While trying to set up my Windows Media Center to work with my new HDHomeRun Prime (Buy at Amazon), I encountered the message, “Your Computer is not Digital Cable Ready.” I knew that I had a HDCP compliant video card so I didn’t know what the deal was. After some Googling I found that I needed to install Microsoft’s Digital Cable Adviser (DCA).

You can find the DCA using the links below:

x86: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=195559

x64: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=195560

I installed the download to my Windows 7 desktop and restarted my computer (I don’t know if it’s required). Now when I open Windows Media Center and access the Extra Library, I see a new icon that looks like a coax cable. Click on the icon (it may take a second to start) and follow the on screen instructions.


  1. I am so lucky i found your post, while setting up the HDhomerun after only 10 min of searching. if I had gotten it 2 months earlier I might have been out of luck.

    Your Computer is not Digital Cable Ready. run digital cable advisor its a “formality” .

  2. Thank you very much for posting this! I have 3 machines connected to my HDHomeRunPrime without any issues… this laptop was the first to run into this issue and your post saved the day!

  3. i just got windows 7 amd this is my first time trying to use my computer to record tv shows… is there anything i need to buy like a cable that goes to the tv? or is there some sort of wireless thing i need to get or that is already installed on the computer? Thanks for any help u or anyone can give…

  4. Thanks A Lot!! This did the trick for me. I’m running an AMD based mini-pc (ZBox) and I initially thought it was a hardware issue. You saved me a lot of headaches.

  5. : pound :

    Thanks a lot….I think I cancelled RCN prematurely and switched to Comcast. Guess I should have search more first. Oh well…

  6. Saved the day, got love smart people
    Actually all was done from the media center under extra> extra library where you would install the digital cable advisor and run the test then update settings

  7. Just moved my Mediacenter to a new box and bought a shiney new Ceton InfiniTV 6 ETH. Been trying to figure this out for over half an hour now. Thanks so much Quentin!

    • Thanks a lot. As usual, nobody else other than Microsoft can do things like this, leave out an essential part of the working of a software as an addon.

  8. Thanks for the tips and the Amazon review for the product. I have been searching for a good digital cable and definitely like to check this out.