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Windows XP Media Center Edition SDK Media Center Extenders 

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Media Center Extenders

A Media Center Extender is a hardware device that enables the user to access Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition content from a TV in a remote location. A Media Center Extender uses the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) over a wired or wireless connection to communicate with a Media Center PC, and a side-channel to transport audio and video content to the remote device. The Media Center Extender session runs in the context of a limited user account. The session does not support user input from a keyboard or mouse; it only supports input from a remote control.

This section describes how to design Media Center HTML applications and add-ins that work well when running in the Media Center Extender session. It discusses the following topics.

Topic Description
Installing an Application on the Host Computer Describes how to install an application on the host Media Center PC.
Handling the Limited Access Rights of a Media Center Extender Session Describes how to design applications that can handle the limited access rights granted to applications that run in a Media Center Extender session.
Testing Your Application in a Limited User Context Describes how to test your application to ensure that it runs well in a Media Center Extender session.
Avoiding Visible User Interface Elements Describes how to ensure that your application does not cause error messages by attempting to display user interface (UI) elements in a Media Center Extender session.
Supporting the Remote Control for Text Entry Describes how your application can support text entry through the remote control while your application is running in a Media Center Extender session.
Supported Media Types for the Media Center Extender Lists the types of media content that are supported in a Media Center Extender session.
Avoiding Internet Explorer Security Dialog Boxes Describes how to design your application so that it does not interrupt the user by causing Internet Explorer to display security dialog boxes.
Detecting a Media Center Extender Session Describes how your application can detect whether it is running in a Media Center Extender session.
Preventing Access to Your Application from the Media Center Extender Describes how to prevent the user from accessing your application from a Media Center Extender session.
Handling the Resolution Difference of a Media Center Extender Session Describes how your application can handle the low screen resolution of a Media Center Extender session.

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