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post #1 of 10
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I'm about to transform my old gaming PC into HTPC.
Everything is going on fine only I'm not too sure about the OS.

I don't mind changing the OS, somehow I can get it.
What's the best for HTPC. Now it's running on Vista 32bit.

All along I've been using the normal OS.
Anything special about Media OS??
FIY the other PC is running on win7.
Same OS would be easier to access files both PCs files?
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post #2 of 10
Ubuntu Linux. Its free. They also have things like Xubuntu. I would get rid of Vista fast. I have it on my laptop and its giving me a lot of trouble. My laptop also hates Linux so it won't install. I would install Linux because my laptop was fried by a whole summer of 240v and a 64 max degrees Celsius on my HDD. No more sound on Vista but there's sound on Linux.
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post #3 of 10
Between vista and w7 you shouldn't have any problem with file transfers. You can stick with your current OS if it isn't giving you any troubles.

Id also get one of these: Antec Mult-Station Basic Internal IR receiver and remote

They used to have another model with a fancy LCD on it that showed misc stats etc, this one is simpler but works the say, and its has some great features, including starting and shutting down the pc using the remote, and moving your cursor.


Edit: My bad, thats the older one with the less advanced remote. Newegg used to have 3 types of these, they have just this one now.


These are the ones, try getting one of these:

Multimedia Station Premier

Multimedia Station Elite
Edited by feltadox1337 - 3/27/11 at 6:19am
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post #4 of 10
Vista's media center is pretty good. Windows 7 is a touch better (native support for QAM tuners and a few other little pluses I don't remember off hand). Since you already have Vista, give it a try.
File sharing between Windows 7 and Vista is not a problem.
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post #5 of 10
XBMC, BoxEEE, any Linux distro with MPlayer or one of it's front ends. They are much better once you get into them.
     
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post #6 of 10
Since you already have Windows Vista, it will do the Job.

By Windows Vista I mean Home premium or Ultimate If you want to use Windows Media Center.
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post #7 of 10
you can strip it down to a bare minimum and just run the machine on XBMC Live...xbmc can pretty much play anything although from my experience I have to convert tvr to dvrms from MCE recordings > if your not sure you can just run it via live cd
Edited by pohtangina - 3/28/11 at 8:22am
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post #8 of 10
I would recommend going with Windows 7. Windows Media Center (particularly TV) is one of the things they really improved over Vista. Homegroup also makes file sharing between Windows 7 computers pathetically easy. I remember with Vista, I had to play with security/permissions to get my files and folders accessible on other computers.

However, you'd probably want to install a front-end such as MyMovies or MediaBrowser on top of WMC. Heck, there's even an XBMC plug-in for WMC. tongue.gif
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post #9 of 10
If you're having no problems with Vista, stick with Vista.

Other than that I'd say go with Windows 7, I really see no reason to run a Linux Distro if your computer has no problems with Windows.
    
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post #10 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by DV9;12912054 
If you're having no problems with Vista, stick with Vista.

Other than that I'd say go with Windows 7, I really see no reason to run a Linux Distro if your computer has no problems with Windows.

Yeah no point in running a free and better OS, might as well just pay over £100 for an inferior more bloated one... rolleyes.gif

I'm thinking of running Archlinux on one, with XBMC.
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