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Creating a Digital Home Entertainment System with Windows Media Center by Michael Miller

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Chapter 8. Getting to Know Windows XP Media Center Edition

You’ve evaluated different types of Media Center systems. You’ve shopped for and purchased (or built your own) Media Center PC. You’ve connected the Media Center PC to your home entertainment system, and configured it appropriately.

Now the fun starts.

Operating a Media Center PC is quite a bit different than operating a traditional desktop PC, for a number of reasons. First, you’re operating it from the comfort of your couch or easy chair, from 10 feet or so away, using a handheld remote control unit—no keyboard or mouse. Second, you’re doing different things than you do with your desktop PC—watching movies and playing music, instead of surfing the Web and writing memos. Third, and perhaps ...

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