How to Run an Emulator Through Windows Media Center

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How to Run an Emulator Through Windows Media Center
Windows Media Center allows you to use your PC as a television. (tv image by martini from

Windows Media Center is an application that allows you to watch television through your PC. It is included in newer versions of Windows such as Windows 7 and premium versions of Windows Vista. Many television programs are available to view for free through Windows Media Center's Internet TV service. Often these include shows that you would normally only be able to get through cable.

Windows Media Center can connect to the Xbox 360, allowing you to watch television through your video game console. This allows you to watch many programs for free on your television, bypassing cable.

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  1. 1

    Turn on your PC and Xbox. Ensure that both devices are connected to the home network.

  2. 2

    Open Windows Media Center on your PC. A message should automatically appear saying that it is ready to set up an extender. You can also manually navigate to the connection screen in Windows Media Center by selecting "Start," navigating to "Tasks" and clicking "Add extender." Follow the prompts in the Windows Media Center Extender Setup screen.

  3. 3

    Use the Xbox controller to navigate to Windows Media Center on the Xbox. Follow the instructions to generate an eight-digit Windows Media Center Setup Key. Record this number on a piece of paper so you can enter it into the PC.

  4. 4

    Enter the Setup Key in Windows Media Center on the PC.

  5. 5

    Click "Finish." Your Xbox is now connected to your PC as an extender. You are now able to play television programs through your Xbox in Windows Media Center.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are connecting your PC and Xbox through a wireless connection, make sure that both are in range of the signal. Ensure that both are connected to the same router.
  • Video game console emulators are downloadable programs that simulate classic video game systems, such as the Super Nintendo, allowing you to play them through your PC. Many people are interested in attempting to combine Windows Media Center and an emulator, which would allow them to experience playing a classic video game system through the Xbox. However, this is not possible. Emulators cannot be opened in Windows Media Center.

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