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I happen to have some parts laying around and was thinking of making a media center pc for my family that would prolly run XBMC for them to use.

It will pretty much be a DVD player + Netflix, and possibly iTunes...idk about that one yet.

I was just going to throw on windows 7, but I didn't know if there might be a better option for ease of use for the strictly media center nature of this machine.


Anyone know of anything?
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windows 7 is the best pick imo for HTPCs.

for server side, i also like amahi. very easy to set up and use.
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Windows 7 for sure.
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so what kind of media software (XMBC, Media Portal) is best for easy selection of movies and also utilizing hulu, netflix?
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the easiest to set up is mediaportal imo.

neither xbmc or mediaportal support hulu/netflix natively. you have to install some addons or whatever and then do some random script modding. it takes some time to get it all modified correctly, and then itll work somewhat.

hulu/netflix works best with 7MC i believe.
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by ZTR1760 View Post
so what kind of media software (XMBC, Media Portal) is best for easy selection of movies and also utilizing hulu, netflix?

Dont you just go to the website and watch them?


Thats what I do lol.
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Dont you just go to the website and watch them?


Thats what I do lol.
with the intro of hulu desktop, makes it so much easier/better

the point of a HTPC tho, is ease of use. just grab a harmony and go
post #8 of 10
Archlinux.

http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title...-by-Step_Guide

That will go straight to XBMC, without loading any desktop environment.

Or Windows if you don't mind adding an extra 2GB of RAM and have it boot to your Windows desktop then opening XBMC after.
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XBMC live installed to hard drive is what i have. sure takes a lil bit of time to setup some extra's, but it really easy to understand...

You won't have netflix on XBMC live or any linux based machine, but you can get a video addon in xbmc to stream content from hulu and other sites.
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Or Windows if you don't mind adding an extra 2GB of RAM and have it boot to your Windows desktop then opening XBMC after.
OP, do you have a copy of XP laying around?
I threw XP MCE and XBMC on our HTPC that only has 512 M of RAM.
Works fine for streaming over the network.

I'd go with windows simply due to the fact of past experiences of getting remotes to function under Linux..
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