XP Home vs XP MCE

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Rustiferion, Dec 12, 2005.

  1. Rustiferion

    Rustiferion Guest

    I'm trying to buy a notebook for my daughter's school use, and I notice that
    a great number of them now come with Media Center Edition installed instead
    of XP Home. While it's nice to be able to watch movies in airline
    terminals, etc. I don't want to sacrifice the real purpose of this
    expensive present: "productivity" for school work. Is this really a
    problem? Is MCE another "Special Edition" program stripped down for use by
    a targeted custumer base, or is it an "enhanced" version - standard OS
    *plus* additional multimedia capabilities?

    While my daughter will need to do a certain amount of multimedia editing for
    her Communications class, she will also eventually need to go back to typing
    term papers and reports. ;-)

    Would someone like to explain the real differences to me? The manufacturers
    all seem to assume their customers already know...

    Rustiferion, Dec 12, 2005
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    Toolman Tim Guest

    In Rustiferion spewed forth:
    Standard version, fully functional, with added multimedia capabilities
    (remote control, stuff like that).
    Editing? Not using MS products, I'm pretty sure. She'll probably be needing
    the software her class is teaching her to use, not some MS "applet".
    Read for yourself:
    Toolman Tim, Dec 12, 2005
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  3. Rustiferion

    Ron Martell Guest

    Windows XP Media Center Edition is based on Windows XP Professional
    with the network domain capabilities removed and additional multimedia
    functionality added.

    Good luck

    Ron Martell Duncan B.C. Canada
    Ron Martell, Dec 12, 2005
  4. Rustiferion

    Rustiferion Guest

    Is "network domain" different from network? Will she be able to use the
    school and my SOHO networks?

    Rustiferion, Dec 12, 2005
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    Gordon Guest

    If neither use a domain controller, yes.
    Gordon, Dec 12, 2005
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    Ron Martell Guest

    Yes. Network domains are created as part of Windows Server networks.
    It is possible that your daughter's school would have a domain
    established but if they did and student usage involved joining the
    domain they would be recommending Windows XP Professional rather than
    Windows XP Home

    Yes. Even if the school does have a domain, shared network resources
    would still be accessible, just as they would be from Windows XP Home.

    Ron Martell Duncan B.C. Canada
    Ron Martell, Dec 12, 2005
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