Make More of Your Music

Windows Media® Center makes your music more enjoyable. Windows® 7 automatically downloads album art thumbnails. Browsing music is like looking at your CD collection spread out in front of you. It’s easy and fun to find just what you want to hear. You can quickly find music by artist, song or album title, as well as by genre, composer or year. With just a few clicks of the remote, pull up your music from the year you graduated from high school or the year your child was born. You can shuffle, repeat and play your music just the way you like it.

Create playlists, apply visualizations, and even burn collections to CD or DVD and take your music to go. And while you’re at it, start up a slideshow of your favorite photos to go with your favorite tunes. Enjoying music with Windows Media Center isn’t limited to what’s available on a single PC. Search for and add music to your library from another PC connected to your home network, or tune into Internet radio for even more options.

Enjoying Digital Memories

Photos and home movies are an important part of enjoying your family’s memories. You can make the most of your personal memory bank with Windows Media Center on your PC. No more crowding around a PC to look at the latest family photos.

With Windows Media Center, you can turn your simple photo collection into a cinematic slideshow that can be shared on the television in the living room.

Make More of Your Memories

The Play All option on the Start Menu enables a full slide show of photos at the click of a button. You can even enjoy your slideshow with music from your music collection for a truly memorable experience. To create a slideshow with a soundtrack, just make a playlist of photos and music. When you’ve got it just right, burn your playlist of music and photos to a DVD then take your slideshow anywhere.

In the Picture Library, you can navigate easily through your photos by folder or by the date they were taken, with thumbnails and highlighting that help you quickly identify the specific images or folders you want to see. You can also perform basic editing functions, such as rotating or touching up pictures, either from within the picture library or on the fly during a slide show.

Make Great Home Movies

Home movies are another important part of any families’ digital memory experience. With Windows Media Center on your PC, you can easily play any of your home movies that have been imported from your video recorder. And while high-definition camcorders are just now being introduced to the consumer market, Windows Media Center has built-in support for high-definition video.

One of the fun things about digital memories is being able to share them with family and friends. With Windows Media Center, you can burn images and videos with a soundtrack to CD or DVD using your remote control. All of this can be shared over your home network with a Media Extender or the Xbox 360®, which acts as an Extender for Windows Media Center.

Did you know? Windows Media Center is available in the Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate editions of Windows 7.