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Old 12-08-2003, 07:04 PM   #1
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Default Why Microsoft no Media Center Edition?

I just finished putting together a little Shuttle XPC small form factor PC for my fiance and I, and I was sitting here thinking what a great little media PC it would be. It has video out, support for 6 channel sound, what looks to be optical out on the front, available SPDIF connectors, a PCI slot to slap in a TV/Radio tuner card (I have one laying around here somewhere), a tiny little form factor, and it's fairly cheap. So why the hell won't Microsoft sell Media Center Edition to us, the normal users? Why must we pay $1500+ for an OEM PC when we can put together an similar setup ourselves for under $500?

After reconsidering it, I'll probably end up putting ShowShifter on this one and using it as a mini PVR of sorts, but I still have to wonder why Microsoft reserves Media Center Edition for the big name OEMs. I can buy WinXP Pro or Home OEM edition from NewEgg with the rest of my stuff.... but..... agghhh... I just don't get it

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Old 12-08-2003, 07:38 PM   #2
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The reason why is simple - they have spec'd out a specific set of hardware that works with their software. This means (theoretically) no blue screens.

If you are looking for PVR software, take a look at Snapstream.com - they have a free trial. It works pretty well, but I still like my Tivo better.
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Old 12-08-2003, 08:17 PM   #3
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You should still be able to find a copy of Media Center if you look around the "intarweb of hax0rs" I know a guy I worked with had it on one of his machines that he definately didn't buy.
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Old 12-08-2003, 09:16 PM   #4
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I have it hehehehehehe. One of the advantages of having MSDN licenses.
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Old 12-08-2003, 09:19 PM   #5
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there's an MSDN media center? I'm gonna have to look at that...

btw, dell's cheapest media center pc is like $800, not $1500.
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Old 12-08-2003, 09:20 PM   #6
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I retract my last statement. The guy I know got it through our office MSDN license.
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Old 12-08-2003, 09:37 PM   #7
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just wait. it'll be here soon, the new media center rocks. I play with it on a daily basis.
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I have an XP media center..I dont remember what I paid for it though
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