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I have a e-350 based HTPC right now its running windows 7 x64 and XBMC
I love XBMC but its a real pain for anything but music and movies. At the end of this month im moving into a new place with a bunch of friends who are tech savvy and i want to get rid of XBMC because I am having a hard time getting it to launch games and other external apps, and its not worth the set up to get each program working perfect.

I will keep XBMC for a sexy program to launch media. but I want to make the HTPC more of a pc and have all the programs right on the desktop.

So what I want to know is, is anyone here running a set up like that? just a kb and mouse? what dose your setup look like? any tips?

Thanks
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is anyone running a htpc for games and movies without htpc software?
what is your setup like?

PS: im otakunorth, co worker left himself logged in
    
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I run HTPC as main PC, I am using regular Win7 Pro and wireless keyboard and mouse.
Just set the desktop icons and text like 150% and you can read it from afar.
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what would be the best way to launch emulators and roms?
    
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If I'm not mistaken you should look into team mediaportal as it has plugins for movies, music, tv shows, emulators, etc.
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If I'm not mistaken you should look into team mediaportal as it has plugins for movies, music, tv shows, emulators, etc.
will look into it, though how easy would it be to set up an emulator with it?
    
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post #7 of 9
Why don't you just put desktop shortcuts for every application you want to launch (VLC, emulator, iTunes, etc.)

No frontend and goes directly to the application you need to use.

Just need to increase text-size and maybe icon size depending on your resolution.
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I will be doing that for audio and videos
gut i want to be able to launch games before opening up the emulator, instead of inside the emulator as that may be too tricky from the couch
    
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I run my HTPC with Media Portal for watching TV, movies, TV-series and listening to music. For that I navigate with a remote.

At night, when I want to game, I pull out a keyboard and a mouse from under the sofa table. You can see my specs in my signature. The HTPC is definetly able to play games maxed in full HD.

I have set my HTPC up with water cooling and run my fans at 5% PWM (virtually not moving) when I am not gaming. When I am gaming, the fans gradually speed up and move hot air out of the case.
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