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Part: I Getting Started > Navigating XP Media Center's “10-Foot” Interface

Chapter 4. Navigating XP Media Center's “10-Foot” Interface

In This Chapter

  • Understanding Media Center's “10-foot experience”

  • Learning how to use the Media Center remote control

  • Switching from the Media Center interface to the XP desktop, and back

  • Customizing Media Center's “10-foot experience”

What makes the Media Center interface different from the typical desktop PC experience? It stems from the “eHome” development team at Microsoft going back to the drawing board and deciding what computing would be like if we did it 10 feet away from the computer screen, as opposed to the usual 2 feet. The result was Media Center's so-called “10-foot experience,” which allows you to trade in your conventional PC input devices—the mouse and keyboard—for a remote control. Even if you've been using Windows-based personal computers for years, you'll find that the Media Center interface is distinctly different from any off-the-shelf computer you've ever used before.


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