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Discussion in 'Microsoft Windows' started by mmabuddy, Mar 23, 2006.

  1. mmabuddy

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    Hi,been thinking of getting MCE,and was wondering when you minimize the media edtion,and then 'XP' is your desktop,can you watch mpg's,avi's etc like you would normally on a pc? Can you still burn dvd's like you normally do?

    Sorry for the stupid questions,just want to make sure i know what i'm getting myself into,thanks.
     
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    MCE is XP with MCE added basically
     
  4. nigelbb

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    Minus a little functionality too e.g. joining a domain
     
  5. Valo^

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    Which can be restored, if needed:)
     
  6. mmabuddy

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    Thanks for the replies,Glad to hear you can still watch mpg's etc,I read alot of posts on here saying they couldn't open a avi etc from the media centre,and it wouldn't boot up dvdr's,but as long as you can all that with the 'xp' then thats great,the media centre can just be used for recording tv.

    Thanks again.
     
  7. nigelbb

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    Only at the expense of removing support for Media Center Extenders.
     
  8. HMHB

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    So, if I may ask just one more silly question here if the original poster will excuse me butting in on his thread !
    Can you do everything software-wise (games etc) that you can do on normal XP Home then ? My mate is looking to buy a new PC and asked if there were any limitations if he went for Media Centre. I had to admit that I didn't know !
     
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    Apart from the domain thing to most 'normal' people (No offence to anyone intended) the XP type screen in MCE 2005 will seem like a 'normal' computer screen and will allow you to surf, play games, create spreadsheets etc (assuming you've the relevant software).
     
  10. WheresMyArtisan

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    I've heard some on various forums claim that it's a bit slower than XP for games, but I'd be inclined to take this with lashings of salt.

    Obviously it will be slower if it's recording Coronation Street while you're killing aliens, but otherwise I doubt it. There are one or three background processes in addition to the Media Center app but they don't do very much, unless it's downloading an updated guide or something (every night, in the small hours).
     

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