How to Set Up an HDMI Output to a TV With Windows Media Center

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How to Set Up an HDMI Output to a TV With Windows Media Center
Send digital video and audio from Windows Media Center to a TV with an HDMI connection. (tv control and tv 3 image by chrisharvey from

Windows Media Center is a software application for watching television and movies on a PC, viewing digital content and playing online games. The program is often pre-installed on computers running a Microsoft operating system. Setting up Media Center to work with a high-definition TV requires an HDMI (high definition media interface) cable to connect from the computer to the TV. HDMI transmits digital video and audio in a single cable, so no other connections are necessary. When the PC is hooked up, a keystroke sequence activates the output to send Media Center content to the TV.

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  • HDMI cable

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  1. 1

    Shut off the TV and the computer.

  2. 2

    Connect the HDMI cable from an HDMI output port on the computer to a matching input port on the TV with the narrow side of the plug facing down.

  3. 3

    Turn on the computer and TV, then press the TV remote control "Input" button until the computer screen displays on the television.

  4. 4

    Start Windows Media Center by clicking the flag button in the lower left corner of the screen to highlight "All Programs," then double click "Windows Media Center" on the list of applications on the computer.

  5. 5

    Press the function key labelled "Fn" on the keyboard along with one of the F keys on the top line of keys to turn on the HDMI output. Use the F key printed with a small screen or monitor icon. Some keyboards have a key labelled "LCD/CRT," which should be used with the Fn key to activate the HDMI output.

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