Upgrade from XP Home Edition to Media Center Edition

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by ATRSIN, Nov 18, 2004.


    ATRSIN Guest

    I have a high end pc and would like to upgrate to a Media Center. Where can I
    find what the requirements are to change my pc to a Media Center pc
    ATRSIN, Nov 18, 2004
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    Joe Scalise Guest

    Its not the hardware that makes MCE unique, its the software itself. What
    you put into your computer just allows you to utilize MCE's capabilities.

    Can you be more specific with what you want your MC PC to do?

    Record TV and then Burn to DVD? = Tv Tuner and DVD Burner...
    Send to another room in house? = Media center extender...
    Joe Scalise, Nov 18, 2004
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    ATRSIN Guest

    Thanks Joe, as per requirement I would live see tv, record live tv and
    obviously then burn dvd. And now I would like to convert my pc into
    entertainment pc. So joe, only thing I require is software, tv tuner and DVD
    Burner? It does not require any other hardware? Thanks ATR
    ATRSIN, Nov 18, 2004

    ATRSIN Guest

    And Joe what is MCE Extender?

    ATRSIN, Nov 18, 2004

    Joe Scalise Guest

    Yeh Atrsin, thats what makes MCE so great, because it eliminates the need
    for figuring out what software to use to record tv and such. All you would
    need is a TV Tuner card. Then you can use MCE to record the shows you
    choose. Then obviously storage would either be on hard drive or you could
    burn it to DVD with a burner.

    Check this page out to make sure you purchase a tuner that is supported by

    Joe Scalise, Nov 18, 2004

    Joe Scalise Guest

    From the homepage:
    Windows Media Center Extender devices connect a Media Center PC with TVs
    and monitors in the home, extending Media Center experiences to any room in
    the house. Using the included remote control, listen to your digital music
    collection, watch live and recorded TV, and view family photos and home
    movies-all from within the familiar Media Center experience.

    Joe Scalise, Nov 18, 2004
  7. Atrsin,

    What they've failed to mention so far is that you cannot burn DVDs of
    recorded TV in the format it's recorded in. Media Center records TV in its
    own proprietary format, which standard DVD players don't recognize. There
    are some 3rd-party programs (read: extra $$$) that can read this format and
    burn to DVD, but Media Center doesn't come with that capability in the box.
    Similarly, to actually record or watch TV, you'll need to buy what is known
    as codec, and there's only 2 I think that are certified to work with MCE
    2005. Fortunately, they're cheap enough at $20 or so. And, to actually view
    the TV, in addition to a tuner you'll need a fairly new video board (i.e.,
    an nVidia 5200 or above).

    Dana Cline - MVP
    Dana Cline - MVP, Nov 19, 2004

    terri Guest

    terri, Nov 22, 2004

    Ray Trent Guest

    BTW, I don't know whether you care about this, but my understanding is
    that you can't "upgrade" an XP Home/Pro machine to MCE. You have to
    install it from scratch. That will involve reinstalling all your apps,
    possible data loss, etc...
    Ray Trent, Nov 22, 2004
  10. There's several dozen nVidia 5200-based boards on NewEgg for about $55 -
    pretty much commodity items at this point. You'll want to look at the specs
    as some have faster memory than others. Mine seems pretty much ok but I
    haven't upgraded to 2005 yet. (This extended weekend, I promise).

    Dana Cline - MVP

    OK, thanks for the info. At least I'm not going to have to buy too much
    equipment. So I need a new graphics card and a Hauppage card (or
    similar)? Can anyone recommend one of the graphics cards that MS
    support for MCE 2005? According to the MS website the following are

    · ATI Mobility RADEON 9800
    · ATI RADEON 9800 Series
    · ATI RADEON X800 Series
    · ATI Mobility RADEON X700
    · NVIDIA GeForce FX5200
    · NVIDIA GeForce FX5700
    · NVIDIA GeForce FX5750
    · NVIDIA GeForce 6600
    · NVIDIA GeForce 6800

    If anyone can recommend a model / make / manufacturer / amount of RAM /
    etc then I'd be grateful - don't want to spend a fortune for the top
    model but then don't see any point going for rubbish one either as want
    to be reasonable future-proof.

    Thanks again
    Dana Cline - MVP, Nov 22, 2004
  11. ATRSIN

    ATRSIN Guest

    Ray, this is completely a new computer I just bought recently that has
    Windows XP Home Edition and no personal data. I was thinking I could upgrade
    directly to MCE2005 but thanks for telling I have to do a clean install.
    ATRSIN, Nov 24, 2004
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