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    anyone got one of these, either prebuilt or self-built? What are they like to use? for anyone who's made one, what hardware are you using?
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    Is windows media center edition a version of xp?
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    (Original post by moncal)
    Is windows media center edition a version of xp?
    It is I think, but I don't know if you can easily get hold of it to put it on self-build machines.

    But with the internet, anything's possible
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    (Original post by thefish_uk)
    It is I think, but I don't know if you can easily get hold of it to put it on self-build machines.

    But with the internet, anything's possible
    yeah, its only meant for OEMs (ie built PCs), but....
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    TechTv had a site that you could download it for about $40 but I'm not sure that was exactly legal.
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    (Original post by moncal)
    TechTv had a site that you could download it for about $40 but I'm not sure that was exactly legal.
    Why pay to download something illegal when its easy enough to download it for free?
    Try bittorrent/emule
    Although iirc you cant always download the latest version... there used to be only a beta available but i think you can get a newer one now...
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    yeah, tbh im not too concerned with the software; there is loads of free stuff even if i cant find media centre. ATM i'm more concerned with finding what sort of spec system i need for it to be any good.
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    (Original post by Dickie)
    yeah, tbh im not too concerned with the software; there is loads of free stuff even if i cant find media centre. ATM i'm more concerned with finding what sort of spec system i need for it to be any good.
    that entirely depends upon your needs... ie. if you need HDTV playback; if you want to use it as a PVR and then want to convert video to xvid/divx to save space (you might be able to get a hardware xvid/divx encoder that can directly record to xvid/avi); and im sure there are other factors that i am not aware of...
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    You can't buy XP Media Edition legally anywhere - since Microsoft decreed (for some bizarre reason) that only those that buy new pcs will get it.

    You can adapt XP Pro pretty easily anyway : you need a TV tuner card and there's plenty of TV channel software around (monthly fee though)
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    (Original post by Mighty)
    You can't buy XP Media Edition legally anywhere - since Microsoft decreed (for some bizarre reason) that only those that buy new pcs will get it.

    You can adapt XP Pro pretty easily anyway : you need a TV tuner card and there's plenty of TV channel software around (monthly fee though)
    you can find free listings software as well
 
 
 
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