I assume you are talking about something like this?http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Control-Infrared-Receiver-Ultimate/dp/B00224ZDFY/ref=pd_sim_sbs_e_5
I have an old Remotewonder that I got with my ATI AIW9600pro back in the day. Its slightly better then that one because it uses RF and not IR like most remotes. This means I don't have to have the remote pointed in any direction, I can just push the button. You have to load the drivers, plug in the USB receiver, and you should be good. With the ATI RW it worked with WMP right out of the box. With a plug in I got off the net I was able to use it with VLC. If you have a HTPC I highly suggest getting something like this.