Booting in Vista Media Center?

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  1. bobalog

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    Lots of people in various things i've read have mentioned "this great new feature built in to Vista" which is being able to basically run media center (well, play mp3s videos etc) without starting up the whole OS. I've seen on the new sony Vaio's there's a button specifically for doing this.

    How can you do it on a pc without this button?

    THere must be a way, otherwise it's a fairly pointless feature if it's hardware dependant.

    Thanks...
     
  2. Aaron9

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    You could use a program called vLite to strip Vista down to it's very core components, then just set MC to boot up when the system is started.

    If not, why not just set it to run MC at startup? There's plenty of ways to do it.
     
  3. bobalog

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    I wanted to avoid having to start up vista as it takes time, and when you just want to listen to music or watch a video, it's a bit of a pain.

    I'll look into vlite. Thanks,
     
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    Can't remember the last time i switched my Vista PC or Vista laptop off.

    Vista power saving modes are much more efficioent than those in XP.

    My laptop wakes from "Sleep" in less than a second.
     
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    Hi bobalog,

    Can you post a link to where you read this?

    I'm aware of a number of systems that have a small Linux partition that "rapid boots" to provide access to features like e-mail, web-browsing and even basic multi-media services but I've not heard of a solution to run VMC.

    Thanks,

    Wo0zy
     
  6. bobalog

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    I've just read it on general things. Nowhere specific. However, the new Sony CR range of laptops have this "with exclusive multimedia buttons, you can enjoy music or videos without even turning your computer on! " from the sony vaio website.

    I've also seen it on other manufacturers laptops, I think Asus had one with a small sceen on the outside of the laptop, to use these features.

    I've never seen it specifically say media center. But it says, videos, email, music etc. Without the need to (slowly) boot up the OS.
     
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    The laptop probably is in sleep which is why it can start things like MC etc.. so quickly. Just put your pc in sleep it takes less than 3seconds to start from sleep
     
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    Isn't that 'Vista Sideshow' where there is a secondary display that allows you to access music, email etc. without booting the system?
     

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