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Windows 7: Settings, and suggestions for HTPC

10 Oct 2009   #1

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Settings, and suggestions for HTPC

I am currently using the RC version of Windows 7 on my HTPC. I plan on purchasing the official version when it's released.

It's not exactly a robust system, and I may be pushing it's limits, but, it's quiet, low power, and so far it's getting the job done. Since I'm only using it for Media Center, I'm wondering which version I should purchase, and if there are certain features I should shut off to enhance Media Center.

Here's my specs:

ASUS M3A78-EM AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5050e Brisbane 2.6GHz Socket AM2 45W Dual-Core Processor

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Thanks for any suggestions...

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10 Oct 2009   #2


Home Premium
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13 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7 Enterprise RTM


Windows 7 fixed the licensing sku flaws of Vista in that they are now incremental. See here:

So thusly, anything Home Premium and up will have all the MC features built in. You'd only buy Professional or up for business-oriented tools, or stuff like that.
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13 Oct 2009   #4

Windows 7 Enterprise RTM

I have a HTPC with almost identical specs, and the only thing i can say is the built-in video will have a hard time with h264 or other more advanced codecs (read: blu-ray). I personally had to upgrade to a video card with good built-in MPEG2 decoding (in my case a Radeon 4650) to make up this deficiency.
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16 Oct 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate

Get a z22 flux capacitor, that will definitely give you awesome performance, nah JK. The only thing I would add to what you currently have hw wise, is a video card with some built in memory. Any to piggy back what Ant said, you would be ok with home premium.
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