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X-Box and Vista Premium vs. Med. Center 05

Hello and thanks in advance for your time. I found this stie by search and though my "problem" does not yet exist, I want some expert experienced advice and hope you can offer same, or tell me if it is not un your purvue. I am a 47 yo. new father without great funds but who loves qualilty audio and vido - have setup an awesome theater in our living room consisting of a Pani ae900u projector, 100" screen, and excellent (reasonable cost) video switching receiver and surroung speakers. Have read and heard that X-Box (besides gaming which for me will be good as my child grows) is a great interface that will allow me to show pics and video and play music over my network (hard wired) so that I can avoid having to burn DVD's or setup a computer in our living room. Do not plan to download to X-Box hard-drive, just use the "extender" I belive it is called. Since all my PC's are standard XP, I was planning to get a Media Center 05 and about to purchase a refurbished one but much easier to find a great deal with Vista Premium than Media 05. PROBLEM: I read a few months ago that Vista was a CRIPPLED VERSION of Media 05 and may not even work at all much less as well as 05 with X-Box. Is this true or can I rely on the Vista Premium for my needs?? Thanks, Peter

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Re: X-Box and Vista Premium vs. Med. Center 05

Unless there are aspects of Media Center itself which you require, Windows Media Player can easily be used as the source, or Windows Media Connect.

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How do i connect my 360 to the computer

I had this same problem and found this great video on youtube.

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if you click the drop down on the info you'll see the step by step instructions.


If you were previously using your Xbox 360 with a Windows XP Media Center Based PC, you will need to remove existing connection. Otherwise skip to step 2.

At the Windows XP Media Center PC

Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to Media Center, and then click Media Center Extender Manager.
Select your Xbox 360 and click Properties.
Click Remove.
Click Yes to confirm removal.
At the Xbox 360

On the Xbox 360, go to My Xbox and then System Settings, then select Computers.
Select Windows Media Center, and then press the A button.
Select Disconnect.
Press the B button until you return back to the System Settings.

STEP 2 Gather Setup Key from Xbox 360

Press the Media Center Start button on the remote or go to My Xbox, then select Windows Media Center.
Advance through the on-screen instructions to obtain the 8 digit Media Center Setup Key. Write this key down.

STEP 3 Add Extender

At the Windows Vista-based Media Center PC, launch Windows Media Center. Select Start, Windows Media Center.
Select Tasks, Add Extender.
When prompted, provide the 8 digit setup key you received at the Xbox 360.
Complete the Extender setup.

STEP 4 Print the Media Center Quick Reference Guide

Dec 04, 2010 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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I do not know how to connect xbox 360 to my vista laptop. i plugged in the Ethernet cable to both the laptop and xbox but it doesn't show the xbox 360 on the network connection after i've clicked ''manage...

Remember to thumbs up this solution if it helps, if not comment for further assistance.
Plug your xbox into the laptop with an ethernet cable
Turn on your xbox
On your laptop press start, click on network
In the blue bar across the top click network and sharing center
click on manage network connections
right click on local area connection
click properties
click sharing tab
untick top box.
Go on your my xbox page, scroll over to the right to the system settings page, network settings,test connection.
This works for me.

Feb 16, 2010 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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Many computers do not come with a dedicated graphics card, which Call of Duty will require. If you don't have a dedicated graphics card installed, there is no way to play a game that requires it.

The good news is that most computers can be easily upgraded with a new graphics card, and you can play more advanced games. For more information about what would be compatible with your system, you might want to call the Upgrades or Tech Support department of the company that made your computer, or post more detailed information about it here and we can post a walkthrough.

Jul 21, 2009 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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How do transfer packs work? Will it work on a nintendo DS?

A Game Pack is the game cartridge you insert to play a game. GameBoy Advance Games are not compatable with the Transfer Pak. The Transfer pack and Pokemon Stadium 2 only support the following: Pokemon Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver and Crystal versions. No Ruby will not work with the transfer pak as you will not be able to insert it, and the software would not pick it up.

May 17, 2009 | Nintendo 64 Console

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Hooking up media center w/ xbox 360

please look at the windows media player settings,click on library go to media sharing and enable the xbox..also check the type of network you configured..a private network will enable to share..look in the network and sharing settings for that..hope it helps! i had gone nuts when i had the same problem!!make sure that your computer is on the same network as the xbox.

Oct 30, 2008 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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Xbox 360-computer?

To connect the Xbox 360 console to this computer, you must be running Windows XP Service Pack 2, Update Rollup 2 for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, or Windows Vista.
To obtain your setup package or instructions for connecting your Xbox 360, select the version of Windows installed on this computer from the following list.
To determine the version of Windows XP Media Center Edition that you are running, follow these steps:
  1. Start Media Center.
  2. On the Settings menu, click General.
  3. Scroll down, and then click About Media Center.
  4. Click Software Version

    The version number of Media Center you are running is displayed.
To determine the version of Windows XP that you are running, follow these steps:
  1. On the Start menu, right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
  2. On the General tab, under System, look for the version of Windows that you are running.

Oct 05, 2008 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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i dont know about the itunes but it surely did work with vista home premium

Jul 02, 2008 | Sony PSP (Piano Black)

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Unable to Play DivX encoded videos through media center extender (xbox360)

The media center does not currently use the codec to decode DiVX... but with all the upcoming changes to the xbox360 interface/ console / Marketplace I see Microsoft correcting this.

Hope this helps!

Jan 10, 2008 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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