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Chapter 1. Preparing for XP Media Center > Getting Prepared Mentally

Getting Prepared Mentally

Welcome to the world of Windows XP Media Center Edition. Unless this is your first experience with a personal computer, you're going to find many things that are familiar to you. In fact, if you've ever used any version of Microsoft Windows before—and particularly if you've been previously exposed to Windows XP—most of the operations of your new Media Center PC will seem completely normal and natural. For that reason, we'll dispense with all the ordinary Windows-related matters and get right to the meaty stuff: what's new and cool about your Windows XP Media Center Edition PC and how you can get the most out of it.

Let's assume that your new Media Center PC is still in the box. Your fingers are already twitching in anticipation of the glorious experience that awaits you. But before you cut into that carton, let's get mentally prepared for what lies ahead. I've always found that I'm happiest with my purchase—whether it's a new gadget or a used car—when I know exactly what I'm getting into.


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