CES brings wave of connected media devices thanks to Windows Media Center in Windows Embedded 7

Pete Brown: Most consumers may not know what Windows Embedded is, although many of you have interacted with it somewhere along the line. Windows Embedded is a componentized version of the OS that we offer to manufacturers who can then optimize it for use in specialized devices. It runs everything from automotive systems to retail point of sale machines, digital signage and industrial equipment.

So last April, when it was announced that the latest version ā€“ Window Embedded Standard 7 ā€“ included the Windows Media Center feature, not too many consumers took notice. Over on TheGreenButton.com, however, our enthusiast community certainly did...

Keeping Windows Media Center in step with changes from your cable company

Pete Brown: We've been using Windows Media Center as our homeā€™s main DVR for several years now. We have basic cable service, and over the past few months, my cable company has started to switch some of our channels from analog delivery over to their digital service.

This type of change has become more and more common for cable companies over the past year or so, as a quick search on TheGreenButton.com (TGB), our community for Windows Media Center enthusiasts will show. What's more, there are a few different types of changes going on with cable providers, and people are turning to TGB to help keep their Windows Media Center PCs in step with the changes.

Here are some of the most common scenarios we're seeing, and some of the options you have for keeping your Windows Media Center PC in step with any changes your provider may be making...