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XP media centre

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by Sheks, Jan 18, 2004.

  1. Sheks

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    Is it possible to get XP media centre without buying a new PC?

    If so, does anyone know where from, and is it worth it?

    Thanks in advance.

    Sheks
     
  2. KraGorn

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    You can't buy a legal copy separately from a new PC, M$ do not license it as an 'upgrade' for an existing system.

    Note that several commentators and industry pundits, for what the're worth ;), noted at a recent trade show M$ made no mention of future updates to XPMC, instead they seem to be focussing on more portable uses for it .. the suggestion is that maybe M$ don't see a future for it in its' current form.
     
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    You can download it if you (or your company) have a MSDN subscription
     
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    At the price of an MSDN subsription which includes OSes then you could buy a new PC .. it would also be illegal for someone to take an MSDN copy for private use if it were from a company's subscription since the OSes on MSDN are licensed for developers to test their applications, these OSes are explicitly NOT for 'production purposes', which a domestic HTPC would almost certainly be considered to be, let alone that was not used in conjunction with the employee's business.

    Just pointing out the legalities here .. not saying I agree with them. ;)
     
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    Bloody register making stuff up again :)

    The won't be any updates for MC because it will be a feature of Longhorn so in the future it will be much more widely available.

    John
     
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    Well, not just in El Reg. .. but given Longhorn is 2006 then that seems to mean to me XPMC is for all intents and purposes dead as of the 2004 release.
     
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    Yes it's as dead as the XP/DirectX 9 combo it's based on. That doesn't mean IMHO that it is dropping off the roadmap or that it has no future.

    John
     
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    I'd lay money on there not being an XPMC 2005. :)

    As for the roadmap, given M$'s past performance with those they're not worth the paper they're not printed on .. remember Cairo in 1996 for example? ;)

    Sales of MC PCs haven't been stellar in the US or outside, I think Microsoft have lost interest .. like I said, we'll see.
     

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