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Windows Entertainment Conundrum: 7 v 8

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For the last 10+ years we have used Windows MediaCenter as the entertainment hub for our home extending to XBOX's in various rooms.  However, with the recent changes in the MSFT ecosystem we are coming to a crossroads.  We have NOT upgraded to Windows 8 MediaCenter since you cannot boot up to Mediacenter automatically like you can in Windows 7.  This has been ok up until recently when you can no longer download XBOX Video purchases in Zune on Windows 7!  Now, it appears we need to load Windows 8 so we can download movies, but then we have to manually startup MediaCenter on Windows 8 which isn't convenient if there is a power outage, automatic updates which reboot, etc.

 

Any ideas?

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Is there no way to use Kiosk mode in Win8 and have that start WMC on start up?

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Couldn't you just set the system to automatically log in, disable the lock screen and set WMC to start automatically? (Dump a shortcut into "\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp", or use a start menu replacement to drag/drop it into the Startup, or create a task in the task scheduler that fires on logon.)

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I take it you need to use the 'local' account and not the 'Microsoft account'?

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You need to upgrade to Windows 8 to download movies to your Media Center box? What do you mean?

 

I haven't upgraded to Windows 8 because I just don't see a reason to pay for Windows 8 then pay again for Media Center and only get the exact same Media Center I already have in 7. Seems like a lot of wasted money.

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I think XBMC and a few Raspberry Pi boxes with Raspbmc installed would be a far better, and less power hungry setup.

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Mercellus that worked, Thanks! Now I have overcome the conflict and can download the XBOX Movies local so we don't have to stream them :)

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