Windows media center on macbook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by odog402, May 26, 2008.

  1. odog402 macrumors member

    May 26, 2008
    Hey guys, I'm looking into getting a macbook and I was wondering if it was possible to run windows media center on a mac, or would I need a MBP? Thanks
  2. ZooCrewMan macrumors member

    Sep 3, 2007
    Northridge, CA
    If you instal Windows on your computer, I don't see why you wouldn't be able to run Media Center.
  3. chscag macrumors 68030


    Feb 17, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Normally you can not install Media Center because it consists of two disks. There is no hardware eject on your MBP and the normal eject key will not work until Windows is installed along with the Boot Camp drivers.

    You may be able to do this work around but I can't say for sure if it will install:

    Burn both of your disks as an ISO and put it on one DVD. It (in theory) should work since the Windows installer will "see" disk two and continue. :rolleyes:

  4. mosx macrumors 65816

    Mar 3, 2007
    If you want to run XP Media Center Edition 2005, then you'll need to use software to slipstream the two discs into one.

    But Media Center is built-in to Vista Home Premium and its much better than XP Media Center was.

    But all of the MacBooks and Mac minis can run Media Center just fine.
  5. odog402 thread starter macrumors member

    May 26, 2008
    Thanks for the replies. I really don't know much about media center but
    I'm assuming if I wanted to use a cpu as a DVR for tv, I would use windows media center. So I my next question, is it possible to do this with the macbook/mbp or would I need something else?

  6. mosx macrumors 65816

    Mar 3, 2007
    Theres TV tuners available that are Mac only. But not very many and they typically cost more than what you'd find in the Windows only section.

    If you're recording cable or SD over the air, then any cheap TV tuner for Windows will do. You don't need to worry about quality with cable! If you're recording from digital cable (still crap) or satellite, then you'll need a tuner that has an IR blaster so it can change the channels on the box. For Windows, theres an external tuner by hauppauge that will record high definition sources like a DirecTV HD box Its a little expensive ($250) but its one of the only of its kind at the moment.

    If you're recording from over the air, then just about any TV tuner with an ATSC tuner will do.

    Sorry about my rant on cable. I just switched from DirecTV to cable. What a mistake! As soon as football reason rolls back around I'll be switching back. I'm paying a super cheap promotional price right now for cable. How anyone can pay full price for cable is well beyond me! What a ripoff. I miss my 95 HD channels
  7. mrklaw macrumors 68020

    Jan 29, 2008
    you can if you use parallels or VMware. I use media center 2005 and it runs fine. no issues with installation
  8. TomRoll macrumors newbie

    Nov 24, 2008
    Windows media center on macbook

    ON 13 MacBoook13 inch white, 2 GB ram

    I bought the OEM Windows XP Media Center 2005 edition and used boot camp to install it. It failed the first time I tried, windows would run but not media enhancements because of the inability to eject the disk, so today I decided to reload windows and figure it out.

    When it asked me for disk 2, I simply turned off the machine, rebooted to the OS X side and ejected the disk. There was a problem however, as I had to put CD1 back in and the is asked for CD2 again, several times so I shut the macbook off, (that's right) and I attached it to my Windows Desktop with a Serial to USB connector and archived the 2 Windows media center CDs onto the NTFS partition so when the windows installation askes for files, I then had to type the correct path. I archived the Windows CD with names of MX2PROEM_EN and CMPNENTS.

    I put the drive back in the MacBook 13. I restarted and the Windows installation resumed. When windows installation asked for a file, I had to type the path. Some files are hidden, but there. I had to tell Windows to look in the C:|MXPOEM_EN\i386 folder a few times. The files are thereon the disks.

    Since the CDS are archived on the Mac Harddrive now, you can drop the Windows intallation CDs in your other windows machine to view the correct path and file names to get the media center installed correctly.

    Additionally, when you do the updates, you will find you might get an error when installing service pack 3.

    It requires a registry addition


    Add Edit, New Key
    Name: BootDir
    Value C:\

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