Robert McLaws: Windows Edition

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Post-CEDIA, Deafening Silence on WMC TV Pack Speaks Volumes

CEDIA has come and gone, and while Microsoft has put out a press release talking about all of the new Windows Media Center HTPCs coming out, I have not heard Word One about the WMC TV Pack. Not a feature list, nothing. But, since the last communication I had from Microsoft is that my NDA expired three days ago, I’m free to open my big fat mouth.

The lack of information “straight from the horse’s mouth” leaves one big question in my mind: Why? CEDIA was supposed to be the big coming out party. I think I speak for all beta testers when I say that we were expecting Microsoft to beat the drums pretty heavily on this one, even with all of the heavy backlash that they *rightfully* received over the decision.

Well, dear readers, I don’t have any “insider information” on what is going on in the WMC team at this particular second, because the radio silence extends to us beta testers as well. But, I do know that beta testers have been experiencing several moderate to serious issues with the RTM builds (myself included). I know that the WMC team is working on fixing these issues, but what I don’t know is what their release mechanism for those fixes will be.

Could these things have delayed the *actual* RTM beyond the announced RTM? I don’t know. Either way, since my NDA has expired by default, I’ll have my review of the WMC TV Pack online shortly.



  • Hurry up Robert!!! lol

    September 9, 2008 1:19 AM
  • I don't know about anyone else, but I've had more guide problems and ehshell crashes since updating to the TV Pack. And in case you are wondering I built my system from scratched and followed the exact instructions given to Beta testers to a tee. Just to be sure though, I did it twice, documenting every step along the way and both times I built it I've had problems.

    September 9, 2008 4:54 PM
  • pip said:

    Is it possible that you have a intel processor? I have the same problem on my computer that VMC crashes many times. Only not when i'm using it on the XBOX. I used winrar to unpack the MediacenterTVpackKB953272-x64.MSU file. Then i read the windows6.0-KB953272-x64.xml file and it said:"processorArchitecture="amd64". So i think it's optimized for AMD. Not for intel. That's why there is so many crashes on my computer, and not when using it on my XBOX. Ooooh,by the way, I'm using vista 64 bit with a Q6600.

    September 10, 2008 1:08 AM
  • So where's this review? Eh?

    September 11, 2008 3:49 AM