Windows 8 Media Center Startup Options

It’s as if Microsoft is going out of their way to prevent us from using Windows Media Center in Windows 8. A user at the Microsoft Answers Forum noticed that there are a couple of things missing from the Startup and Window Behavior options within Windows Media Center in Windows 8. The options for always keeping Windows Media Center on top and starting Media Center when Windows starts have both been removed. A Microsoft employee, going by the name Nico T, responded by updating the FAQ with the following:

Due to new Windows OS requirements and behaviors, these two features have been removed from Media Center in Windows 8.

So,if you were considering upgrading a dedicated home theater PC to Windows 8, Microsoft may have given you one more reason not to do so.

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Source: Microsoft Answers via Barb Bowman





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Josh Pollard

Josh Pollard

Josh has been writing software since his parents brought home their first computer. His love for gadgets and technology eventually spurred a passion for home theater technology. After starting the DMZ, he received Microsoft’s MVP award for Windows Media Center. Even though the beloved home theater PC platform is all but dead he continues to tinker with consumer entertainment technology. He’s a life-long gamer and DIY smart home enthusiast. He co-hosts the Entertainment 2.0 podcast with Richard Gunther and the DMZ’s gaming podcast, Story Players, with Joe DeStazio.