If you want to control Windows Media Center with a remote control, an optional Windows Media Center remote control is required.
If your computer has no TV tuner, an optional analog or digital TV tuner is required to play and record TV in Windows Media Center.
There are different models available of the Windows Media Center remote control with a variety of options. The remote control can come with the Windows Media Center computer you have purchased or it can be purchased at retail locations.
You will also need a transceiver or infrared receiver (IR) for the Windows Media Center remote control to work properly. This can be IR (which is usually connected by a USB cable to the computer), or it can also be non-IR products like Bluetooth or Radio Frequency. This receiver may be internal or external to the computer. Please refer to your hardware documentation to determine which version of the receiver you will need.
You can use a remote control to do many things in Windows Media Center. Here is a sample of actions you can perform:
Watch, record, control TV (with tuner present in the computer)
Control, play, and rip music
Create, play, and control slide shows of your pictures
Access online partners for an expanded experience to include games, additional music, and other software products.
Navigate using text
With the remote control you can navigate through information using the number keys on the remote control to find shows, and other information.
The following sections describe the required buttons on the remote control. These button categories are used throughout Help when listing Windows Media Center remote control buttons and describing button functionality. The tables in this section identify the Microsoft required buttons. Which remote control buttons are required will differ based on whether the remote control will be shipped with a Windows Media Center computer that has TV tuner hardware.
The following table shows the Microsoft required navigation buttons for Windows Media Center computer.
Green Start button
The following table shows the Microsoft required transport control buttons for Windows Media Center computer.
Play/Pause combination button
The following table shows the Microsoft required audio and video control buttons for Windows Media Center computer.
Volume Down Off
The following table shows the Microsoft required shortcut keys for Windows Media Center computer.
The following table shows the Microsoft required Teletext buttons for Windows Media Center computer.
To enter text using the remote control, press a number repeatedly to scroll through the choices that are available for that number. With each repeated press of a number, a different character appears. When you find the character that you want, press the ENTER button on the remote control. For example, if you are a fan of cooking shows, you can search the Guide by keyword for "food" by doing the following:
For letters and numbers, use the button corresponding to the letter or number you want.
Press the number 3 three times for the letter "f", and then press ENTER.
Press the number 6 three times for the letter "o", and then press ENTER.
Press the number 3 one time for the letter "d", and then press ENTER.
Sometimes you do not have to enter every letter of every word into your keyword search. The list of possible choices appears after the third letter.
You can also do the following:
To switch between character sets such as uppercase, lowercase, and symbol modes, press the CH/PG+ or CH/PG- button on the remote control.
To backspace, press the CLEAR button on the remote control.
To enter a space between words, press the (0) button on the remote control.
When you press the MORE button on the remote control, a list displays in Windows Media Center of additional options to choose from. The options that are available depend on your selection on the screen. For example, if you select a picture, and then press the MORE button on the remote, you will get the following options: Picture Details, Rotate, Burn, and Settings.
You can access Settings from anywhere in Windows Media Center by pressing the MORE button on the remote control.
To dismiss the list of options without making a selection, press the BACK button on the remote control, press the ESC button on the keyboard, or click the screen outside the list by using the mouse.