Support: WinTV-HVR-2205, WinTV-HVR-2200 and WinTV-HVR-2215

Latest WinTV v8 application

Note: If you have run HCWCLEAR, you must reboot your PC and leave the WinTV-HVR-55xx installed. After a reboot you will see the Found New Hardware Wizard installation message. Hit Cancel then continue below.

Note: to use the WinTV-HVR-22xx with the Windows Media Center application (DVB-T only), click the Windows Media Center install tab above.

Installation notes:

A valid WinTV v8 or WinTV v7 application CD-ROM or a WinTV v8 installation code will be needed to install this WinTV v8 version. If you do not have your original WinTV CD-ROM but would like to update to WinTV v8, you can purchase a new WinTV v8 CD on the Hauppauge webstore for $9.95. This can then be used to activate WinTV v8.

If you have a WinTV v8 or WinTV v7.2 CD-ROM with Extend, the latest version of WinTV v8 with Extend will also be installed.

WinTV v8 application and TV tuner driver download package

WinTV v8 installer
WinTV v8 installer version 35005 For Windows 8, 7, and Windows 10

File name: wintv8setup_35005.exe
File size: 200 MB
Date: 1/5/2017

This download is a complete installation package, including drivers for supported WinTV products plus the WinTV v8 application and utilities.

To install the WinTV v8 application

  • Download the WinTV v8 installer to your PC. After downloading this file, it's normally saved in the Download directory on your PC
  • Insert your original valid WinTV v8 or WinTV v7 CD in your CD-ROM drive or have available your WinTV serial key
  • Run wintv8setup from the Download directory on your PC
  • At Activation required, click Check WinTV v7 CD if you have a WinTV v8 or v7 CD or clickEnter Serial Number if you have a WinTV serial key

This will complete the driver and application installation for your WinTV.

To install WinTV v8 on a PC or laptop without a CD-ROM drive

If your PC or laptop does not have a CD-ROM drive, do the following:

  • At the conclusion of the installation a dialog box will pop up saying "Activation required"
  • Click Enter Product Code
  • You will find the Product code on your WinTV v7 Installation CD
  • Enter the Product code including dashes and dots

To find your Product Code

Look at the following guide for finding your product code

Release notes

  • Minimum window size is now smaller.
  • ATSC recordings in North America now show Now/Next program information.
  • Now showing the recording details and allowing editing of start/finish time, when scheduling from the TV Guide.
  • Added a text search field on the Favorites screen.
  • Now works with the PCTV 292e for DVB-T2/T/C television
  • Now for the WinTV-dualHD and WinTV-soloHD
  • Fixed bug with "open scheduler only" window not scheduling correctly.

Windows driver

The WinTV-HVR-22xx Windows driver can be used with all versions of Windows Media Center and other third party TV applications

Download WinTV-HVR-22xx driver version 33006

Name: Driver89_7_9_1_33006.exe
Size: 9.9 MB
Updated: 1/5/2015

To install the latest Windows driver only:

Leave your WinTV-HVR plugged into your PC. Follow the following steps:

  • Download the WinTV-HVR-2200 Windows driver above.
  • Double click the downloaded driver. This will install the WinTV-HVR-22xx Windows driver.
  • At the completion of the driver install, you should see a message which says Drivers have been updated successfully.
  • At this point, the Windows driver will be installed.

Windows Media Center

All WinTV-HVR-22xx boards are designed for Windows 8, 7, Visa and WindowsXP. They can also be used with Windows Media Center or Hauppauge’s WinTV v7 application.

If you are running the Windows Media Center application, you only need to install the WinTV-HVR Windows device driver. You do not need to install the Hauppauge WinTV v7 application.

If you are using Windows Media Center and want to use the on-board Media Center compatible receiver transmitter, you also need to run the Hauppauge CIR config tool and select Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2215. In the WinTV-HVR-22xx manual, see the section entitled “Configuring the IR Blaster”.

Accessory software for the WinTV-HVR-22xx

WinTV Digital Signal Strength Indicator

Signal Strength Indicator version 32308

The WinTV Digital Signal Strength indicator displays information about the quality of the digital TV channel you are watching. This application is used with the WinTV v6 and WinTV v7 applications.

Click here for instructions on using this application.

IR Remote control version 30339

Remote control applet. After you run this applet, an icon will appear in your Windows device tray showing that the Hauppauge remote control is active..

Name: 2_68_30339_IR32.exe
Size: 443KB
Updated: Oct, 7, 2010


WinTV-Scheduler update for WinTV version 6

TV Scheduler version 25_26071.exe


This TV program scheduler for WinTV version 6 allows 'background recording' on dual tuner WinTV products.

Name: sched25_26071.exe
Size: 3.8 MB
Updated: March 11, 2008

Beta versions

None at this time.

3rd Party Applications

NextPVR

Is a free Personal Video Recorder (PVR) and Media Centre application for Microsoft Windows.

WinTV-HVR-22xx Manuals and documentation

WinTV-HVR-22xx QuickInstall Guide

WinTV v7 users manual

Frequently Asked Questions

What Operating Systems are supported by the WinTV-HVR-950Q?

  • Microsoft® Windows® 8 and 7, Windows Vista, either 32-bit or 64-bit versions
  • Windows XP, Windows XP Pro or Windows XP Media Center Edition, with Service Pack 2 ( or greater.)

System Requirements

  • Minimum processor recommended:
    • 2.2 GHz P4 or 1.8 GHz Centrino or equivalent (minimum).
    • 2.8 GHz processor for analog TV recording with MPEG-2 (minimum).
  • Graphics display adapter with 64MB of memory (minimum).
  • Sound card or system.
  • USB 2.0 port (will not work with USB 1.1).
  • CD-ROM drive (for Software installation).

Can I use the WinTV-HVR-930C with Media Center?

Yes, the WinTV-HVR-930C can be used with Windows Media Center in Windows 7, Vista and with Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005.

To use the WinTV-HVR-930C with Windows Media Center, download and install the Windows Media Center driver installation package, which will install the WinTV-HVR-930C Windows driver and the Hauppauge MCE Soft Encoder.

Note: Under Windows 7, the Hauppauge MCE Soft Encoder is pre-installed as part of Windows 7. Therefore, you can kip the installation of the MCE Soft Encoder and simply install the WinTV-HVR-930C Windows driver.

Note: under Windows Media Center, you will only be able to configure WinTV-HVR-930C as either an Digital tuner or an Analog tuner. You will not be able to switch between Digital and Analog channels.

What type of channels will I receive with the WinTV-HVR-950Q?

NTSC Analog CableTV or over-the-air analog TV: You can use your cable TV from the wall to connect to the WinTV-HVR-930C and receive all of your basic Cable TV channels. You can also use a roof top antenna to receive "over-the-air" TV.

Note: After June 2009, most areas in the United States no longer broadcast over-the-air analog signals.

ATSC over-the-air digital TV: Supports all ATSC formats, up to the high definition 1080i format!
Note: For ATSC digital TV, a rooftop/out door antenna is recommended for optimal results/signal strength.

ClearQAM cable TV Channels: Clear QAM digital cable TV channels are unencrypted digital cable TV channels. Clear QAM allows users to watch unencrypted digital TV channels from their cable TV provider without a set-top box.
Note: WinTV v7, WinTV v6, Microsoft Windows 7 or Windows TV Pack 2008 for Vista are required for clear QAM reception
Note: Check your local cable TV provider for clear QAM reception over your cable TV network.

Can I get HD with the WinTV-HVR-930C through my Cable or Satellite box?

No. The WinTV-HVR-930C has an ATSC over-the-air digital TV tuner built-in and supports all ATSC formats, up to the high definition 1080i format . The WinTV-HVR-930C will support ATSC broadcasts that are currently being transmitted over-the-air. It will not be able to decode HD broadcasts that come through your cable or satellite box. The HVR 950Q also will support clear QAM cable TV channels through your direct cable TV line if available from your cable TV provider.

What type of recordings can I make with the WinTV-HVR-950Q?

Using the WinTV 7 application the WinTV-HVR-950Q, will record in a transport stream (TS)
For ATSC and Clear QAM digital TV recordings, the recording format and bit rate is exactly the same as the broadcast format (i.e. ATSC 1080i is recorded at 1080i).
For NTSC analog cable TV recordings, our SoftPVR is used to create Transport Stream files (TS)

Note: TS files can be converted to MPEG files using options in the WinTV 7 configuration menu.

Note: The WinTV 6 application recording are in MPEG format for both digital and analog.

Note: Not all recordings made with ATSC/QAM signals are DVD compliant.

Can I record one show while watching another with the WinTV-HVR-950Q?

No. The WinTV-HVR-930C will only be able to record the program that is being viewed using the supplied software.

You will not be able to watch a digital channel and record an analog channel simultaneously or vice versa due to the fact there is only a single tuner on the WinTV-HVR-950Q.

Black video window or choppy video when watching a digital TV channel

If you are watching a digital TV channel and you see choppy video, no audio or a black screen, then it is possible your PC is not fast enough to decode and play the digital TV channel you are watching. Please verify that your system meets the minimum requirements for using the HVR-950Q

Digital TV, especially ATSC high definition digital TV, is very CPU intensive. Many graphics cards have special built-in hardware to speed up decoding of high definition TV channels.

On graphics cards without special video decoding features, you can often improve the playback performance by using the Video Renderer settings located in the settings menu of WinTV 7. To open the setting menu click on the “gear” button located in the lower left of the WinTV 7 screen.

The default mode is EVR. The other modes are VMR9, VMR7 and Overlay. Each mode uses a different process to render video. Try each mode and use the one which gives you the best results. To use hardware acceleration put a check in the box “use hardware acceleration when possible. This will allow your graphics system to use hardware acceleration for video decode. Note: graphics hardware acceleration does not work on all systems. After making a change in video rendering settings Wintv must be restarted to take effect.

If you are using WinTV 6 then the render options are part of a separate program called Primary.  Changes in the Primary applet must be made with the WinTV application closed.  Open the Primary program by going to Start – All Programs – Hauppauge WinTV – Primary.  After making changes close the Primary applet and open the WinTV application.

How do I enable my remote control so it will work with the WinTV-HVR-950Q?

The IR software should be installed by default. To check look for a small remote control icon in the Windows task bar on the lower right. IF it is not present you can reinstall Wintv from the installation CDROM or download IR32.EXE from our support web site. The remote control must also have “line of sight” with the HVR-950Q.  The IR receiver of the HVR-950Q is the round bulb on the side of the unit.

I receive a "Low bit rate" error message when using Windows Media Center in Windows 7.

Microsoft has released Windows Media Center patches for the "Low bit rate" error message.
Click to view the information from Microsoft.

WinTV application locks or stops responding during analog scan under Windows 7.

In order to fix this issue, please check that your Power Options setting is not set to ‘Power Saver’. Please change it to ‘Balance’ or ‘High Performance’.

To change these settings on Windows 7, please do the following.

Click on Start and then Control Panel.

If Control Panel is set to View by: Category then click on ‘System and Security’ and then ‘Power Options’.

If Control Panel is set to View by: Large or Small icons then click on ‘Power Options’.

If you do not see Balanced or High Performance please click on the option for ‘Show additional plans’.

Once you make the change please restart your system. When the system restarts please rescan again for channels.

What file size will the recorded videos be?

Digital Broadcasts (ATSC or QAM)

The file size of a digital signal capture depends on the bitrate of the digital signal.  The bitrate is set by the broadcaster and cannot be user configured.  Bitrates for digital signals can range anywhere from about 1.2 Mbits/sec up to 19.3 Mbits/sec.  Most of the time these bitrates are variable and not constant.  Capture sizes for ATSC & QAM recordings are approximately 1.7 Gigabytes per hour up to 8.3 Gigabytes per hour.

Analog Broadcast.

The WinTV application has to convert analog signals to digital in order to record. There are four recording profiles. The following list shows recording file sizes for burning to 4.3Gb DVD:

Best - Approx 1 Hour+
Better - Approx 1 1/2 Hours
Good - Approx 2 Hours
Fair - Approx 3 Hours

WinTV v7 does not open or opens and then disappears?

This can be caused by a corrupt Channel database so you will need to uninstall and reinstall.  First you need to go to start, all programs, Hauppauge Wintv and in that folder run
“uninstall Wintv7” (or remove Wintv7 using control panel "add/remove programs) then you need to remove the backup channel database.

Windows Vista, 7 and 8 go to C:\program data ( this folder is a hidden folder so if you do not see it you need to “show hidden folders “ in your search
Options)  once you can get to this folder you will see a folder label “Hauppauge”  delete this folder.

Windows XP go to C:\documents and settings\all users\shared documents\application data ( this folder is a hidden folder so if you do not see it you need to “show hidden folders “ in your search Options)  once you can get to this folder you will see a folder label “Hauppauge”  delete this folder.

Then download the latest version of Wintv7 located in the support section of the website and reinstall (note: you must have your original CD to validate the download.)

Windows cannot verify the digital signature for the drivers required for this device error code 52?

This appears to be a bug in windows 64 bit OS. Our drivers are signed.

"Windows cannot verify the digital signature for the drivers required for this device. A recent hardware or software change might have installed a file that is signed incorrectly or damaged, or that might be malicious software from an unknown source. (Code 52)"

The following is probably the easiest fix to Error Code 52 on Windows 7 or Windows 8 64bit.

In device manager right click the Hauppauge product under Sound Video and Game Controllers with the exclamation mark and select Uninstall. If you have a USB product you might multiple listings, please right click the first one on the list.

For this example we will use the HVR-950Q.

On the Confirm window please check the box for "Delete the driver software for this device" and click OK.

Repeat the uninstall for the other two 950Q entries. (note you won't be asked to 'confirm device uninstall' again).

Once the drivers are gone on right click on "Sound, Video Game Controllers" and "Scan for Hardware Changes".

Windows should now look online automatically for the 950Q drivers.

Take a look after a few minutes if the drivers are installed automatically properly under Sound Video and Game Controllers.

If they still come back as "unsigned" try the procedure again.

Remote control buttons

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downloadDownload Prodinfo

Prodinfo.exe is a program you can run which will extract information about the WinTV product you have installed such as model and serial number, MAC address, revision, and features which can be used to identify the exact model of your product. The driver for the device must be installed in order to run Prodinfo.exe

downloadDownload HCW Clear

HCWCLEAR.exe is a program you run to remove all driver and files that were installed with the installation of the Wintv program.

Making connections to your WinTV

Here is a chart which shows some of the things you need to know about each type of connnection.

Antenna

Cable or satellite TV set top box

Cable TV wire from the wall

RF output

A/V output

 
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Which type of TV can this connection be used with?
Over-the-air TV Cable or satellite TV box Cable or satellite TV box Cable TV
What format do I select when scanning for channels in WinTV?
Digital ATSC Analog TV External inputs (S-Video or Composite video) Digital QAM plus
Analog TV
What remote control do I use to change channels?
WinTV remote control Remote control from your set top box Remote control from your
set top box
WinTV remote control
Notes

You can use a roof top antenna for best reception.

Most set top boxes allow you to switch to Channel 3 or 4. When you scan with WinTV, it will pick up the TV signal on the correct channel.

Some satellite receivers use channels 60, 70 or 73. But when you scan for Analog TV channels, WinTV will pick up whatever channel is being used by your set top box.

Most set top boxes have A/V connections on the back, which can go into the WinTV's A/V input.

Some cable TV networks transmit analog TV channels, so we recommend scanning for both Clear QAM and analog TV.

Not all cable TV networks transmit clear QAM. Check with your local cable TV operator for the availability of clear QAM in your area.

WinTV v7 Error messages

First time installation of WinTV v7 or during a reinstallation: “WinTV board not found” or “No TV tuner available”

Step 1: Check the status of your Hauppauge TV tuner drivers in Windows Device Manager
  • Click Windows Start, click on Control Panel and click on Device Manager
  • In Device Manager, click on Sound, video game Controllers
  • You should see your Hauppauge product
Step 2: If the Hauppauge device has a yellow exclamation mark

Click on the Hauppauge device to open it. If you see the following:
"Windows cannot verify the digital signature for the drivers required for this device. A recent hardware or software change might have installed a file that is signed incorrectly or damaged, or that might be malicious software from an unknown source. (Code 52)"
This appears to be a bug in Windows 64 bit OS since the Hauppauge Windows drivers are signed.

The following is the easiest fix to Error Code 52 on Windows 7 or Windows 8 64bit.

  • In Device Manager, right click the Hauppauge product under Sound Video and Game Controllers with the exclamation mark and select Uninstall. If you have a USB product you might see multiple listings, please right click the first one on the list. (For this example we will use the WinTV-HVR-950Q. )
  • On the Confirm window please check the box for “Delete the driver software for this device” and click OK
  • Repeat the uninstall for the other two WinTV-HVR-950Q entries. (note you won’t be asked to ‘confirm device uninstall’ again)
  • Once the drivers are removed, right click on Sound, Video, Game controllers and click Scan for Hardware Changes
  • Windows should now look online automatically for the 950Q drivers
  • Take a look after a few minutes if the drivers are installed automatically properly under Sound Video and Game Controllers.
  • If they still come back as “unsigned” try the procedure again

Errors when running WinTV 7: “TVserver cannot Start” or “.NET framework" errors

This can be caused by a corrupt WinTV v7 Channel Database. You will need to uninstall and reinstall the WinTV v7 application and the Channel database to fix this.

To uninstall WinTV v7, click Windows Start, click on All Programs, click on Hauppauge WinTV run Uninstall Wintv7. You can also or remove Wintv7 using control panel "add/remove programs".

Then you need to remove the backup Channel database:

  • Windows Vista, 7 and 8: Go to C:\program data ( this folder is a hidden folder so if you do not see it you need to “show hidden folders “ in your search Options) once you can get to this folder you will see a folder label “Hauppauge”. Delete this folder.
  • Windows XP: Go to C:\documents and settings\all users\shared documents\application data ( this folder is a hidden folder so if you do not see it you need to “show hidden folders “ in your search Options) once you can get to this folder you will see a folder label “Hauppauge” delete this folder. Then download the latest version of Wintv7 located in the support section of the website and reinstall (note: you must have your original CD to validate the download.)

Settings.xml file is corrupt or missing”

Uninstall WinTV v7 using control panel Add/remove programs under Programs and Features and then reinstall WinTV 7

Linux for the WinTV-HVR-2205 and WinTV-HVR-2200

Linux for the WinTV-HVR-2205 and WinTV-HVR-2255 (North America model)

For the Linux driver, please send an e-mail message to: davidz@hauppauge.com

Linux for the WinTV-HVR-2200

Available through LinuxTV.org