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Old Feb 17, 2006, 10:22 AM   #1
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Hey all

I'm about to buy a new PC. Along with basic internet use my main thing is editing photos taken with my Canon 20D. I posted a question a few weeks ago to get system advice and got lots of help.

I think I'm honing in on a particular system and the specs sound good:

AMD Athlon 64 x2 4200+ processor

250 gig 7200 rpm SATA hard drive

1 gig DDR Ram

Dual layer CD/DVD burner

etc, etc.....

Here's the thing though, the particular system I'm looking at comes with Windows Media Center Edition instead of the Home edition. It's a PC with a TV tuner which allows you to watch and record tv shows. I wasn't planning on getting this feature but it's included on a couple of the systems I'm looking at anyway so I thought it would be a neat little bonus feature.

So I'm just a bit concerned about this version of Windows. It sounds great but I'm wondering if there's any reason I would want to stay away from it and go with the Home edition instead.....something that I don't know about it maybe that would leave me regretting going with this OS?? Anybody??? If I'm worrying over nothing then great. I'd be happy to snap up this system as is.


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Old Feb 17, 2006, 12:43 PM   #2
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MCE is just another flavor of WIndows. You have XP HOme, XP Pro, XP MCE. XP pro is great for setting up servers and networking stuff. SInce you are choosing between XP home and MCE, MCE should be fine. It has some extra stuff that is kind of cool. On caveat though is that when software lists its requirments for running, you will almost never see MCE listed, as its not a mainstream flavor of the OS. But if it will run on Home, it will run on MCE.

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