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XP Pro or MCE?

What are the advantages of having Windows Media centre edition on a new PC as Vista is coming out soon.Will they be compatible? I've always used XP Pro but am looking for a new PC.
the new laptops are getting duo processors and quieter (great!) but not sure which OS to choose.
Does MCE make sense on a laptop, although it's a desktop replacement essentially.
I'm open to all recommendations btw


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Not on a laptop

In reply to: XP Pro or MCE?

Windows MCE is designed for creating home theater PCs (HTPC). Sort of like a Tivo on steroids you might say. That's the only real difference between it and Home/Pro, is that it has some digital VCR type features added in. So, given MCE's reputation of being very picky about hardware, and the fact that laptops really aren't suited to the task of HTPC, I'd stick with Pro.

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In reply to: Not on a laptop

thanks Joe. Do you know if Pro is going to be ok with Vista (whatever that turns out to be)?

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Who knows

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Microsoft is pretty big on backwards compatibility in general, but most of what's "out there" about Vista is rumor and speculation, with a little bit of fact mixed in.

Only time will tell for sure just how things play out.

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Media Center issues

In reply to: Not on a laptop

I have been wary of Media Center. There are reports of Microsoft using anti-copy programming in it. This means that you may not be able to even back up any software you own, or even make a back-up of your own purchased music cd's.

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