The following is an article I came up with after setting up my HTPC with XBMC for the 2nd time. I originally had Boxee on it and I do like Boxee — but I just don’t use the online content that much and XBMC is slightly more customization friendly. At any rate — this is what I’ve come up with. If you find it useful, have questions or comments please leave me a message in the comments below the article.
Assumptions: You have Windows 7 installed on a desktop PC.
Download & Install XBMC — http://xbmc.org/download/
Setup XBMC to see your Media
Videos> Add source> Browse> Find & Select Folder containing your Movies
– If you have additional locations click the Add button and then Browse to locate
– Repeat for as many locations as necessary
Once you have all of your Movie paths entered you can navigate down to the bottom and change the name, I recommend “Movies”.
Select a “Scraper” to retrieve movie information — For movies you will want to select (Movies) themoviedb.org.
Repeat the same steps for TV, selecting the appropriate scraper for TV.
Videos> Highlight “Movies”> Hit “C” and select the “Scan for new content”.
Wait for it to finish adding content then repeat for any other media you added, such as “TV”.
Once you have content you can now change how your Skin looks — I prefer to have “Videos” replaced by “Movies” and “TV Shows”
– Select “Hide — Videos”
– Deselect “Hide — Movies” and “Hide — TV shows”
– Show/Hide anything else you want to.
Now we’ve got our basic setup completed. If you want a simple setup that you can turn on manually and watch movies/tv you can stop here. If you want a HTPC that will power itself off at night,
turn itself on in the morning, boot straight into XBMC, and can be controlled by your phone — then the rest of this tutorial is for you.