9. Windows Media Center

Windows Media Center—What’s the Hubbub?

Windows Media Center (or WMC as I’ll refer to it from here on out) is included in Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions. All other versions of Windows 7 do not include the WMC components. WMC is an outgrowth of Microsoft’s interest in evolving the common PC into a multimedia entertainment center. Due to specific hardware requirements, which include a TV tuner capture card with built-in MPEG-2 video encoding and decoding, a high-end graphics card with a minimum of 64MB of video memory, DVD recording, a fast processor, and other goodies, WMC is usually purchased as a preloaded component on a new PC.


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