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<p>This This guide will help you get started with MediaPortal: prepare your Windows operation system, and install MediaPortal based on your system or network configuration.</p> <p>If

If you have already prepared your system and installed MediaPortal then you can proceed to the <a title="Setup Guides" rel="internal" href="http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/1_MEDIAPORTAL_1/13_Setup_Guides">Setup Guides</a>.</p>

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<table style="width: 98%;"> <tbody> <tr style="background-color: rgb(220,220,220);"> <div class="mindtouch-content mindtouch-collection"><div class="mt-control-nav"><ul><li class="active"><a rel="custom" href="http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/1_MEDIAPORTAL_1/1_Getting_Started" id="guide-guide" class="mt-guide-preload">Guide Contents <span class="count">(5)</span></a></li><li class=""><a rel="custom" href="http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/1_MEDIAPORTAL_1/1_Getting_Started?guide=tutorial" id="guide-tutorial" class="mt-guide-preload">Tutorials <span class="count">(9)</span></a></li><li class=""><a rel="custom" href="http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/1_MEDIAPORTAL_1/1_Getting_Started?guide=reference" id="guide-reference" class="mt-guide-preload">References <span class="count">(1)</span></a></li><li class=""><a rel="custom" href="http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/1_MEDIAPORTAL_1/1_Getting_Started?guide=troubleshooting" id="guide-troubleshooting" class="mt-guide-preload">Troubleshooting <span class="count">(0)</span></a></li><li class=""><a rel="custom" href="http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/1_MEDIAPORTAL_1/1_Getting_Started?guide=history" id="guide-history">Recent Changes</a></li></ul></div><div style="display: none;" class="guide-content" id="guide-tutorial-content"><div class="mt-control-pagelist"><div class="mt-control-subnav"><p>View tutorials for:</p><ul><li><a href="#tutorial-beginner">Beginner</a></li><li><a href="#tutorial-intermediate">Intermediate</a></li><li><a href="#tutorial-advanced">Advanced</a></li></ul></div><div class="subtitle" id="tutorial-beginner">Beginner tutorials</div><div class="mt-control-

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"><div class="mt-control-block-category"><ol><li><a rel="custom nofollow" href="http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/1_MEDIAPORTAL_1/1_Getting_Started/11_Preparing_Your_System">Preparing Your System</a></li><li><a rel="custom nofollow" href="http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/1_MEDIAPORTAL_1/1_Getting_Started/11_Preparing_Your_System/1_Codecs">Codecs</a></li></ol></div><div class="mt-control-block-content"><dl><dt><a rel="custom nofollow" href="http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/1_MEDIAPORTAL_1/1_Getting_Started/11_Preparing_Your_System/1_Codecs/1_LAV_Filters">LAV Filters</a></dt><dd>
LAV Filters, allow you to play most audio and video formats 'out of the box'. No need to install codec packs or separate codecs and filters. You can install LAV Filters with MediaPortal 1.3.0, via the Extension Installer or from the LAV Filters listing in our downloads repository.
</dd></dl></div></div><div class="mt-control-list mt-control-list-alt"><div class="mt-control-block-category"><ol><li><a rel="custom nofollow" href="http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/1_MEDIAPORTAL_1/1_Getting_Started/11_Preparing_Your_System">Preparing Your System</a></li></ol></div><div class="mt-control-block-content"><dl><dt><a rel="custom nofollow" href="http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/1_MEDIAPORTAL_1/1_Getting_Started/11_Preparing_Your_System/Windows_8">Windows 8</a></dt><dd>
Tips for settings up and using MediaPortal with Windows 8.
</dd></dl></div></div><div class="mt-control-list"><div class="mt-control-block-category"><ol><li><a rel="custom nofollow" href="http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/1_MEDIAPORTAL_1/1_Getting_Started/12_Installing_MediaPortal">Installing MediaPortal</a></li><li><a rel="custom nofollow" href="http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/1_MEDIAPORTAL_1/1_Getting_Started/12_Installing_MediaPortal/1_Installer_(Deploy_Tool)">Installer (Deploy Tool)</a></li></ol></div><div class="mt-control-block-content"><dl><dt><a rel="custom nofollow" href="http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/1_MEDIAPORTAL_1/1_Getting_Started/12_Installing_MediaPortal/1_Installer_(Deploy_Tool)/0_Select_Options">Select Options</a></dt><dd>
The Installer will ask you a series of questions to guide you through the installation of MediaPortal.
</dd><dt><a rel="custom nofollow" href="http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/1_MEDIAPORTAL_1/1_Getting_Started/12_Installing_MediaPortal/1_Installer_(Deploy_Tool)/1_Download_Only">Download Only</a></dt><dd>
Download and save the required files for installation to install MediaPortal on multiple systems, or to reinstall in future
</dd><dt><a rel="custom nofollow" href="http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/1_MEDIAPORTAL_1/1_Getting_Started/12_Installing_MediaPortal/1_Installer_(Deploy_Tool)/3_Skin_and_Extension">Skin and Extensions</a></dt><dd>
Choose a skin and recommended extensions to install with MediaPortal.
</dd></dl></div></div><div class="subtitle" id="tutorial-intermediate">Intermediate tutorials</div><div class="mt-control-list"><div class="mt-control-block-category"><ol><li><a rel="custom nofollow" href="http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/1_MEDIAPORTAL_1/1_Getting_Started/11_Preparing_Your_System">Preparing Your System</a></li></ol></div><div class="mt-control-block-content"><dl><dt><a rel="custom nofollow" href="http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/1_MEDIAPORTAL_1/1_Getting_Started/11_Preparing_Your_System/1_Codecs">Codecs</a> <span class="rating">1 of 1 found this helpful</span></dt><dd>
As of v 1.3.0 MediaPortal installs LAV Filters which will play most of your media files 'out of the box'. However, this guide explains codecs if you are using previous versions of MediaPortal.
</dd><dt><a rel="custom nofollow" href="http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/1_MEDIAPORTAL_1/1_Getting_Started/11_Preparing_Your_System/Anti-Virus_Settings">Anti-Virus Settings</a></dt><dd>
How to configure your Anti-Virus for MediaPortal if you use it on the same PC.
</dd><dt><a rel="custom nofollow" href="http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/1_MEDIAPORTAL_1/1_Getting_Started/11_Preparing_Your_System/Firewall_Settings">Firewall Settings</a> <span class="rating">1 of 1 found this helpful</span></dt><dd>
How to configure your firewall settings for MediaPortal if you use a 3rd party firewall or require remote access.
</dd><dt><a rel="custom nofollow" href="http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/1_MEDIAPORTAL_1/1_Getting_Started/11_Preparing_Your_System/XP_User_Guide">Windows XP</a> <span class="rating">1 of 1 found this helpful</span></dt><dd>
This guide will show a possible software setup for your HTPC. It assumes a dedicated Home Theater PC based on Windows XP, but most of these guidelines can also be used on a general-purpose PC and with Windows Vista / Windows 7.
</dd></dl></div></div></div></div><div style="display: none;" id="guide-troubleshooting-content" class="guide-content"><div class="mt-control-nocontent"><p class="nocontent-title">This guide has no troubleshooting pages.</p><p>Troubleshooting pages are for users to identify reasons and fixes for problems. To mark a troubleshooting page, add the tag <code>article:task-troubleshooting</code> to any page.</p></div></div><div style="display: none;" id="guide-reference-content" class="guide-content"><div class="mt-control-pagelist"><div class="mt-control-subnav"><p>View references for:</p><ul><li><a href="#reference-feature">Features</a></li><li><a href="#reference-sample">Samples</a></li></ul></div><div class="subtitle" id="reference-feature">Features</div><div class="mt-control-list"><div class="mt-control-block-category"><ol><li><a rel="custom nofollow" href="http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/1_MEDIAPORTAL_1/1_Getting_Started/11_Preparing_Your_System">Preparing Your System</a></li></ol></div><div class="mt-control-block-content"><dl><dt><a rel="custom nofollow" href="http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/1_MEDIAPORTAL_1/1_Getting_Started/11_Preparing_Your_System/Driver_Downloads">Driver Downloads</a></dt><dd>
Where to download the latest drivers for your HTPC
</dd></dl></div></div></div></div><div style="" class="guide-content" id="guide-guide-content"><div class="mt-control-guide-description"><strong>Click the right arrows<a title="RightArrow.png" rel="internal" href="http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/@api/deki/files/3884/=RightArrow.png?parent=Wiki+Icons"><img alt="RightArrow.png" style="width: 12px; height: 11px;" src="http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/@api/deki/files/3884/=RightArrow.png?parent=Wiki+Icons" /></a>in the list of Topics below to see related tutorials, references, etc. for each topic</strong></div><div class="noindex"><div class="mt-idf-guide-toc"><div class=""><div class="mt-control-page-subtitle">Table of Contents</div><div class="mt-control-page-listcontent"><div style="margin-left: 0%"><a rel="custom nofollow" href="http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/1_MEDIAPORTAL_1/1_Getting_Started/11_Preparing_Your_System">Preparing Your System</a></div><div style="margin-left: 0%"><a rel="custom nofollow" href="http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/1_MEDIAPORTAL_1/1_Getting_Started/12_Installing_MediaPortal">Installing MediaPortal</a></div><div style="margin-left: 30px"><a rel="custom nofollow" href="http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/1_MEDIAPORTAL_1/1_Getting_Started/12_Installing_MediaPortal/1_Installer_(Deploy_Tool)">Installer (Deploy Tool)</a></div><div style="margin-left: 30px"><a rel="custom nofollow" href="http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/1_MEDIAPORTAL_1/1_Getting_Started/12_Installing_MediaPortal/2_Backup_and_Restore">Backup and Restore</a></div><div style="margin-left: 30px"><a rel="custom nofollow" href="http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/1_MEDIAPORTAL_1/1_Getting_Started/12_Installing_MediaPortal/Uninstalling_MediaPortal">Uninstalling MediaPortal</a></div></div></div></div><div class="mt-idf-guide-reports"><div class="mt-control-page-subtitle">Reports</div><div class="mt-control-page-listcontent"><div><a rel="custom nofollow" href="http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/Special%3AReports?query=path:1_MEDIAPORTAL_1/1_Getting_Started+OR+path:1_MEDIAPORTAL_1/1_Getting_Started/&tab=quality">Community Scoring</a></div><div><a rel="custom nofollow" href="http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/Special:Reports?query=path:1_MEDIAPORTAL_1/1_Getting_Started+OR+path:1_MEDIAPORTAL_1/1_Getting_Started/&tab=aging">Content Aging</a></div></div></div><div class="mt-idf-guide-overview"><div class="mt-control-page-subtitle">Topics</div><ul class="mt-idf-topic-list"><li class="mt-idf-topic-listitem"><div class="mt-idf-topic"><a rel="custom nofollow" href="http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/1_MEDIAPORTAL_1/1_Getting_Started/11_Preparing_Your_System">Preparing Your System</a></div><div class="mt-idf-topic-details"><div class="mt-idf-topic-item collapsed" id="mt-idf-topic-168">
How to prepare your system and configure Windows so MediaPortal interfaces with your TV much like a commercial Set Top Box without annoying pop-ups, requests for passwords when you boot up, etc.
</div><div id="mt-idf-topic-168-details" class="mt-idf-topic-subpages"><div class="noindex"><div class="mt-idf-subtopic-container"><ul id="mt-idf-topic-168-tutorial-details" class="mt-idf-topic-168-details"><li><a rel="custom nofollow" href="http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/1_MEDIAPORTAL_1/1_Getting_Started/11_Preparing_Your_System/Windows_8">Windows 8</a><span class="mt-idf-category">(Tutorial)</span></li><li><a rel="custom nofollow" href="http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/1_MEDIAPORTAL_1/1_Getting_Started/11_Preparing_Your_System/Firewall_Settings">Firewall Settings</a><span class="mt-idf-category">(Tutorial)</span></li><li><a rel="custom nofollow" href="http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/1_MEDIAPORTAL_1/1_Getting_Started/11_Preparing_Your_System/Anti-Virus_Settings">Anti-Virus Settings</a><span class="mt-idf-category">(Tutorial)</span></li><li><a rel="custom nofollow" href="http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/1_MEDIAPORTAL_1/1_Getting_Started/11_Preparing_Your_System/XP_User_Guide">Windows XP</a><span class="mt-idf-category">(Tutorial)</span></li><li><a rel="custom nofollow" href="http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/1_MEDIAPORTAL_1/1_Getting_Started/11_Preparing_Your_System/1_Codecs">Codecs</a><span class="mt-idf-category">(Tutorial)</span></li></ul><ul id="mt-idf-topic-168-reference-details" class="mt-idf-topic-168-details"><li><a rel="custom nofollow" href="http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/1_MEDIAPORTAL_1/1_Getting_Started/11_Preparing_Your_System/Driver_Downloads">Driver Downloads</a><span class="mt-idf-category">(Reference)</span></li></ul></div></div>
</div></div></li><li class="mt-idf-topic-listitem-alt"><div class="mt-idf-topic"><a rel="custom nofollow" href="http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/1_MEDIAPORTAL_1/1_Getting_Started/12_Installing_MediaPortal">Installing MediaPortal</a></div><div class="mt-idf-topic-details"><div class="mt-idf-topic-item empty" id="mt-idf-topic-48">
An introduction to downloading and installing MediaPortal and the included plugins.
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</div><div class="mt-idf-subtopic"><div class="mt-idf-topic-item collapsed" id="mt-idf-topic-269"><a rel="custom nofollow" href="http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/1_MEDIAPORTAL_1/1_Getting_Started/12_Installing_MediaPortal/1_Installer_(Deploy_Tool)">Installer (Deploy Tool)</a></div><div id="mt-idf-topic-269-details" class="mt-idf-topic-subpages"><div class="noindex"><div class="mt-idf-subtopic-container"><ul id="mt-idf-topic-269-tutorial-details" class="mt-idf-topic-269-details"><li><a rel="custom nofollow" href="http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/1_MEDIAPORTAL_1/1_Getting_Started/12_Installing_MediaPortal/1_Installer_(Deploy_Tool)/1_Download_Only">Download Only</a><span class="mt-idf-category">(Tutorial)</span></li><li><a rel="custom nofollow" href="http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/1_MEDIAPORTAL_1/1_Getting_Started/12_Installing_MediaPortal/1_Installer_(Deploy_Tool)/0_Select_Options">Select Options</a><span class="mt-idf-category">(Tutorial)</span></li><li><a rel="custom nofollow" href="http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/1_MEDIAPORTAL_1/1_Getting_Started/12_Installing_MediaPortal/1_Installer_(Deploy_Tool)/3_Skin_and_Extension">Skin and Extensions</a><span class="mt-idf-category">(Tutorial)</span></li></ul></div></div>
</div></div><div class="mt-idf-subtopic"><div class="mt-idf-topic-item empty" id="mt-idf-topic-270"><a rel="custom nofollow" href="http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/1_MEDIAPORTAL_1/1_Getting_Started/12_Installing_MediaPortal/2_Backup_and_Restore">Backup and Restore</a></div><div id="mt-idf-topic-270-details" class="mt-idf-topic-subpages">
</div></div><div class="mt-idf-subtopic"><div class="mt-idf-topic-item empty" id="mt-idf-topic-15326"><a rel="custom nofollow" href="http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/1_MEDIAPORTAL_1/1_Getting_Started/12_Installing_MediaPortal/Uninstalling_MediaPortal">Uninstalling MediaPortal</a></div><div id="mt-idf-topic-15326-details" class="mt-idf-topic-subpages">
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