How to get MCE Remote to work with XP Home
I had a spare MCE Remote from a PC we had at work - so I took it for my car. Well, I searched everywhere for drivers and found nothing. Finally I found this bit of info, thought it might be useful to somebody at some point.
This is how I got my MCE remote to work on XP Home (without any Media Center)
1. Obtain a copy of the irbus.sys, irbus.inf, and irbus.pnf files from a Windows XP Pro SP1/SP2 install.
2. Copy irbus.sys to c:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers and c:\WINDOWS\Driver Cache\i386
3. Copy irbus.inf and irbus.pnf to c:\WINDOWS\inf
5. Plug in your remote IR receiver sensor (do not plug it in before this).
It works in some apps out of the box(just a few buttons - volume, mute, play etc), but you need Girder to get all to buttons to do what you want (FF, pause, etc).
If you get Girder, you need to download the MCE Remote plugin and the HID Plugin.