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Windows® 8.1 IN DEPTH by Paul McFedries, Brian Knittel

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10. Windows Media Center

Windows 8.1 and Windows Media Center

For many years, Microsoft has pitched Windows Media Center as the application that turns your computer into a home entertainment hub. You can connect your PC to your TV, stereo system, and other entertainment components, and then use Windows Media Center to stream movies, photos, music, and more from your PC to your external entertainment devices. With the right equipment, you also can use Windows Media Center to record TV shows.

That sounds like a great thing, and it’s certainly more than the Windows 8.1 Video app can do, so you’d think that Windows Media Center would be a Windows 8.1 centerpiece. Alas, the saga of the relationship between Windows 8.1 and Windows Media Center is ...

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