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Upgrading and need feedback on Windows Media Center.....

by jonontherd / October 18, 2007 2:04 AM PDT

In my earlier post I described my computer as a Dell Dimension 4550 series and I'm upgrading the hard drive, ram and adding a DVD burner with lightscribe from HP. I have Windows XP Pro and I just mainly use my computer for watching movies, music and photo processing. What are your thoughts about Windows Media Center, is it worth the money? I've seen it on Ebay brand new dirt cheap. I've been to Microsoft and seen their little video and the way it looks I like the organization part about it. Any feedback would be helpful, thanks.

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Had it, seldom used it.
by Dango517 / October 18, 2007 1:29 PM PDT

Used WMP instead. No real advantage to the center over the player, just the graphics interface looked better. Bells and whistles only. That's my spin, others might disagree.(untracked topic)

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What do you need it for?
by BrianZachary / October 18, 2007 4:21 PM PDT

My friend bought a computer last year that came with XP Media Center Edition. He has brought up the media center, but he doesn't have any music to really try it out. I have tons of music and videos on my computer, but I've always been satisfied with WMP. Someone said Media Center Edition is an expensive OS, but unless you have music and other media to make use of it, there's no point in changing. You already have XP Pro, so the only thing you would be doing is spending money on something that isn't really necessary.

It's your choice, though. There are tons of media players, including WMP that will do what Media Center does. Like Dango517 said, it's just a superficial interface for what your computer already has in it.

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