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Title says it all. I don't think I'll need beyond home premium. Only benefit I could see to higher levels is virtual XP support, but I've only ever needed to use that on my work laptop--never needed it for home, let alone something like an HTPC.

$30 difference between Home Premium and Professional. Is there anything else I'm missing? Otherwise, Home Premium it is.
    
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Covered pretty well here:

http://www.maximumpc.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=103347&sid=17d2263ff354fec2b9200d5c12416ccb

Rather than me doing a copy and paste job!
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post #3 of 10
stick with premium imo.
    
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post #4 of 10
Home Premium is all you really need for an HTPC. You could even get away with Linux distros if you wanted to.
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Originally Posted by jazznaz;12311797 
Covered pretty well here:

http://www.maximumpc.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=103347&sid=17d2263ff354fec2b9200d5c12416ccb

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Originally Posted by microman;12311801 
stick with premium imo.
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Originally Posted by BenRK;12311807 
Home Premium is all you really need for an HTPC. You could even get away with Linux distros if you wanted to.

"Thanks" have been dished out! wink.gif

BenRK--true, though I rather like Windows Media Center in Windows 7...
    
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post #6 of 10
If you have the system already and not planning on a tv tuner you could give xbmc live a go, it is free and takes minutes to setup, you CAN install it onto a drive. But ya home prem is all you need.
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post #7 of 10
really depends on the front end your using, me i like premium 32-bit but i also like running Media Portal as my front end. if your going to be running a front end, most recommend a 32 bit OS to get things done properly. Alot of the front ends out there use alot of the .net framework and windows xp to get things done, so its really a toss up.
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post #8 of 10
Going any higher than Home premium is a massive waste of money for like 98% of the population.
post #9 of 10
Like said, the XBMC Live is free and works wonderful.
I have all my movies and music on my sig rig and stream them over to my HTPC.
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post #10 of 10
home premium should be fine unless you want to host a remote connection and are a noob at that stuff like i am
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