It is the same XP only with a different name, newer programs put in, and different visual style. Big Deal...I have the visual style and a Home Theater on XP Home. Don't waste speed and space buddy. Save it for stuff you need. You can put programs like any XP computer. IE is still the same. I recommend that if you want a Home Theater program, you should get Intervideo Home Theater Platinum. The only thing is to have 1GB RAM or memory for good performance. Its recommended memory is 512MB which I have on my desktopand its running slow. It also sucks that the remote control for the TV feature is not included. It may be included if you buy it from a store instead of downloading. I downloaded it from their website. Remember this, that visual style is just a new thing from Microsoft New Zealand. If you want the download, go to Microsoft's homepage and in the search box type "Royale Theme". Click on the first result and you do the rest. After downloading that .ZIP file and extracting the file inside, open that extracted file and let it extract to the "WINDOWS" folder. Then to view it, go to Control Panel and choose "Display" (If in Classic Mode) or "Appearance and Themes" (If its in the Category view) and look for the theme called Royale. Then if you see it with everything, you have it. Enjoy it.
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I am planning to install MCE on an older pc to use it as a home theatre pc. I was just wondering is it fully compatible with all windows xp programs I can download? ie is it pretty much XP with a different shell?