There are a few standard bugs in WMC, that I quite understand why Microsoft hasn't just produced a simple hotfix or windows update for:
I've got some work-arounds for these. And I've employed them:
1) I have dual-monitors. So when you make WMC full-screen on the 2nd monitor, what does it do? - Your mouse is locked on the 2nd monitor. (help I cannot escape). It is clear the software was never designed for a multiple monitor system. - This is particularly annoying when your 2nd monitor is also mirrored on your HDTV.
workaround: I found software out there called 'the maxifier' http://www.mods.com.au/Maxifier/
- There are some great advantages here. Because it gives you some wonderful shortcuts from the taskbar to WMC as well as keeping the Mouse-lock issue at bay.
Drawback: - to be discussed later...
2) Mute the audio... (not all the audio!!!) - Yes when you click mute in WMC. It mutes all sounds. -
Workaround: I found a work around for this as well. I found instructions on how to set up desktop icon, to just mute WMC.
Drawback: This will not work from my mobile remote. I have to be sitting at the machine to find that icon on my desktop that I created.
3) Some might think this is related to my configuration but--- I don't believe it: When going to 'Full-Screen Mode' within WMC- I clearly lose frame-rate, and the picture gets choppy. No matter whether I'm watching a HD-Live, HD-Recorded, Regular-Recorded. Doesn't matter. - However if I take the picture out of 'full-screen' mode, and tell 'The Maxifier' to 'Fit-To-Screen'... The program runs smoothly. I also get a smooth picture when watching the same file (.wtv) in WMP or VLC. Something happens in 'Full-Screen' mode that causes WMC to behave improperly and slowly.
Workaround: Stated above... But Use 'The Maxifier' and select 'Fit-To-Screen' instead of 'Full-Screen'.
DrawBack: Unfortunately this leaves bars around the very edges of the picture. It will be particularly annoying when I get the proper connections for the route between my computer and the hdtv. I suppose the real workaround is to not use WMC at all for playback of recorded tv... but actually to use WMP, or VLC, in which I'm not seeing these issues.
Edit: Number 3--- above is not a real WMC issue: (see below posts) But here is one:
3) WMC will not prevent the windows screen saver from kicking in: If you configure windows to have a Screen saver. And your playing a video, movie through WMC. Lets say your sitting in the living room... All of sudden you'll see your Screen Saver. I'm not referring to the WMC screen saver. I'm talking about the Windows 7 bubbles... or other custom screen savers.