So i just placed an order with amazon for this:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=AWSTL9OR9CVRW
It's a Windows 7 Vista XP remote with the IR receiver for only $13.60. This is the remote from the first post, but the caption for it on page 1 doesn't mention that it comes with an IR receiver. That's why i didn't even look at it as a solution to my URC remote problem. Assassin, you might want to add the IR info to your caption, or just use the thumbnail from amazon, which has been updated/changed since you posted it to show the IR receiver dongle in the image as well.
Also, since none of my newer PC's have serial ports, I needed a USB to serial converter to connect the MX-850 to a PC and program the codes for Windows Media Center. This is what i ordered:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...00_i01_details
Both with free 2 day shipping with Amazon Prime. Thanks for the help again Assassin.
My wife and 3 kids are loving the HTPC setup so far! Once i get my MX-850 setup with the system, i'm pretty sure i can teach my 4 year old how to turn it on and watch Tangled! Thanks a bunch for the great guides, i just have a little tweaking left and i'll be done. After that...a lot of time to spend ripping our extensive kid movie library over. Got any shortcuts or easy ways to do that?