Got Windows 8 Pro? Download Media Center For Free Until Jan 31, 2013

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riopato

What alternative is there that can take advantage of my ceton infinitv?!? What alternative is there that cable companies will except as an open htpc?

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burntham77

I'll gladly pay for it IF they make it better than it is. Fix the odd bug where WMC will go from full screen to windowed mode while browsing media (therefore rendering my remote control useless). Also adding subtitles and previews to the Netflix plug-in would be nice. Otherwise, I'll stick with Windows 7 Media Center for now.

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Incognito

I've been using Windows MCE for years (since Windows 7 was released) and the biggest joke of all is that Microsoft is making users pay for an application that they have never updated. The same bugs have been in MCE for years and they haven't updated or added it to it at all.

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timmmaaayyy2003

Where's my email. Several users including myself have yet to receive the key.

WTF microshaft?

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JDHatman

No love for Enterprise users. Shame.

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DaemonSeed

When WMC goes fully paid version I for one being a Canadian will outright refuse to buy it because M$ was cruel & crippled it for Canadians so I guess M$ can let it DIAF for shortchanging us on our fully paid Win7 Ultimate editions. Ever since it came out we had to hack it using Peter Nears ATSC fixes to get our EPG's and full HDTV to work with WMC. It was a RAW DEAL! Once burned twice shy.

Meanwhiles MediaPortal will fill in that niche just fine. And can even work with XBMC as a PVR backend, in the upcomming Frodo build.

For Linux builds of Frodo their Xbmc-pvr backend will ofc continue to be MythTV/Mythbox.

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Neufeldt2002

Completely agree, Never worked at my home either. I find most cripple the Canadian market though. Hulu, Netflix, you name it.

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Rift2

Just look at the Negative reviews for the Pro editon on Amazon. The joke is on the user I hope Window 9 isn't as bad.

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Cregan89

Yeah the reviews seem pretty positive to me too. And the first two negative reviews start with "I've been running Microsoft OSs since MS-DOS 2.11", "I have been using Windows since Windows 3.11 on a 468DX4 33Mhz"...

So obviously these people have a completely different idea of "personal computing" than the other 90% of consumers.

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dracx619

umm, i just checked the reviews and most are positive...

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kixofmyg0t

No doubt from the haters here that refuse to accept change.

You know those same people who's mouths dropped at the sight of LINES of people showing up for the Windows 8 launch and seeing Surface selling out.

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steven4570

So you think windows 8 on the desktop is a huge step forward?

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Cregan89

Yes. It separates my work related tasks from my media consumption tasks in a way that's simply not possible in any previous version of Windows or any OS for that matter.

It's better for my work related tasks due to the performance improvements, improved multi-monitor support, improved task manager, improved file manager, and the numerous built in features which integrate much better than the 3rd party solutions required before Windows 8 such as built in iso mounting and built in antivirus protection.

My most commonly used applications are all pinned to my taskbar, so I rarely used the Start Menu in Windows 7 anyways, and when I did use it, I was using the application search feature, and the search feature in the Windows 8 Start Screen is much better than the search feature in the Start Menu.

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steven4570

i disagree. The metro UI is clunky or is an awful experience for keyboard and mouse use. Things on there on designed for touch and it doesn't work well on a huge monitor with a mouse and keyboard. They're are so many annoyances regarding that UI, like inconsistency and the way its designed is not efficient at all. I do not see the purpose of metro on a desktop, most programs i use are used on the desktop anyway, so there is zero need for it.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

He's a Microsoft employee. He's paid to think that Metro is the future of computing.

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dracx619

after reading many of your posts, i have to wonder if you are just trolling. we get it, you hate windows 8, oh well i guess its not for you. not everyone is going to like it. so far it seems the general public is liking it. many power users and techies have liked it and i am now one of them. i had played with the release preview on a non work laptop and thought it was good but was weary on trying it on my custom editing machine. i decided to take the plunge with a cheap $40 upgrade and did a clean install. after working with it for a solid few hours, i changed up my workflow a little bit and i haven't experienced any hiccups. im loving it...ima hardly even in the metro screen so i don't see what the problem is. it was very easy to make pictures, videos, pdfs, etc open up in the desktop by default and when im in the metro screen, all my professional and casual apps are divided, labeled accordingly, and organized. it's definitely a breath of fresh air. point of the story is, its completely moronic to bash people that genuinely like it. find a way to make it work for you and if you can't oh well, stick with windows 7, it still a great os.

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igoka

Better alternative ? I wish there would be better alternative . I guess I'm gonna try MythTV one more time or just stick with win7 .

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jnite

So wait, they are taking one of the default programs from previous Windows, and making you pay for it now? That's rather lame.

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don2041

The writing is on the wall. All the apps & programs that were removed from windows can be returned to windows FOR A PRICE

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