Windows Media Center is a feature of Windows Vista Home Premium and Windows Vista Ultimate that turns your computer into a multimedia powerhouse.

You can use Windows Media Center to watch, record, and pause live TV; listen to your entire music collection; view your family pictures and home movies; play games; burn CDs and DVDs; and listen to Internet and FM radio. And if you have a compatible remote control, you can do all of this from across the room. You can even connect your Media Center PC to your TV so the whole family can enjoy the show.

To get started, click the Start button Picture of the Start button, click All Programs, and then click Windows Media Center (or press the Green Start button on your remote control).

To learn more about using Windows Media Center, see the following topics:


  • An analog or digital TV tuner is required to play and record live TV in Windows Media Center. If your computer did not come with a TV tuner, you might be able to add one. For more information about obtaining a TV tuner, see Get help for your TV tuner card or contact your computer manufacturer.

  • An optional FM tuner is required to play FM radio stations in Windows Media Center. Not all computers support this feature. For more information, contact your computer manufacturer.