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Old 08-21-2012, 10:17 PM   #1  
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Default Does reinstalling Windows 7 screw up copyrighted recordings?

I think I want to reinstall my OS because of some problems. Of course I will copy the recordings to a separate HD first.

Would the reinstall render the copyprotected recordings unplayable?
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What kind of recordings are they? How were they recorded? If they are Media Center files I have heard of problems with them if recorded from cable or satellite and they are not on the same drive originally recorded to.
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They are recorde from cable wiht Media Center.
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I have no experience with those recordings. I'd check out a Windows 7 forum to find out for sure because I know I read where there was a problem if these recordings were moved. I don't know if it was just in the 7 beta or in the consumer versions, but I do know there is/was a problem.
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Interesting question. What you could try is to copy one of these files to the external HD and then try to play it. I'm not sure it is where the files are housed so much as what drive the media center is booted from. I was using an external drive on one of my media centers to store the recordings for a while with no issue, so I think it has to do with the boot drive.

Maybe when you restore the system and keep the data it would do what you want.
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Interesting question. What you could try is to copy one of these files to the external HD and then try to play it. I'm not sure it is where the files are housed so much as what drive the media center is booted from. I was using an external drive on one of my media centers to store the recordings for a while with no issue, so I think it has to do with the boot drive.

Maybe when you restore the system and keep the data it would do what you want.
I installed a new drive and copied the media center files to it and they play OK.

But the question is, if I reinstall the OS on the "original" drive, will it still work? Or does it "generate a random DRM encryption key" or whatever for every OS install?
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I installed a new drive and copied the media center files to it and they play OK.

But the question is, if I reinstall the OS on the "original" drive, will it still work? Or does it "generate a random DRM encryption key" or whatever for every OS install?
I would think if you don't reformat the drive and choose to keep your data, you should be ok, but I've never tried that.
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Did some research on the Windows 7 Miscrosoft forum. Whether you can play the recordings on another system or even on the same system with a reinstall depends on the content provider. I know that OTA recordings are not subject to DRM because I record only OTA and my files will play on any machine, but cable and satellite are controlled by DRM. So, it just depends on the provider and the DRM applied to the original content. My guess is that most movies would have DRM and wouldn't be portable.

You could do some more research and find out how to convert the files to a different format which may get rid of the DRM.
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Thanks,

I looked before for how to get rid of DRM in WMC and didn't find any.

But, yeah. There's actually a field that says if a file is DRM'ed if you select to display it as a column.
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I would think if you don't reformat the drive and choose to keep your data, you should be ok, but I've never tried that.
OK, so I reinstalled Win 7 (not upgrade) without re-formatting. Didn't work. All the "Protected" recordings wouldn't play. Just the ones that were recorded from non-encrypted channels still worked. Oh well.
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