Connecting to the Internet in Windows Media Center: frequently asked questions

Here are answers to some common questions about connecting to the Internet in Windows Media Center.

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Why do I need an Internet connection to use Media Center?

You can use Media Center without an Internet connection, but many features won't work as well, and some won't work at all. Here are some of the ways you can use your computer's Internet connection within Media Center:

  • To automatically download Guide listings. If you use Media Center to watch or record live TV, Media Center will automatically keep your Guide listings up to date. For more information, see Use the Guide in Windows Media Center.

  • To download album art and other media information. When you play or copy a CD, Media Center will look for media information (such as album art and song titles) for your CD. For more information, see Play a CD or DVD in Windows Media Center.

How can I confirm that I have an Internet connection in Media Center?

If you get a message that an Internet connection is not detected, it might be because Media Center is having trouble detecting it. Try going through the Set Up Internet Connection wizard.

  • On the Windows Media Center start screen, scroll to Tasks, click Settings, click General, click Windows Media Center Setup , click Set Up Internet Connection, and then follow the instructions.

How do I set up an Internet connection on my computer?

If you're having trouble connecting to the Internet on your computer in general, you'll need to set up an Internet connection before you can use it in Media Center. You can do this in the Connect to the Internet wizard:

  • Open the Connect to the Internet wizard by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type network, click Network and Sharing Center, click Set up a new connection or network, and then double-click Connect to the Internet.

If you're still having trouble connecting to the Internet, see Why can’t I connect to the Internet?