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If you want to customize Windows Media Center, select from the list.

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Figure 25-3. Continuing with the optional setup as necessary

At this point, you have several options from which to choose (see Figure 25-3):

Configure tuners, TV signal, and Guide

Selecting this option and clicking Next brings up the TV Setup screen, which shows you the default region used to configure your computer for local TV services, such as the United States. If the region is correct, accept the default selection of "Yes, use this region to configure TV services" and then click Next to continue. Otherwise, select "No, I want to select a different region" and then after specifying your region you'll be able to continue.

After you select the region, you'll need to enter your postal or Zip code if appropriate. This allows you to get downloadable TV Program Guide listings if they are available for your region. Click Next. When prompted, agree to the program guide terms of service and then click Next.

If you agree to the Microsoft PlayReady agreement, Windows Media Center will install a premium content protection software component called PlayReady. PlayReady allows you to watch and record premium content in Windows Media Center and also protects your premium content by only allowing authorized people

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to view it. If you want to install PlayReady, select "I agree" and then click Next to install the software.

Next, Windows Media Center will examine the available TV signal. If there's a problem with the signal detection, you can have Media Center try to detect the TV signal again or manually configure the TV signal. Finally, Media Center will download the TV program guide for your region, if it is available.

Optimize how Windows Media Center looks on your display

Selecting this option and clicking Next brings up the Display Configuration screen. Before you continue, make sure that you are viewing the wizard on your preferred display. If your preferred display isn't connected, connect it and then restart the setup before clicking Next. If you are prompted about watching in full-screen mode, click Yes. When prompted to confirm that you are viewing the wizard on your preferred display, click Yes and then click Next.

You have several display type choices: Monitor, Flat panel, Projector, Television, and Built-in display. Select the correct device from the list, and then click Next. Select the correct cable used to connect the device to your machine and then click Next. You have four options to choose from: Composite or S-Video; DVI, VGA, or DisplayPort; HDMI; and Component cable. Selecting the proper connection helps Windows Media Center optimize itself to your system by using the best settings for each type of cable and device connected to your system.

Once you have selected the correct cable type, you must supply information concerning the display width of your computer and then click Next. You can select from standard or widescreen format. The standard format uses a ratio of 4:3. The widescreen format uses a ratio of 16:9, which is the same format as a movie screen. These choices enable you to optimize your display settings based on the media formats and device configurations available.

After you make your choices, the wizard asks you to confirm that the current display resolution is what you want to use. If so, click Yes and then click Next. If not, click No, click Next, choose a desired display resolution and then click Next.

You now have the option of allowing the wizard to help you adjust brightness, contrast and other settings or finish the display optimization part of the setup process. If you want to adjust the display controls, select the related option, click Next and then follow the prompts to adjust various aspects of the display. Set up your speakers

Select this option and click Next to set up your speakers for use with Windows Media Center. You must know how your speakers are connected to your computer and how many speakers are available, and then you must test your speakers.

Speaker connection types include: mini-plug (analog), dual-RCA (analog), single-RCA (analog), Toslink (digital), HDMI/DisplayPort (digital), and built-in (laptop). Once you have identified the type of speakers connected to your computer and then click Next.

Several speaker selections are available for use with Windows Media Center including: two speakers, 5.1 surround speakers, and 7.1 surround speakers. Select the correct speaker configuration and then click Next.

Select the Test button. If you heard sound from all of your speakers, click "I heard the sound from all of my speakers," click Next, and then click Finish. If you didn't hear sound from all of your speakers, click "I did not hear sound from all of my speakers," click Next, review the troubleshooting advice, and then click Finish.

Set up your media libraries

Choosing this option and then clicking Next allows you to tell Windows Media Center about folders that contain your media. Select a media library to set up, such as Pictures or Music, and then click Next. You are then able to add folders to or remove folders from the selected library.

You can add folders from your computer or another computer (if the folders are shared). After you select the folders to add to your libraries, Windows Media Center will then scan these folders for media and make the media available for use in Windows Media Center. From then on, Windows Media Center will monitor the folders you selected for new media as well, and will automatically make new media available for your use as well.

When you are working with Windows Media Center, you can add folders to or remove folders from your media libraries at any time by going to Tasks, clicking Settings and then clicking Media Libraries.

The first time you access a particular media library you also have a chance to add media to the library. If you want to add media to the library, click the "Add" option. Otherwise, click Cancel.

I am finished

Choose this option when you have finished the setup process and you're ready to begin using Windows Media Center. Click "I am finished," click Next, and then click Finish.

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