How to Set Up Windows Media Center to Receive HD Channels

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How to Set Up Windows Media Center to Receive HD Channels
Windows Media Center allows you to view high-definition channels directly on your computer screen. (computer image by blaine stiger from

If your cable and home TV tuner is equipped for viewing high-definition channels, you can easily set up Windows Media Center to view and recieve HD channels, especially if your Media Center computer has a built-in HDTV. However, if your computer doesn't have HDTV hardware installed, you will need to upgrade your Media Center computer. When purchasing HDTV hardware you will need to ensure that it is labelled "Designed for Windows Media Center Edition." Retail stores, such as Best Buy, will install the hardware for you.

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Things you need

  • HDTV antenna
  • HDTV hardware

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  1. 1

    Launch Media Center by clicking on the "Start" menu, "Programs" and then "Media Center."

  2. 2

    Select "TV" and then "Setup TV Signal." Click "Next" to begin setting up the TV signal.

  3. 3

    Click "Yes" and then click on "NTSC" or "PAL" as the region. Your computer should already be set to the correct region. Select "Next."

  4. 4

    Click "Configure my TV signal automatically" and then click "Next." Media Center will now scan for antenna signals. Once it has picked up the antenna signal click on "Yes" and then "Next" to continue.

  5. 5

    Click on "Yes" to use the Windows Media Center TV guide.

  6. 6

    Click "Agree" when the service agreement pops up and then click "Next."

  7. 7

    Type in your zip code and click "Next." Windows Media Center will download the correct TV guide for your area.

  8. 8

    Click on the box next to each channel that indicates that the signal is low. This will remove those channels and keep the high-quality and high-definition channels.

  9. 9

    Click "Next" and then click "Done." You have now set up Windows Media Center to receive high-definition channels.

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