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Media Center different from XP Pro/Home?

by jsolomonster / July 21, 2006 5:45 AM PDT

I am planning on purchasing a new Dell system and am seriously looking at the XPS 400 over the Dimension E510. My question regards the Windows Media Center OS -- what makes this different from XP Home/Pro? Should I be concerned about it with regard to my basic web browsing and word processing needs, or does it simply take care of all that and then some?


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No worries...
by John.Wilkinson / July 21, 2006 9:11 AM PDT

For basic tasks it makes no difference which one you choose.

Now, XP Professional is, obviously, a step above XP Home, and includes the following key features/abilities that Home lacks:
* EFS encryption for added security.
* Enhanced networking capabilities, such as the ability to join a Windows Server domain.
* Remote Desktop server.

Windows XP Media Center Edition is built on XP Professional, with two major differences:
* It includes the Media Center addon, the added interface for easy multimedia access.
* It lacks the abilities to join domains like XP Professional can.

Hope this helps,

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To sum up:
by Papa Echo / July 21, 2006 5:17 PM PDT

?XP Pro: for the office; for work. Network. Security Policies.
?XP Home: for the home environment, cheaper than Pro.
?Media Center: XP Pro with added media enhancment- for entertainment.

Not much difference for normal web browsing and word processing. E.g., for streaming video and audio, obviously Media Centre is better.

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