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Absolute beginner's guide to Microsoft Windows XP Media Center

Author: Steven D Kovsky
Publisher: Indianapolis, IN : Que Pub., ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

A beginner's guidebook to Windows XP Media Center - PCs with a host of audio and video accoutrements designed to bring the home theatre experience to the desktop or the entertainment center.


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Steven D Kovsky
ISBN: 0789730030 9780789730039
OCLC Number: 54807352
Description: xiii, 379 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction. I. GETTING STARTED. 1. Preparing for XP Media Center. Getting Prepared Mentally. Getting Prepared Physically. 2. Basic Setup of an XP Media Center System. Taking Inventory. Getting Connected. 3. Getting Started and Taking the Tour. Running the Setup Wizard. Taking In the Sights. More Orientation Tools and Options. 4. Navigating XP Media Center's "10-Foot" Interface. Getting to Know the Media Center Remote Control. Exploring the Media Center Interface. 5. Navigating XP Media Center's "2-Foot" Interface. Your Windows XP Desktop. Controlling Media Center with Your Mouse. Controlling Media Center with Your Keyboard. Customizing Your 2-Foot Look and Feel. II. MY TV. 6. Watching the Show. Why Watching TV on Your Media Center Changes Everything. Watching TV and Time-Shifting with Your Remote Control. Watching TV and Time-Shifting with Your Mouse and Keyboard. Watching Out for the Kids: Using Parental Controls. 7. Finding Shows to Record. About the Program Guide. Using the Program Guide. 8. Recording Shows You Find. Recording as You Watch. Recording from the Program Guide or Search Results. Recording Manually. Keyword Recording. Recording a Series. Fine-Tuning Your Recordings. III. MY VIDEOS. 9. Playing and Organizing Your Digital Movies. Navigating My Videos. Organizing and Sorting Videos. Watching Videos. Troubleshooting My Videos. 10. Capturing and Creating Videos with Media Center. Connecting to Your Camcorder. Using Windows Movie Maker. IV. PLAYING AND RECORDING DVDS. 11. Watching DVDs on an XP Media Center PC. Basic DVD Playback. Playback Preferences: Changing DVD Settings. Troubleshooting DVD Playback. 12. Creating DVDs on an XP Media Center PC. Choosing Your Tools. Copying and Copyrights. Troubleshooting the DVD Burning Experience. V. MY MUSIC. 13. Preparing Your Music Collection for XP Media Center. Supported File Formats. Putting the Music into My Music. Ripping CDs. Metadata Tags and You. 14. Playback Time: Sorting, Viewing, and Controlling Your Music. Playing Audio CDs with Your Music Center PC. Sorting Your Collection. Controlling My Music Playback. Additional Audio Options. 15. Radio. Setting Up Radio. Finding Radio Stations. Using Presets. Using Pause, Play, Replay, and Skip. Adjusting Radio Settings. Using Radio with My TV. 16. Customizing the Media Center Audio Experience. Working with Playlists. Working with Internet Radio Stations in Media Center. VI. MY PICTURES. 17. Importing and Storing Your Digital Photos. Transferring Your Photos. Getting Your Photos into Media Center. 18. Creating Slide Shows. Selecting Pictures. Organizing Your Pictures. Launching a Slide Show. Adding a Music Background. Selecting Transitions and Durations of Photos. Setting the Display Order for Your Slide Show. Additional Slide Show Options. 19. Preparing and Sharing Digital Images. Accessing Picture Details. Additional Windows XP Photo Features. 20. Customizing the My Pictures Experience with Microsoft Picture It! Opening Photos with Picture It! Touching Up Photos. Cropping, Resizing, and Creating Cutouts. Adding Text or Shapes to Your Photos. Adding Edges, Frames, and Mats. Adding Special Effects. Additional Options. VII. ADVANCED MEDIA CENTER SETTINGS AND OPTIONS. 21. Customizing the XP Media Center Interface. Changing Your Media Center's Appearance and Background. Turning Media Center Sounds On or Off. Setting Media Center's Parental Controls. Setting Your Privacy Options. 22. XP Media Center and Your Home Network. Networking Your Media Center PC: What You Can and Can't Do. Types of Network Connections. Setting Up Your Network for Media Center. 23. XP Media Center and Your Internet Connection. Establishing Internet Connectivity with Media Center. Online Spotlight 24. Downloads and Enhancements. Making Sure You Have the Latest Version of Media Center. Special Media Center Downloads. Third-Party Software Enhancements for Media Center. 25. Hardware Features and Options for Media Center PCs. Media Center PCs: What's the Difference? Other Media Center Hardware. Index.
Responsibility: Steve Kovsky.


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