Hi all, i have just got back from my local PC world store after seeing the first retail UK XP media center equipped PC's. I'll say it now so as not to mislead anybody. What a crock of SH£" . I have been using XP media center on a mock up PC just to try it and have been very impressed with its functionality and user friendliness, as a result i will be using it on my own HTPC as a front end. However as all of you know media center is only officialy available on pre built PC's made by a selected few manufacturers as Microsoft don't want the concept being mis represented and degraded as a result of poor pc's hitting the market. A good idea? the jury is still out on that one but first impressions of the HP and Advent offerings are very poor. Stuttering on playback of video content, poor monitors supplied, cases too small to upgrade any pci cards, the list goes on. It even crashed on me in the store, something i have never experienced on my own mock up pc. To top it all of this was a clean install on the store pc so you should expect it to run flawlessly. The icing on the cake though was when the PC world salesman came to offer me assistance and asked me how i was operating it. Can you believe that the salesman didn't even know what media center edition was. Or that it came with a remote. I am still sticking to XP media center but if the first systems to hit the shops are this bad then Microsoft might as well release the software to the public and let us build them properly.