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XP Home or MCE 2005?

Discussion in 'Microsoft Windows' started by Triggaaar, Apr 27, 2005.

  1. Triggaaar

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    I assume for HTPCs MCE is the much better choice.

    The PC I'm building is not specifically for HTPC. The only HT tasks it will do is copy the sky+ disk once full and play back, or edit the programs and then record to DVD. I don't really need it to work with a remote, although that wouldn't hurt. It doesn't have to have a media front end.

    Is there much benefit for me to get MCE instead of XP home?

    Thanks
     
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    I would say not.
    Put the cash you'd save towards a sweetspot capture card...
     
  3. Embarker

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    oem mce is cheaper than xp pro, so doubt there is enough for a sweetspot capture card. Recon £70 for MCE and as it has a resonable media centre on it, i'd say go for the mce.
     
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    ahh but XP Home (£55inc) < MCE (£80inc) :p
     
  5. KraGorn

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    And Home is perfectly adequate. :)

    MCE is simply XP or, hacked down to remove some of the 'sort of server type' features and with a user-friendly replacement for Media Player. Exit the player and you're back to a standard XP desktop.
     
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    MCE totally rocks if you use it as a full media centre

    brilliant EPG, great music player , dvds,pictures and the TV quality and recording are superb.

    Mine has never missed a show in 6 months.

    if you dont want these features then maybe its not for you
     
  7. lisag

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    It seems a bit of a waste to buy XP Home now, when XP MCE will give you the same PLUS the option of using MCE, if not now, maybe in the future. I reckon its worth playing with for the extra few quid.
     
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    Quite right lisag, you won't get much hardware for the price differential but the MCE interface is great if you want simple Media functionality. Haven't had a customer yet that's regretted going for MCE.

    MCE is XP Pro with the domain joining facility removed. You can however find a hack online to allow it to join a domain if you really want to. MS say that the domain joining has to be removed for "fast user switching" to work which is a requirement for Extenders to function.

    Wouldn't be surprised to find that Longhorn home will include MCE functionality as standard.
     

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