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I have an old PC I want to turn into a home media server. Need ideas.

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I want to be able to load videos and such onto it and be able to stream it to my TV. I plan on using a new HDD with it, so what is the best OS to do this with?
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the most user friendly would be win 7 ultimate if you dot like the windows media center, you can use something like xmbc.

if the older pc is not atleast a core 2 w/ 1gb of ram, you might want to take the linux route .
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Yea how old a machine are we talking about?

Win 7 has much better IP stack than older Windows OS, but for 32bit you'll need 2GB ram and for 64bit really you should have 4GB. You can strip down all the eye candy etc to help.
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various flavor of linux distros, possibly this XBMCbuntu
http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=XBMCbuntu
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Originally Posted by selectstriker2 View Post

various flavor of linux distros, possibly this XBMCbuntu
http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=XBMCbuntu

personally, since all of my PCs run windows most of the time I just stream using network shares.

edit: crap, just realized i quoted rather than edited
Edited by selectstriker2 - 5/12/12 at 9:22pm
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