With Windows Media Center, you can record Live TV easily. All you need is a TV tuner, The tuner lets your computer receive basic cable and/or over-the-air digital channels, while Windows Media Center provides an electronic program guide and popular DVR features, like recording shows, pausing live TV, and the ability to fast forward to skip past stuff you don’t want to watch.


After installing your TV tuner (following the manufacturer’s instructions), you’ll need to set up Windows Media Center to work with your tuner and download your electronic program guide (EPG). Don’t worry; this is an easy, one-time process. Just run Windows Media Center and wait for it to detect the new tuner, at which point onscreen prompts will walk you through all the necessary setup steps. If you don’t see a notification about the new tuner, you can start the setup manually:

  1. If you have a remote control for Windows Media Center, just press the green button. Otherwise:
  2. Click on the Start button.
  3. In the Start Search box, type Media Center.
  4. Click on Windows Media Center in the search results list.
  5. In the main Media Center menu, scroll up or down until you reach Tasks.
  6. Scroll one step to the left and click Settings.
  7. Click the TV option, and then click Set up TV Signal.
  8. Follow the prompts to configure your tuner, set up the program guide, and so on.


When you’re finished, you should be able to browse the EPG using your remote or mouse and click any currently airing show to start watching it live. Or, click a show that’s airing in the future and set up a recording. (The EPG shows what will be on for the next two weeks.)Windows Media Center can record a single episode or the entire series.

To record a live TV show or movie

You can record a TV show or movie that is on right now. When you do this, the show is recorded from the moment you click Record.

  1. On the Start screen, scroll to TV + Movies, and then click Live TV.
  2. While a program is airing, move the mouse, and then click Record.

To schedule recordings in the Guide

You can quickly schedule recordings while browsing the Guide for upcoming TV shows and movies.

  1. On the Start screen, scroll to TV + Movies, and then click Guide.
  2. Right-click the program that you want to record, and then click Record.

To schedule recordings using Search

You can search in Windows Media Center to find a TV show or movie that you want to record.

  1. On the Start screen, scroll to TV + Movies, and then click Search.
  2. Click the category you want to search by (such as Title), then follow the instructions to start a search
  3. On the search results screen, click the TV show or movie that you want to record, and then click Record to schedule a recording of the program.


That’s it. Once you’ve recorded a show, go to the Recorded TV section and it’ll be there ready for you to watch.

NOTE: TV recordings especially HD recordings consume a fair amount of space on your hard drive. Make sure you’ve got at least a few dozen gigabytes to spare before you set up any recordings.

NOTE: Although your EPG may display premium channels like HBO and Showtime, Windows Media Center cannot show or record those channels because of copyright restrictions.


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