Individualization Troubleshooting With DRM

Steps to take:

  • Login as administrator to rule out the restricted access as being the problem
  • Enable Cookies in Internet Explorer
  • Within Windows Media Player, click on Tools | Options, then select the Privacy tab. Make sure the following 2 options are checked:
    • Acquire licenses automatically for protected content
    • Send unique Player ID to content providers
  • Click on the Cookies button and check these options:
    • Select the Privacy tab, and make sure your cookie tolerance is set to Medium or lower
    • Select the Security tab, click the Default Level button in the lower right side. If this button is not active, set the level to Medium
  • Select the Advanced tab, and make sure the following 2 checkboxes are checked:
    • Enable Install on Demand (Internet Explorer)
    • Enable Install on Demand (Other)
  • Select the Connections tab, and make sure the following options are correct
    • If you’re using a modem click on the name of your Internet Service Provider and then click on Settings.
    • If you’re using a cable service, such as Comcast, Cox, or RoadRunner, click on LAN Settings.  Uncheck the box that says Use Proxy Server.
  • If you have Norton Anti-virus installed on your machine, you will have to disable the auto-prtect in order for the licenses to be delivered. After receiving the downloads and licenses you must re-enable the auto-protect option.


  • Click here to download the latest DRM client. This will download a secure folder and key ID for your Windows Media Player to your computer from Microsoft.
  • If all else fails or if you get an error message that specifically mentions the DRM components after you’ve installed the DRM client above, or if you can’t install the DRM client above for any reason, you can remove your DRM components and licenses and allow Windows Media Player recreate them with the next use.
    • For Windows 2000 Professional and Windows XP:  Delete the all files from the folder C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\DRM
    • For Windows ME:  Delete the all files from the folder C:\Windows\All Users\DRM
    • For Windows 98 SE:  Delete the all files from the folder C:\Windows\DRM
  • Click here to download the latest DRM client.

Note: DRM is a system folder, and you may have to change your Windows Explorer folder options settings to view the hidden files and folders and protected system operating files.

dCut For Windows Media Center Edition

Q: What is dCut?
A: dCut is a program written for Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition (MCE). dCut was written to make it easier to compress and cut the DVR-MS files which are created by MCE.

Q: What makes dCut special?
A: dCut is unique in a few ways. First, dCut combines the tasks of cutting out only the segments you want from dvr-ms files, and compressing dvr-ms files into a smaller format (Windows Media 9.) Second, dCut allows you to do all of this from your couch, utilizing the a 10′ UI which integrated directly into MCE. dCut works via a hosted HTML App, and uses the MCE remote control.

Q: How does it work?
A: When you load dCut, it provides you with a list of available dvr-ms files or wmv files. Using your MCE remote control, you choose from this list the file you want to work with. After you select the file, dCut will play it for you and allow you to denote the start and stops of segments you want to keep. After you have choosen all the segments you want, you then tell dCut to compress the file.

Welcome to dCut for Media Center Edition

Sherlock – The Codec Detective!

Fellow Digital Media MVP Marc Liron has written a nice and simple application to display what audio and video codec’s you have installed on your machine and even to detect if they are broken!

High points for the project included…

  • Determine the codecs installed on a Windows XP computer

  • Check to see if any of the codec’s were “BROKEN”  (will be highlighted in RED….)

  • Export the data to a text file for technical support!

  • Was FAST to run on a PC and did NOT require installing…

  • SMALL enough for download by modem!

SHERLOCK – The Codec Detective Download

HomeSeer Windows MCE Home Control Released

From eHomeUpgrade


HomeSeer Technologies, a home automation software and system developer, has announced the release of their Windows Media Center Edition plug-in that allows HomeSeer product users to control lighting, security, and thermostats throughout the home using Windows Media Center’s 10-foot TV UI and remote control. Also included in the plug-in is a scripting interface (programming languages: VBScript, JavaScript, and Perl) so one can add custom functionality or compatibility support for 3rd party products.


Compatible Products
HomeSeer system software is compatible with wired and wireless protocols for easy adaptation to new construction or retrofit installations. State of the art Z-Wave wireless devices are fully supported as well as conventional powerline-based solutions (like X-10). An ever-growing range of software modules are also available to allow direct integration with devices from vendors such as ACT, Aprilaire, Applied Digital, Global Cache, HAI, HomeVision, Leviton, Lightolier, Lutron RadioRA, JDS, Napco, OnQ, RCS, Smarthome, Sylvania, WGL and many others.


Read More and Screenshots: Here

My Movies For MCE 2005 Released!

My Movies is the new version of My DVD Collection for Windows Media Center Edition 2005. This is a DVD indexing application that gives you a great on screen interface for either DVD’s ripped to your hard drive, or just your DVD’s right from their original disc.

My Movies is for Windows Media Center Edition 2005 only and can be downloaded from free below!

My Movies and My DVD Collection Downloads

“My Movies” Final Release 1.00 Available

MSN Remote Record Beta is Accepting Nominations!!

Public Beta of the MSN Remote Record Service. This service enables users running Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 to remotely schedule TV shows to record on their Media Center Edition-based PCs.

Note: This beta is for US and Canada MCE users only.  To officially join the MSN Remote Record Service Beta, here are the
instructions to sign up via Beta Place:

Go to

a.. Sign in with your Passport ID
b.. At the top of the Beta Place page you should see:

If you were issued a Guest ID by Microsoft, you can sign in by clicking here.

a. Click on “clicking here”
b. Sign in with guest ID: myshows (all one word, all lower case)
c. Click on “MSN Remote Record Service Beta”
d. Click on “survey” on the left side of the MSN Remote Record Service Beta Program page
e. Click on “MSN Remote Record Beta Nomination Form”
f. Fill out the form and submit.

All valid nominations will be approved. Once approved, it takes about 24 hours for the information to get through the Beta Place system and testers to have access to the Beta program.

Have fun!

NVIDIA DVD Decoder Update Due After Thanksgiving

MCE Specific

  • Added MCE decoder extensions package install support to allow for decoder controls from MCE 10ft UI

  • Added install of MS VMR9 QFE Hotfix for 1080i smooth playback

  • Improved buffer management performance and handling for MCE HD playback (especially for 128MB cards)

  • Re-enabled support for VMR9 procamp color controls for MCE playback on NVIDIA GPU cards

  • Fix issue with aspect ratio handling with certain content on MCE

Video Decoder

  • Work around for problem with VMR9 procamp causing out of order de-interlacing on 1080i contest with MS Quartz.dll v2058

  • Fix for crash in WMP10 when opening the decoder prop page icon while trans-coding an MCE file to Portable Media Center device

  • Fixed issue with decoder output crushing blacks on some display driver versions.

  • Fix for potential deadlock during stop/pause/play transistion under MS stress test

  • Fix for NVVPP support where interlaced video was being double de-interlaced

  • Fixed a color banding or solarizing affect on software decoded “Video” mode material (Shrek2 for example)

  • Added DXVA Smart mode support for all 2-2 NTSC cadences including those sequences that have progressive_frame = 1
    (Fixes GalaxyQuest main menu, Cable Guy fight scene, and Looney Tunes Vol2, Disk 4 chapter 4).

  • Fix for Multiple decoder task tray icons when using WMP10 in a playlist or repeat mode.

Audio Decoder

  • Changed to allow MPEG audio decode on non-Dolby certified applications

  • Changed default Dolby Dynamic Range Compression mode from Late Night to Normal per MS MCE logo requirements

  • Fixed transcoding of mult-channel audio to WMAPro 5.1

  • Fixed transcoding of ATSC content to Portable Media Center device

Video Post Processor

  • Fix for red chroma problem on Raiders of the Lost Arc

Multi Source Transport Reader

  • Added a function to the interface to allow the filter to recalculate the duration list

Transport Stream Info Parser

  • Fix for divide by zero error on certain transport streams

  • Fix to restore to desired program selection after a seek

nstant Media Application

  • Updated translations for all 15 languages

  • Added support for VMR9 (Requires WinXP SP2 or MCE 2005)

  • Changed to from 10% to 5% for FF and 10% to 1% for FR for music and videos for better navigation and instant replay behavior
    Added support for VMR9 and PureVideo playback (Requires DX9.0c and SP2) (MS QFE 888354 recommended for best 1080i playback)

  • Added fix to free video file playback resources when leaving video mode

  • Added support for browsing by year and month in “Organize Album” in photos

  • Added support for handling of invalid EXIF dates in photo JPEGs

  • Added support for DVD Fast Rewind across chapter boundary if “Title Repeat” mode enabled

  • Added support for DVD playback from the hard disk with and without a VIDEO_TS directory present

  • Added support for unencrypted .VOB file playback

  • Added support for allowing progress panel during DVD trailers

  • Fixed potential hang when quitting a slideshow DVD

FIX: The TransferCount Property Decrements By Two

Microsoft Windows Media Digital Rights Management (WMDRM) offers enhanced protection for your content when you transfer content to a portable device by using WMDRM. However, when you transfer content, the TransferCount property on the content may be decremented by 2 instead of by 1.

FIX: The TransferCount property decrements by 2 when you transfer content to a portable device in Windows Media Player 10