OK, so having been frustrated with Netflix’s increasingly poor range of content, and Amazon’s refusal to acknowledge that anyone might want to use their On-Demand Video streaming service in Windows Media Center, I finally gave in and decided to write my own add-in.
A lot of my work involves rapidly learning and applying new technology products, ideas and programming languages, and while there is a lot of great free information on the Internet, I find that many times, I really need something authoritative, but wouldn’t be prepared to pay out for a full technical book on spec. This is where Safari Books Online comes into play
Having spent much time fighting with the Microsoft website and Windows Genuine Advantage to download a simple file, I thought I would document here the solution that Tech Mgr found and posted on the Microsoft Social Forums – this has finally allowed me to move forward on my work, so many thanks Tech Mgr.
First of all, the problem… While trying to download (as an example) Windows Media Center SDK for Vista, I am informed by the website that I must validate that I have a Genuine copy of Windows (It IS Genuine!). To do this, I click on continue, which downloads a file called GenuineCheck.exe, which, once run, complains loudly that this particular version is no longer supported….
…and that should be my problem how exactly?
For a while now, I have been using Parallels & Bootcamp on my Macbook Pro to run Windows 7 (primarily for development using Visual Studio). While it is a great solution overall, I have been occasionally frustrated with the poor handling of function keys on Windows virtual machines in Parallels. On my Macbook, the keys function exactly as expected – e.g. I can use F7-F9 for music control, F10-F12 for volume and other keys for brightness and Launchpad etc – however, when it comes to running Windows 7, in order to use my normal keyboard shortcuts to do things like close a window (Alt+F4), close a sub-window (Ctrl+F4), get help (F1) etc, I have had to resort to pressing these keys with the Mac fn key held down – not exactly ideal.
Lately, I stumbled upon an great solution on the Parallels forums, posted by mdrejhon3, using the excellent KeyRemap4MacBook tools written and provided for free by Takayama Fumihiko.