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#1 TheYoda

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Posted 28 March 2007 - 02:22 PM

I'm running XP Pro SP2 on another computer of mine and it's my entertainment computer, I was wondering if the upgrade to Media Center edition would be worth it. I have a new TV-Tuner card that's compatable with it, WMP11, and other things, I was wondering if the upgrade to Media Center make anything easier for me or better in terms of entertainment.

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Posted 28 March 2007 - 03:57 PM

If it was me I would stick with the Pro. I ran media edition and really don't see nothing Pro can't do.
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Posted 28 March 2007 - 04:01 PM

Alright, thanks. I'll stick with what I have :thumbsup:

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Posted 28 March 2007 - 11:10 PM

Windows XP Media Center Edition is distinguished from other editions of Windows XP by an exclusive preinstalled application, Media Center, which provides a large-font ("10-foot"), remotely accessible interface for TV viewing on the computer as well as recording and playback, DVD playback, video playback, photo viewing, and music playback. The last version also includes a number of other features not included in other editions of Windows XP, such as the Royale (Energy Blue) theme.

Although Windows XP Media Center Edition is based on Windows XP Professional, Microsoft has disabled its ability to join an Active Directory domain post install in the last version. This effectively precludes its use in a corporate environment. Media Center still retains most other Windows XP Professional-specific features, such as Remote Desktop and the Encrypting File System.

Due to strict hardware requirements, Microsoft has opted not to supply Media Center as an independent retail version. Microsoft only distributes it to MSDN subscribers and OEM System Builders in certain countries. Consumers generally purchase Media Center preinstalled on a new computer, or from a reseller that sells OEM versions of Microsoft software.


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Posted 29 March 2007 - 05:10 AM

There are free programs that can be used in place of Media Center on any PC. One probably came bundled with the TV card. If not, you can probably get it from the manufacturers (of the TV card) web site.
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Posted 29 March 2007 - 01:57 PM

Nero has a Media Center Option.
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Posted 29 March 2007 - 02:33 PM

Animal - Than I'm deffinatley sticking to XP Pro because I have all my computers networked and it is in a corprate environment...sort of.
usasma - Yeah, that's what I'm using.
10344 - What do you mean?

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Posted 29 March 2007 - 02:56 PM

If you need to connect to a domain controller you definitely want to stick with XP Pro. If not, MCE has most all of the features that Pro does aside from domain membership, it has media center as well as a better looking skin. Not a bad way to go.
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Posted 31 March 2007 - 02:57 PM

Animal - Than I'm deffinatley sticking to XP Pro because I have all my computers networked and it is in a corprate environment...sort of.
usasma - Yeah, that's what I'm using.
10344 - What do you mean?


Nero 7 ultra edition has a program called "Nero Home" which has the basic functions that media center has.
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Posted 31 March 2007 - 11:12 PM


Animal - Than I'm deffinatley sticking to XP Pro because I have all my computers networked and it is in a corprate environment...sort of.
usasma - Yeah, that's what I'm using.
10344 - What do you mean?


Nero 7 ultra edition has a program called "Nero Home" which has the basic functions that media center has.


Oh, ok, wasn't sure what you meant :thumbsup:

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Posted 31 March 2007 - 11:43 PM

Stick with what you have... media center is horrid!

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Posted 01 April 2007 - 09:46 AM

I'll take your word for it, lol.

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Posted 01 April 2007 - 07:09 PM

Stick with what you have... media center is horrid!


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