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#1 Sandy K

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Posted 19 August 2006 - 10:40 PM

I'm looking to install Windows MCE on a computer I plan to build. When I look at CD/DVD drives, they only say Operating systems supported: Windows XP/ME/2000. Does Windows XP include Media Center Edition?

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#2 LaZyFLiP07

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Posted 19 August 2006 - 10:51 PM

Yup.

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Posted 19 August 2006 - 10:59 PM

Great, Thanks!

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Posted 20 August 2006 - 06:19 AM

Media center edition is a variation of XP Home, but make sure you have a motherboard and the proper peripherals that can support it.

It will usually require specific video cards with various in and out sources which standard cards do not have, and the same for sound.

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Posted 20 August 2006 - 09:12 AM

Recently I've found that MCE is turning out to be cheaper (on OEM systems) than XPHome. If that's the case with you - go for it.

If XPHome is cheaper, go for it - as the tools in the Media Center Edition can be easily replaced by freeware apps that will do a better job of playing your media.
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Posted 21 August 2006 - 11:17 AM

Same person as Sandy K but new name


Windows XP Home is $90 w/plus is $107

Media Center Edition is $110. However, there are two versions. one is "w/update rollup release 2" and just "SP2B"

What is the difference between the two MCE's?

Is MCE worth $20 more?

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Posted 21 August 2006 - 11:24 AM

I would suggest the one with the latest release date - means less you will have to download as far as updates go.

I think MCE also comes with and without remote controls.

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Posted 22 August 2006 - 07:23 AM

I suspect (but am not certain) that the SP2B is someone's way of trying to say that the update rollup has been included in the package.

I'd go with the XP Home. There are freeware applications that will do the same thing as MCE - and they're free! So, save the $20 and post your requirements here so we can recommend some nice freeware for you.

FWIW - I recommend the freeware program Audacity for most of your audio needs.

Finally, I'm not a fan of MCE because it seems (to me) to be a kludge of XPHome, XPPro, and other media related apps. MCE is supposedly XPHome with media center functionality added. But, there's bits of XPPro code that has been known to cause problems within it when trying to run SFC.EXE (mostly with Dell's).
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Posted 23 August 2006 - 11:43 AM

Oops. I just purchased last night.

Guess I should have checked back first.




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