Windows Media Centre Edition

  Confab 10:43 15 Feb 2006


I’ve recently been looking at Dell Dimension 9150 PC with an Intel® Pentium® D 930 Dual Core Processor 3.00GHz, 800MHz fsb, 2x2MB cache, 1024MB Dual Channel DDR2 533MHz (2x512) Memory and XP Home. Dell offered a free upgrade to XP Media Centre Edition 2005 with Intel® Viiv™ technology Intel® Pentium® D 930 Dual Core 3.00GHz,800MHz,2x2MB

I’ve looked into the Media Centre Edition and it appears that it has additional support for linking your pc to your TV and other media appliances. I can’t work out what the Intel Viiv thing is all about apart from some sort of platform that runs MCE.

I’ve got some questions that I hope you can help me with.

Is MCE just like XP home but with additional bits?

Will MCE slow the PC down with unnecessary tasks running in the background?

If I don’t like it can I uninstall it and install XP home or Pro or will the Viiv platform prevent this?

Is MCE any use if I don’t want to hook the PC up to any additional appliances?

I’m a bit worried because a used to have a PC that ran like a dream with Win98. I upgraded to ME and found it to be the worst operating system I’d ever used. I’m concerned I’ve gone down the same route with MCE.

Thanks in advance


  Lettervanman 13:10 15 Feb 2006

I thought you got XP Pro if you opt for MCE,that's what I have got on my box.

No problem with slow down,the MCE bit only runs when you want to use it,other times just use computer as normal.

If you dont want/need to hook up other appliances, then don't do it!
It's there if you want it.

  Confab 15:16 15 Feb 2006

Thanks very much.


  brambles 15:43 15 Feb 2006

My daughter has A Toshiba with XP Media Centre 2005 it is a TV in it's own right you merely have to connect it to an aerial socket with the lead that is included (Well it was with the Tosh)

I have to say setting the TV up wasn't easy but we did it eventually - obviously the high spec you have listed will cope with antything you throw at it - we only have 512 RAM.

Type Microsoft XP Media Center Edition 2005 in Google and look at the MCE web site - some tutorials etc.


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