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Media Center Edition 2005 with Flac & Ogg

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Windows Media Center Edition 2005 does not provide native support for FLAC, APE or many other popular formats but by using one of the FLAC/Ogg Directshow Filters and the WMPTSE plugin you can now not only play your FLAC files in MCE 2005/2004 but they can also be added to the MCE library with support for meta data. Currently this guide works for WMP 9, 10 and 11 as well as MCE 2004 and 2005.


1. Download and Install one of the FLAC Directshow Filters. These filters allow you to play FLAC files in Windows Media Player. The most popular being the Illiminable Directshow Filter.

Illiminable Ogg Directshow Filter

Core Flac Directshow Filter

2. Download and Install WMP Tag Support Extender: This plugin allows Ape, MPC, WavPack, OptimFROG, AAC, Flac and Ogg (read only) tags to be used in Windows Media Player and added to the library in Windows Media Center Edition. Be sure to use the latest version.

WMP Tag Support Extender

3. Configure the WMPTSE Plugin: Open WMP and go to Options. Click on the Plugin-Ins Tab and then choose the Background category. Then make sure there is a check in the box for the WMPTagSupportExtender Plugin and choose Properties.

Once in the Properties you can configure how the plugin refreshes the media library as well as additional Read/Write options. There is also a Refresh Now button for refreshing your library.

4. Open MCE/WMP and add new files to your library. Better results are obtained by using Add Folders instead of Scan for Media.

5. Enjoy!

*MCE/WMP Tips*

MCE uses the tag AlbumArtist for the Album Title. To improve the viewing of your tags in MCE you'll want to add a AlbumArtist tag to your files. Both Foobar's Masstagger and MP3Tag can be used to add a tag field or you can use the Album Art Fixer utility that we recently posted about to add the AlbumArtist field.

*WMP 11 Users - WMPTSE does work with WMP 11 but you may need to register the WMPTSE .dll for it to work properly.

To register WMPTSE:
Open a command window and paste in: cd C:\Program Files\piPOol\Windows Media Player Tag Support Extender then register the dll by pasting the following text in: regsvr32 WMPTagSupportExtender.dll

WMP 11 Settings
Library > More Options then PRIVACY > Enhanced Playback and Media Experience
  • Display media information from the internet
  • Update music files by retreiving media info from the internet

LIBRARY > Library Automatic Media Information updates for files.
  • Retrieve Additional Information from the Internet
  • Rename music files using rip music settings.
  • Rearrange music in rip music folder, using rip music settings.

To delete your WMP database:
Paste the following text into the Run box and delete the databases found. You can then have WMP rescan your folders for meda files:

%userprofile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Media Player


*Thanks to EqualRightsForWerewolves for providing some of the screenshots!

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At 8:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems to allow me to play flac within MCE if I make a playlist of the files I want to play first. It doesn't recognize any of the flac material on the hard so I am unable to add files into my music under MCE... :(

At 11:33 PM, Blogger Brennan said...

The developer of the WMP Tag Support Extender has updated the plugin and added some fixes. Try downloading the nwest version and readding meda to your library. Let us know how it goes. It seems to be working for most but I have seen a few bugs here and there.

At 8:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I installed both direct show filters and the latest version of the wmp tag extender.

If I add my FLAC file folder in MCE it does not recognize any FLAC files, but once I open Windows Media Player 10, the files are THEN added to my WMP library. I then go into Media Center and bam they are there. Is there any way to actually have them added/recognized in Media Center?

At 11:25 AM, Blogger Brennan said...

The new version of WMPTSE (v. has corrected this.

At 10:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just installed the upgrade and that took care of the issues I had. Thanks!

At 8:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The update solved my problems! Great plugin!

At 11:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This si a great guide, you should put a link to it on the main page!

At 9:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

great post, found this while googling. helped me out alot.



At 9:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great guide, does this also apply to APE files?

At 4:19 AM, Blogger R.Fiction.Esq. said...

Thank You. Thank You. Thank You. Thank You.

At 8:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great guide!
I am using WMP 11. So far all my flac files are identified in the wmp library. Only seeking/fast-forward within tracks does not work.
I used the latest codecs and plugins. Anyone some suggestions?



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