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How to install openelec on Raspberry pi with windows : 23-06-2012

How to install openelec xbmc on raspberry pi

How to install openELEC / xbmc on the Raspberry Pi with Windows.

Today was a very exciting day in the SquirrelHosting office. Not only did the postman turn up early but in his bag was a treat. A small, little soldered board of love, that's right our Raspberry Pi had arrived!

The version we had ordered had come with the 4GB SD card with Arch Linux installed. Although this worked fine, one of the main reasons for the Raspberry Pi was to set it up as a media center, mainly for music in the office. For this we really wanted xbmc installed. After browsing the net for more details we noticed there wasn't a guide for windows users on how to install openELEC xbmc onto the Raspberry Pi, thus a blog post was born!

Looking for RasPlex? See that guide here: Install Rasplex on Raspberry Pi in windows

Like our guide? Why not take a look at our guide on installing BBCiPlayer on the Raspberry Pi OpenELEC

Android on Pi? Install it now using this guide: Install Android on Raspberry Pi


Want to buy an SD card with Openelec already installed? One of our customers runs a site (Pi-Fun.com) which has more Pi resources. Click here to visit them. Please note that this is an external link and you will be leaving Squirrel Hosting. Squirrel Hosting is not affiliated with this site - we simply provide hosting for them.

Step 1 : Download all the needed files

You will need the following

A copy of SDFormatter (https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter_3/).

The binary version of win32diskimager from this location: https://launchpad.net/win32-image-writer/+download

An image of openELEC http://openelec.thestateofme.com/ (Download the latest image file at the bottom) or official images here http://resources.pichimney.com/OpenELEC/official_images/?C=M;O=D (thank's Chris for the link)

Step 2 : Format the Memory Card

First thing to do is to format the memory card. Open up the SDformatter and run the install/setup.

Install SDFormatter

Once installed, run SDformatter (start > all programs > SDFormatter). Select the drive that your Raspberry Pi memory card is inserted in, then click 'format'. Please note this will swipe your memory card so if you want to keep what's on it, we suggest using a different memory card.

Sdformatter Raspberry Pi

You will be asked to confirm the format. Click OK to continue.

Raspberry pi XBMC

Next you will be informed not to remove the memory card during format. Click OK.

Raspberry Pi XBMC

Once the format is complete, click OK and close SDformatter by clicking Exit.

Sd Formatyter Complete

Step 3 : Install openELEC to the SD Card

Open Win32 Disk Imager and click the browse button then select the openELEC img file you downloaded earlier.

Win32 Disk imager OpenELEC XBMC

Next thing to do is put the image onto the card. Make sure the drive your memory card is in is selected in the 'device' dropdown, then click the 'Write' button.

Write openELEC xbmc to sd card

You will be asked to confirm the write, click OK or Yes to continue.

Openelec Raspberry pi Confirm Write

OpenELEC XBMC will now install on your SD Card.

XBMC Raspberry Pi

Finally once the writing is complete you will see a 'Write Successful' box. Click OK to finish.

XBMC Install complete

That's it. Pop your memory card into your Raspberry Pi, hook it up to the TV and enjoy your new media center.

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