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

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Chapter 11. Using Windows XP MCE for DVD Playback and Recording

If all you do is use your Media Center PC to play DVDs, you’ve bought yourself a very expensive DVD player. No, I’m assuming you’re also using your PC to do something else—record TV programs, function as a digital music jukebox, or whatever. But there’s still the issue of playing DVDs, which a Media Center PC is quite good at. And as long as you have the hardware sitting in your living room, you might as well use it for this very popular purpose.

How to Play DVDs

Assuming that your Media Center PC comes with a DVD drive (almost all do), playing a DVD is as simple as inserting it into the drive. Even though there’s a Play DVD option on Media Center’s Start menu, there’s no need to ...

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