How to Setup and View Netflix Using Windows Media Center

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Using Netflix With WMC.

Windows Media Center (WMC) for Vista Home Premium and Ultimate can access Netflix online media. Other versions of WMC including XP Media Center and the WMC included with Windows 7, as of this date (05/30/09), do not provide this access.

Netflix is a very convenient service. For Vista Windows users with a Broadband Internet connection, the process can be even more convenient and enable you to not only view movies on your PC ​but on your television, if connected. Using Netflix via the WMC also will simplify the process of selecting movies for the various queues and instant play (For example, Tivo users must bounce between a PC and their Tivo unit to queue up movies for selection and play.)

To access Netflix via the Windows Media Center, perform the steps in the following process. Note: If you cannot see the Netflix icon in Windows Media Center, run setup again (The steps are: Tasks, Settings, General, Run Setup Again, etc., to go through the setup process within the Windows Media Center program.

1. Open the Windows Media Center and locate the Netflix Icon.

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Start the Netflix Installation Process

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Install Netflix.

1. Click on the Netflix icon.

2. Click the Install button.

3. Click the Open Website button.

4. Click Run to launch the Netflix Windows Media Center installer.

Note: Anywhere in the process you may see a security message from Windows, just click yes or ok and continue the process.

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Continue the Netflix Installation, Install Silverlight

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Install Netflix and Silverlight.

1. At the Install Netflix in Windows Media Center screen, click Install Now.

2. Netflix will begin installing.

3. At the Install Microsoft Silverlight screen, click Install Now.

4. At the Enable Microsoft Update screen, click Next.

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Finish Installation, Start Netflix in Windows Media Center

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Start Netflix.

1. The installation will continue and complete.

2. At the Restart Windows Media Center screen, click the Finish button

3. When WMC restarts, it will open the Netflix login screen. Enter your username and password, check the “Remember Me” box and click “Continue”. (If you have not yet set up an account, this screen also gives you that opportunity, or you can go to and do that using an Internet Browser.)

4. Choose a category (Genre) and movie title that you would like to watch. For this example, I have chosen Drama and The Shawshank Redemption.

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Select a Movie and Play It

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Select a Movie and Watch It.

When the description opens, there are several options. Click Play, to begin the movie.

At the Netflix Sign-In Required screen, click Yes.

The movie will begin to play in Windows Media Center.

Adjust the WMC settings to your taste and enjoy the movie.