You can customize how TV shows are recorded in Windows Media Center. For instance, you can prioritize certain recordings over others, or change the recording quality for future recordings.
If you're not sure how to get started with using Media Center to record TV on your computer, see Record TV in Windows Media Center.
If you're having trouble watching or recording TV shows, see Why didn't my TV show record in Windows Media Center? and Watching TV in Windows Media Center: frequently asked questions.
When Media Center records a TV show, it stores the file in the Public Recorded TV folder on your primary hard disk (usually located at C:\Users\Public\Recorded TV). If you have another hard disk installed in your computer, or an external storage device, you can change where Media Center stores recorded TV shows.
On the Windows Media Center start screen, scroll to Tasks, click Settings, click TV, click Recorder, and then click Recorder Storage.
If you're not sure how much free space a particular drive has, select the drive, and then check the chart under Total recording time before saving.
To limit the amount of hard disk space that Media Center can use for recorded shows, change the Maximum TV limit setting to a lower number.
Although Media Center can record TV shows to only one location at a time, it can monitor multiple locations for recorded content. This can be useful if you record a lot of TV shows and want to store some of them in a different location.
On the Windows Media Center start screen, scroll to Tasks, click Settings, click TV, click Recorder, and then click Media Libraries.
Click Add folders to the library, and then follow the instructions to choose a new folder (or folders) that you want Media Center to monitor for recorded TV shows.
For more information, see Add media files to Windows Media Center.
You can change the default settings that determine when recorded TV shows are automatically deleted.
On the Windows Media Center start screen, scroll to Tasks, click Settings, click TV, click Recorder, and then click Recording Defaults.
Under Keep, select one of the following options:
Until space needed: Automatically deletes recordings to make space for new ones.
For 1 week: Automatically deletes a recording one week after it was recorded.
Until I watch: Automatically deletes a recording after you finish watching it.
Until I delete: Won't automatically delete any recordings.
By default, Media Center starts recording a show two minutes before its scheduled time and stops recording three minutes after its scheduled time. You can change these settings to allow for more time on either end.
On the Media Center start screen, scroll to Tasks, click Settings, click TV, click Recorder, and then click Recording Defaults.
Do one of the following:
When you schedule a recording for a TV series, Media Center automatically records episodes based on the options that you set here.
Scroll down to the Series only recording defaults section.
Under Keep up to, choose how many recordings from this series to keep before older episodes are automatically deleted.
When you record a TV show or movie, it's saved as a Windows Recorded TV Show with a .wtv file name extension. For information about converting .wtv files to .dvr-ms (the older file type used by previous versions of Media Center), see Convert a recorded TV file (.wtv) to an older format.
An analog or digital TV tuner is required to play and record live TV in Windows Media Center. If your computer didn't 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 or contact your computer manufacturer.