Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 reviewed

— 12:10 PM on October 12, 2004

HTPCNews has put together an extended look at Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. This screenshot-heavy overview of the set-top box operating system is notable because Microsoft has relaxed the rules for sales of Windows MCE:

The newest variant of MCE, MCE 2005, will be available in OEM form to many many more companies. It will not be limited as 2004 was to just a few specific companies. But as well all know most OEM software can be had easily with a *ahem* qualifying hardware purchase *cough*.
The availability of this software option could make putting together a solid home theater PC much less painful than in the past. Windows MCE looks to be a little easier to set up and use than most of the popular HTPC software combos and suites.
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