Windows XP Media Center

At A Glance

Publisher
Microsoft

Web
www.microsoft.com

Status
Unavailable, unsupported

Introduced
Sep-2002

Latest
SP3

Design
GUI, Multi-threaded

Type
Workstation

Details

Summary
Windows XP Media Center is an expanded version of XP Professional to include many multimedia services such as TV viewer, PVR, digital music, DVD viewer, and remote control.

News

8-Apr-2014 XP SP3 Extended support ends
25-Feb-2010 XP SP2 Support ends July, 13, 2010
29-Apr-2008 XP SP3 released
9-Aug-2004 Windows XP SP2 Released
New in SP2 includes improved TV picture quality, enhanced music library and better photo handling.

30-Sep-2003 Release of Media Center 2004

3-Sep-2002 Released to Production

Requirements

Product
Windows XP

Processor
Pentium 4 or better

RAM
64 MB, 128 MB Recommended

Drive space
1.5 GB available hard disk space

Drives
Runs from hard disk, and requires CD or DVD drive

Video
SVGA or better recommended

File systems
FAT, FAT32, NTFS

Compatibility
Windows 16-bit programs (Windows 3.x type programs)
Windows 32-bit programs

Interface
Uses a GUI interface

Installation
Can be installed in its own primary partition on the first drive. When installing to any other partition (logical or primary) on any drive, a small portion must be installed in a bootable FAT or FAT32 primary partition on the first drive [Assumed if operates like Windows 2000]

Variants
Windows XP Professional
Windows XP Home Edition
Windows XP Tablet Edition

Versions
Windows release timeline
Oct-2002 – 2002 Edition
Sep-2003 – 2004 Edition
Aug-2004 – SP2
2005 – 2005 Edition
Apr-2008 – SP3

Downloads
SP3 Home and Download page

Links
Microsoft
Windows Media Center Support
Press and Corporate Information
Developers
Sysinternals Advanced System Utilities
Microsoft Technet resources for IT
Windows Life Cycle Facts

Books
XP Categories: All – Using – Solutions – Fixing – Development – MCSE

Publisher

Microsoft Corporation
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052 USA

Phone 1-206-635-7000 (support)
Web: www.microsoft.com

Support
Yes

Alternatives
Linux

Secrets
Setup Switches

Pricing
This is only available as an OEM version, typically bundled with hardware.

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