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Hauppauge WinTV v7 + Windows 10

This brief article will help you get Hauppauge WinTV7 TV application running under Microsoft's latest operating system, Windows 10 - if you get a black screen with 'no picture'.

The Hauppauge website suggests that an upgrade to WinTV8 is needed for Windows 10 and this is chargeable ($9.95), for users who have older installation CD's for early digital TV compatible PVR's and PCI cards.

WinTV v7 working with Windows 10

Fortunately, it's actually pretty easy to get WinTV v7 working with Windows 10. Just keep the WinTV application in-situ on the PC (I.E. don't de-install it) and then carry out the free Win10 upgrade. This usually takes about one hour.

When initially starting the application under Windows 10, you'll probably find that the interface loads fine and their is sound, but no picture - just a black screen. Interestingly, recordings made from WinTV v7 will play in VideoLan's excelllent media player - VLC, with full video, so it is pretty clear that things are nearly working.

In fact, all you need to do to fix the black screen, is to locate the WinTV v7 executable on your hard drive and set it to run in Windows 7 compatibility mode. The application is normally found at C:/Program Files/WinTV/WinTV7 and is called "WinTV7.exe" - see the dark grey highlighted file below.

Simply right mouse click on this WinTV7 application file and then click the "Compatibility" tab in Windows 10 and check the "Run this program in compatibility mode for: Windows 7".

This is a nice fallback option that Microsoft have built into their new operating system, to allow older software to retain interoperability. See below:

How to run WinTV v7 in compatibility mode (Windows 10)
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