Computer Software, Free Video Editors, OpenShot, Windows Media Center

How do I convert a Video?

Do you find videos you’ve created on another device won’t work when you transfer them to you Windows machine?

There’s an easy answer:


A Handy Audio/Video Converter for Ubuntu

Not got Ubuntu Yet?  You don’t know what you are missing!   This stuff’s  all free.  Follow the procedure for installing it either on Virtual Box, or on WUBI, then follow the method below.

The procedure for installing Winff is Accessories>Terminal:

 sudo add-apt-repository ppa:paul-climbing/ppa
 sudo apt-get update
 sudo apt-get install winff

In the winff program under “convert to” select WMV, and it couldn’t be easier.
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A Handy Audio/Video Converter for Ubuntu

Works for 10.10, 11.10. Tried it.

Windows Media Center, Windows Vista

Windows Vista Blog

Windows Media Center does not work.

Resolution: re-install Windows Vista from scratch.

Why is this necessary?

Windows Vista has security on it which prevents you from removing “dll” files which have messed it up.

Method: use the manufacturers “reset to factory settings ” disk and then use Windows update.

a) If your machine did not come with Windows Vista Service Pack 1, you can download this off Microsoft’s web site, burn it to a CD and install it that way, which saves some time.

b) You can use “Gizmo” to burn the CD, if you have no other program for converting the “iso” to a real disk.

c) One you have reset your machine to its “factory settings”, you use “Backup and Restore” in control panel, to create a “Restore point” for your “C” drive. If you have a “D” drive as a second partition, you should create a restore point for this at the same time.

d) Some installers created for use with Windows XP etc., place “dll” files on your Vista “C” drive which mess up Media Center and prevent it from working. So, always make sure you have a “restore” point you can go back to!


Operating Systems such as Windows Vista and Linux are modelled on the UNIX operating system. This uses the idea of a “root” which ordinary users do not have access to.  Although you can gain access to to the “root”, it is more trouble than it is worth, so that’s where the “re-install” is the easiest way…