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Once you have completed Quick Setup, run MediaPortal for the first time and test your basic setup.

Startup/Resume Settings

If you wish to run your HTPC as a MediaPortal Client (i.e.using mainly or only MediaPortal) you can configure the Startup/Resume settings:

  1. Open the General settings menu and select Startup/Resume Settings
  2. Leave the default ticked items as they are and do the following:

Starting MediaPortal

There are several ways you can start MediaPortal:

  1. When Windows starts (based upon the Startup/Resume Settings you selected above)
  2. Double click on the MediaPortal shortcut on your desktop 
  3. Press the green button  on your MCE remote control - if it doesn't work see Green Button  setup).

Once MP has started up, you will see the either the Default or Titan skin depending which you selected during installation.(You can change the skin later if you wish as discussed in the Skins Setup guide).

You should be able to use your remote to navigate round the GUI. Or if using a keyboard, see Keyboard Shortcuts. If you get lost at any time, then simply press the MCE green button, or the "H" key on the keyboard to return to the "Home Screen". 

You can choose either the Classic Home (shown below) or Basic Home screen in GUI Settings (see Home or Basic Home)

To learn more about the standard features of the MediaPortal user interface and navigation, see Basics.

You should be able to access the menus for and view the following media:

Exiting MediaPortal

There are several ways to exit MediaPortal, depending on the input device you use:

What's Next?

Once you have experimented a bit and confirmed your basic setup is working you can proceed to: