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Chapter 2. Getting Your Hardware and Sof... > Special Note Regarding XP Media Cent...

Special Note Regarding XP Media Center Edition PCs

Several variants of Windows XP are not as visible in the marketplace as are the Home and Professional versions. There are server products for corporate settings; a version for use with tablet PCs; and 64-bit Editions (one for Intel Itanium processors, and one for AMD 64-bit chips such as the Opteron). There's also an increasingly-popular Media Center version for use with computers with specialized parts for recording and manipulating multiple kinds of digital media such as photographs, music, and video.

Although this book isn't aimed at MCE users and doesn't discuss in great detail the multimedia aspects of MCE, it's interesting to note that Media Center Edition is built on a Windows XP Home operating system platform and therefore the material in this book is relevant to an MCE computer. Most XP-MCE books devote the preponderance of their pages to multimedia topics and cater to beginner users, glossing over the nuts and bolts of using the operating system. If you have an MCE computer, this book will provide a good reference to it, assuming that you use that PC for more than an entertainment system. XP Media Center Edition is available only on new computers—officially, that is. This is because it can run only on computers with special tech specs, such as having fast video cards, a built-in TV tuner, DVD-RW drives, and so on. You can read Microsoft's pitch about Media Center PCs at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/mediacenter/.


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