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What is a Media Center PC? 

Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 lets you do everything other Windows XP PCs do—and a whole lot more. Browse the Web, play your favourite PC games, e-mail and instant message your friends, and install and use programs designed for Windows XP. Media Center also delivers a powerful yet familiar way to enjoy all of your digital entertainment—photos, music, TV, movies, home videos, radio, and a world of applications and services whether you're sitting in front of your Windows desktop or across the room with a remote control. Media Center is your all-in-one PC and home entertainment hub.

Play DVDs

Enjoy DVD movies on your Media Center PC. You’ll get full progressive-scan DVD playback with online chapter lookup on Media Center PCs equipped with DVD decoders manufactured by Media Center partners (standard hardware on new PC configurations).


My TV offers a simple way to browse, watch, and record TV, even on multiple channels at the same time (both analogue and over-the-air digital). TV features work with an antenna, cable, or satellite TV signal and have a fast and easy setup. My TV includes Live TV, Recorded TV, the Program Guide, and Guide Search—all without a monthly service fee.

My Music

My Music offers access to your personal and online music collection. Now it's easier than ever to play a music CD, copy it into your library, burn a CD, create a playlist, and edit album details.

My Videos

My Videos offers an alternate view of your My Videos folder in Windows XP, organizing files and folders by date or by name and displaying a thumbnail image for each clip. My Videos supports common video types including standard avi, .mpg, and .wmv files.

My Pictures

My Pictures provides a fun new way to instantly enjoy and share your digital photos. Download pictures from your digital camera, view your pictures and graphics, create a near-instant slide show, touch up, print, and burn photos to CD—all with your remote control.

Copy to CD/DVD

Burn recorded TV to CDs and DVDs with built-in CD/DVD burning, easily share pictures and home movies, and burn CD mixes.

Online Spotlight

Online Spotlight is your portal into a wide and growing range of on-demand entertainment. Online Spotlight is an online guide that offers quick and easy access to a wide range of music and radio services, movie download and on-demand services, as well as information services which give you instant access to customized sports, news, and entertainment programming online.

Sync to Device

Enjoy hours of TV, music, video, and digital photos on the go by transferring your favourite media to a Portable Media Center, Smartphone, Pocket PC, music player, or other storage devices, such as external hard disk drives.

Remote Control

The Media Center remote control keeps all of the entertainment on your computer within easy reach, complementing the keyboard and mouse.

My Radio

My Radio offers instant access to your Internet or FM radio services and keeps them all in one easy-to-find place. FM radio listeners have simple access to radio presets just like a car stereo and can even pause and rewind up to 30 minutes of live radio.

More Programs

More Programs offers simple organization and access to applications and services designed for Media Center that are installed and available on your Media Center PC. The More Programs menu option organizes all of your installed applications and services designed for Media Center in one place.

Xbox 360 Support

Windows Media Center Extender technology built into every Xbox 360 lets you access entertainment from your Media Center PC—live and recorded TV and movies, music, photos and Online Spotlight—on any TV in the house. New to Update Rollout 2 for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005.

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