Originally Posted by blueiedgod
Then it is not an HTPC, it is just a PC connected to a TV.
Lesson: Don't use Win 8.
I agree 110%. OP said he used Win 8. So he has no choice but to use a keyboard, mouse and/or touchscreen since nobody at Microsoft gives a flying flip whether a remote works or not. C'mon, forget the 10 foot interface, elegance, logic and ease of use. Embrace the future and its ugly, awkward, illogical, useless interfaces. I'd rather sit 6 inches from my 60 inch TV and get fingerprints all over it anyway. The only thing that could make it better would be to put a $400 gaming machine in between so I can yell at my TV to change the channel, control my cable DVR with a taped on IR blaster (cutting edge 20th century technology there), and pay an extra $5/month for the privilege. What a great idea!
Sorry, I got carried away thinking about all the great alternatives we have to Win 7 WMC.