How To HTPC Windows Media Center

Remote Simplicity: Using a Zune Remote in Media Center


Some times you just want to keep things simple or gasp keep it “Apple” like. That is the case with this nice little gem of a find. A user over at Life Hacker found out that with a simple registry edit you can use alternative IR remote controls within Media Center and even Windows Media Player.

A while back I documented on how you can have two media center PC’s in the same room by editing the IR registry settings on one of the Media Center PC’s so that you could control both Media Center PC’s at the same time without having conflicting IR issues.

zune_dock_remote_control Taking the same IR registry edit concept you can edit your Media Center PC registry and set it so that your PC will respond to any Microsoft IR device, whether that be a Zune IR remote, or an Xbox 360 media remote.

There are several versions of the Zune IR remote, both types are pictured here. So by simply performing the registry edit you can now have virtually any IR remote in the Microsoft family of remotes controlling your Media Center PC.

So if you want just a simple remote, directional pad, play/pause/skip pretty much any of the basic functionality this just might be what you are looking for.

Via Life Hacker & eHome Upgrade

[tags] Media Center, Remote, HTPC, 7MC, Xbox, Zune[/tags]


About the author

Josh Shenkle

Five+ year veteran media center user. Over the years I have built over 20 media center pc's whether it has been to upgrade an existing system in my setup, or to build a media center pc (HTPC) for friends or family. My other passion besides HTPC's and Media Center is Home Theater. After purchasing my first home with a blank slate in the basement, I completely finished it off, building a home theater with a 120" front projection setup and 7.1 surround sound system. So between Media Center and Home theater that is what you'll find me talking about here. Like Adam Thursby, between the two of us are probably the only Zune users you'll find. I started out with an iPod nano but eventually found my way to the Zune and the Zune software and never looked back. Also like Josh Pollard I too am a mobile phone/smart phone gadget nerd. In my "day job" one of my job responsibilities is to test out new phones, specifically windows mobile phones, and test them out with our exchange server and trouble shoot end user issues. I am also a Blackberry convert as I recently got a Blackberry Storm for personal use and absolutely love it! I am a huge forum troll, you can find me on AVSforums, TGB, Missingremote, Hardforums, and even the AU media center forums. I like to help out where I can when it comes to HTPC's and media center in general, so if there are questions to be had, I try to answer them the best I can.