Thursday, February 25, 2010

Microsoft Releases Windows 7 Media Center Update

Microsoft pushed out a Microsoft Cumulative Update for February 2010 with some new Windows 7 Media Center updates.  I recommend you have automatic updates turned off & manually update or at least set the update time to be an off-peak time.  I say this for two reasons:

1. You don’t want an update to muck up things while you’re watching or recording your favorite shows.  Most of these sort of updates require a reboot and you certainly don’t want your machine deciding to reboot during recordings now do you?

2. You might just want to wait a couple of days to be sure the update doesn’t have any unintended consequences – a few days is usually enough time to hear from other, more brave folks to tell us if bad things happen from the update or not.

The updates include some useful items – especially for CableCard users.  Here’s the main points from the update:

  • Improves the overall experience for systems that are configured by using digital cable card tuners. - I’m not sure what particular things this is focused on, but hopefully it will address the problems some CableCard users have been complaining about such as intermittent crashing etc.
  • Resolves backward compatibility issues for some legacy Windows Media Center extensibility applications.
  • Resolves an issue with how recorded TV shows are managed when switching to a user locale that is based on the Hijri calendar.
  • Improves the overall experience when you use Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting (ISDB) tuners. ISDB is a Japanese standard for digital television and digital radio.

More info at this Microsoft Support Page