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decorative_letter_once upon a time I figured out how to use the Microsoft Remote to turn my Windows Media Center on and off. The pre-built MCE systems (like the HPs) came with this function, but I built mine myself and had to figure it out. This was a while ago, but I thought it might be useful to someone out there that’s still trying to get the most out of Windows Media Center 2005 like I am. I cobbled together this information from several forums and sites. This solution requires two things: an ACPI compatible motherboard that supports sleep mode S3, and a working Microsoft Remote Control (and receiver). And also, you shoud know in case you don’t: turning off the MCE really means putting it into standby mode. It has to be in standby mode, rather than shut down or hibernating, so that it can wake itself back up to record shows.

  1. Reboot your computer and go into the BIOS settings (probably under Power Management) and set the sleep mode to S3. This may also be called Suspend to RAM. You may also need to set your BIOS to allow Wake from USB. Sorry I can’t be more specific, BIOS settings vary widely from motherboard to motherboard.
  2. Put this in the registry

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


  3. Go into Device Manager, under “Mice and other pointing devices” right-click “HID-compliant mouse”, choose Properties, click the Power Mananement tab, check “Allow this device to bring the computer out of standby” and click OK. If there is more than one HID-compliant mouse object, try each one until you find the one associated with the remote.
  4. Set the computer to automatically sleep after a reasonable time of inactivity, I used one hour.


Now you should be able to turn on/off your Windows Media Center by pushing the PC power button in the upper right corner of the remote. Also, the TV power button in the upper left corner can be used to control your TV, if you teach the MCE remote. You can find the instructions at the bottom of the MCE Remote Manual. And they all lived happily ever after.

Source: Microsoft Support


One Comment

    • ThanksDude
    • Posted August 24, 2009 at 8:24 PM
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    Thanks mang! You saved my bacon. I was almost ready to go postal in Microsoft’s MCE department….

    They should put a warning on the label. PAIN IN THE ASS CRAPPY PILE OF CRAP.

    I’d still try it, but at least I could blame myself for being a sucker…

    Thank you!

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