstairs on a TV via an XBox extender. Works
    great.

    What I wanted to know is this; can I also access the Media Center menu on a
    seperate PC. I'm curious if another PC can be set up as a "client" to the
    Media Center PC and get the same great menu system like what I see on the
    Xbox.

    I thought perhaps there might be a media center "client" somewhere for other
    PCs to connect to it, but I can't seem to find this anywhere.

    I've seen things like ORB and stuff - which is great for sharing videos and
    stuff, but I want that night polished Media Center menu system.
     
    Dave Brewster, Oct 11, 2005
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    Jason Tsang Guest

    Unfortunately, there is no such 'Extender for PCs' at this time.

    You can remote desktop into the MCE machine, but you'll only be able to do a
    limited number of things via Remote Desktop (i.e. no Live/Recorded TV, no
    video etc).

    That's definitely a popular product feature request, I know the MCE team has
    heard this feedback from many sources. Hopefully they can deliver on such a
    request in the near future.
     
    Jason Tsang, Oct 11, 2005
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    Sven Guest

    Nobody said it couldn't be done, just that no such client currently exists
    for MCE. I also would like to see such a client. I would load it on my
    tablet and have a very portable entertainment system for the garage, work
    out room, deck, etc.
     
    Sven, Oct 12, 2005
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  4. No, unfortunately there is no Extender equivalent for regular Windows PCs. A
    number of people have asked for it, and there's hope for Vista, but other
    than Orb, I'm not aware of any other choices.

    Dana Cline - MCE MVP
     
    Dana Cline - MVP, Oct 12, 2005
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    Chris H. Guest

    While the "client" of an MCE isn't possible now, you may want to try Media
    Connect from Microsoft:
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/devices/wmconnect/default.aspx
    You can share out your Media Center Edition recordings, music and photos to
    another computer using it. Make sure to check out the readme information
    also, here:
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/devices/wmconnect/readme.aspx
    It really works well for a "deprived" system. :cool:
    --
    Chris H.
    Microsoft Windows MVP/Tablet PC
    Tablet Creations - http://nicecreations.us/
    Associate Expert
    Expert Zone - www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
     
    Chris H., Oct 12, 2005
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    Rach Guest

    What would be the difference between using this software and just using your
    home network to view the files? I access my media all over my house by just
    creating a network share to the drive and playing it on the client machine.
    What would I gain with this software?

    Rach
     
    Rach, Oct 12, 2005
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  7. I was wondering the same thing.


     
    Dave Brewster, Oct 13, 2005
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