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I recently tried to burn a video DVD on my Media Center 2005 system. I tried to fit 2 hours of recorded TV content on the DVD, and Media Center told me it would need to compress the content in order to fit it on the DVD. I pressed OK and left my Media Center going overnight to burn the DVD for me. Then, when I came back in the morning I found an error message stating that my system was out of disk space. I have my system configured with a 10 gigabyte C drive where I installed the Media Center OS and and then a 200+ gigabyte D drive where I store my music, photos and recorded TV.
After some further investigation, I found that the Sonic DVD burning software that is included with Media Center uses the default temporary folder (%temp%) when it transcodes recorded TV to compress it for burning to a video DVD. In my case, I only have about 2-3 gigabytes free on my C drive, but I have 150+ gigabytes free on my D drive. I found that I was able to change the default temporary folder location that Windows uses in order to allow my Media Center to use the D drive for temporary storage and correctly burn my video DVD.
Here are the steps I used to change the default temporary folder location and fix the Media Center video DVD burning issue I was running into:
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You are awesome,altough I used it for other purposes than the ones mentioned in the article,it worked even without a system restart.
i googled for "how to change temp folder" and this the only good result i got :) nice work mate
thank you!!! i used it for photoshop, it creates enormous temp files... but even i (=a girl who knows nothing about informatics) could change the path with this tutorial! :)
Thank u for making an awesome tutorial i was running out of free space and had 350+ on my D hard disk thank u again. :D
Im sorry but i must be missing something , I see %system root%\temp and the other file but what do i change them to ? I click edit and the %userprofile%/local settingd\ temp pop up am i looking at the right thing , and how to change it ??
I am encountering the same problem with Windows Media Player. I have ample space on D: drive, but C: drive is almost kaput. Unfortunately, the WMP Temp CD Burn folder is not appearing in the Variables window. I see every other temp folder but that one. Regardless, how does changing the name of the path equate to changing the drive from C: to D:, which apparently cannot be done!?
Hi Darrin - The temp path in Windows will default to the system drive (usually C). So if you change the temp drive to a path on another drive letter, that can help solve out of disk space issues with the system drive.
The information in this blog post is applicable to Windows Media Center, not Windows Media Player though. I'm not sure how to change the temp path used by Windows Media Player. You can find support information for Windows Media Player at support.microsoft.com/.../7763.