How to Set Up Netflix on Windows Media Center in Windows Vista

Windows Media Center Netflix Setup

Screenshot of Windows Media Center
Windows Media Center.

You can play Netflix movies in your web browser from any version of Windows, but Windows Vista Home Premium and Ultimate can even stream Netflix right from the desktop through Windows Media Center

When you use Windows Media Center to watch Netflix, you can view movies and TV shows on not only your computer but also your TV, if you set it up to connect to Windows Media Center. 

Note: Windows Media Center isn't supported in every version of Windows, and some versions that do have it are different than the edition included in Windows Vista. This is why you can't watch Netflix from Windows Media Center in Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, or Windows XP.

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Access Netflix via Windows Media Center

Screenshot of Windows Media Center

To start, open Windows Media Center and locate the Netflix icon.

If you don't see it, go to Tasks > Settings > General > Automatic Download Options > Download Now to get the Netflix WMC installation package.

Once you do that, restart Windows Media Center.

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Start the Netflix Installation Process

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Install Netflix.
  1. Select the Netflix icon.
  2. Click the Install button.
  3. Choose the Open Website button.
  4. Click Run to launch the Netflix Windows Media Center installer.

Note: You might see a security message from Windows. If so, just click Yes or OK and continue the process.

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Continue the Netflix Installation and Install Silverlight

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Install Netflix and Silverlight.
  1. At the "Install Netflix in Windows Media Center" screen, click Install Now to install Netflix.
  2. Click Install Now on the "Install Microsoft Silverlight" screen.
  3. Choose Next when you see the "Enable Microsoft Update" screen.
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Finish the Installation and Start Netflix

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Start Netflix.

Wait until the installation is complete.

  1. Click the Finish button on the "Restart Windows Media Center" screen.
  2. When WMC restarts, it will open the Netflix login screen. Enter your username and password, check the Remember Me box, and click Continue.
  3. Select a title you want to watch.

Note: If you haven't yet set up a Netflix account, the screen at Step 2 also gives you that opportunity, or you can go to Netflix.com through your web browser.

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Select a Movie and Play It

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Select a Movie and Watch It.

When the movie description opens you are just seconds from watching your movie:

  1. Click Play to begin the movie.
  2. At the "Netflix Sign-In Required" screen, click Yes. The movie will start playing in Windows Media Center.
  3. Adjust the WMC settings to your taste and enjoy the movie.