A Media Center Extender secret
Ex-Softie Matt Goyer is trying to set up a Media Center Extender and can’t find the software for it. (Presumably, this is one of the older Linksys or HP models that works with Media Center 2005.)
The Linksys and HP boxes come with software on a CD, which requires a product key. But here’s a little secret I discovered sometime back: The free, unrestricted Xbox 360 download works just fine, enabling extender capabilities for all generations of extenders.
Get it here (requires Update Rollup 2):
Updated to add: This software is already included with Windows Vista. Unfortunately, it doesn’t enable those first-generation extenders to work with Vista. There is no hack or workaround to make your old extender work with Windows Vista Media Center. An Xbox 360 will work with either XP Media Center Edition or Windows Vista, and a new generation of extenders, code-named Pika, is due out in 2007 and will offer extender capabilities with Vista using hardware that presumably costs less and does more (Media Center-wise) than an Xbox 360.