ActiveWin.com: Microsoft Windows Vista with Media Center Hardware Requirements Information
Welcome to Windows Vista with Media Center!
If you want to use TV functionality of Media Center or navigate the Media Center user interface with a remote control, special hardware is required. Below you will find information about supported hardware, purchasing TV tuners and remote controls, as well as answers to questions you may have about using Media Center.
Media Center runs on any computer that meets the hardware requirements for Vista.
Every computer can use the music, pictures, and videos features of Media Center without any special hardware or configuration.
For the purposes of this beta, only the following graphics cards are officially supported by the Media Center support team.
Please use the compatible video graphics cards listed below for Media Center. Most of these cards can be purchased at your local computer or electronics retail stores. Alternatively, they can also be purchased direct from the manufacturer online. The device drivers for the supported ATI and NVidia hardware are included in this Vista build.
TV functionality is only available on computers that have a TV tuner card installed. If you do not have a TV tuner card, the TV features in Media Center are not visible.
In this beta build, drivers for the following tuner cards are currently supported on Windows Update. Use the Device Manager in the System Control Panel to update the driver from Microsoft Update. If your tuner is not listed, please try to download a driver using the Device Manager prior to reporting the issue as we will continue to expand the list of drivers on Microsoft Update.
If a software MPEG2 encoder is required, a demo version can be downloaded from Mainconcept: http://www.mainconcept.com/downloads.shtml
Media Center PC Remote Control & IR Receiver
These remotes can also allow you to control a set top box with the same Media Center remote that controls the PC.
Electronic Program Guide (EPG):
In order to get the guide to download correctly, you will need a properly configured TV tuner signal setup for your region.
Additional Questions?: If you have additional questions about using Media Center, please post your questions to the Vista Media Center beta newsgroups.