Windows XP Professional vs. Windows XP Media Center?
Posted 08 July 2006 - 05:35 PM
Posted 08 July 2006 - 05:46 PM
Media Center cannot join a domain.
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Posted 11 July 2006 - 06:36 AM
Posted 11 July 2006 - 06:38 AM
Posted 11 July 2006 - 07:39 AM
Vista is pretty, but it is not functionally different from XP at an OS level, but featurewise it has more of a whiz-bang factor
The real determining factor here is what does your school require? Have you checked with them? If you want a laptop for homework and surfing the internet and playing games, xp home, pro, mediacenter are all pretty much the same
If you can connect to your school's network for the purpose of sharing resources (network shares, printers), then you need Pro.
Please note, even with home and media center, you can hook up to the network for surfing the net...the key is "network resources"
Posted 11 July 2006 - 08:14 AM
If I bought the Inspiron with Media Center and then changed to Professional, what would act differently? Would I still be able to use a tuner and all of its features? Would making this change alter anything that I might have bought the Inspiron for in the first place?
In your opinion, do you believe it pays to buy a latitude which supposedly doesn't change as often as the Inspiron, being that I am a college student?
Thanks again for your continued advice!
Posted 11 July 2006 - 08:59 AM
The drawback is that the hardware tends to be a little behind the inspirons--every student I know wants to be able to play games and Latitudes are not a good platform for that.
In your case, I would buy XP pro and a third party tv tuner mainly because I think you will regret MCE later due to the network at school.
Which specific laptop were you looking at? How much were you going to spend? Are you committed to a Dell?
Posted 11 July 2006 - 12:01 PM
Posted 11 July 2006 - 02:06 PM
I'd be steering way clear of it if it is integrated video, as that means it takes system memory. You really want one with its own discrete memory
And what CPU was it? it comes with any of 3 t2050 (no) t2400 or t2500 (ok)
Why 15.4? Why not 15 or 17 inch lcd?
I really think you will be better off with Win xp Pro
Posted 11 July 2006 - 03:03 PM
Intel® Core™ Duo processor T2400 (2MB Cache/1.83GHz/667MHz FSB) KD18HN [222-1327] 1
Operating System (Office software not included):
Genuine Windows® XP Professional WPXP [412-0689][412-0706][420-4770][420-4830][420-5460][420-5476][420-5769][420-5924][463-2282] 11
Operating System Re-Installation CD:
PC Restore recovery system by Symantec PCR [464-5503] 135
15.4 inch UltraSharp™ Wide Screen SXGA+ Display with TrueLife™ 15SXGAS [320-4652] 2
1GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz, 2 Dimm 1G2D [311-5776] 3
100GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive 100GB [341-3109][420-5449] 8
8X CD/DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW) with double-layer DVD+R write capability 8XDVDRW [313-3959][420-5775][420-5901] 16
Wireless Networking Cards:
Intel PRO/Wireless 3945 802.11a/g Mini Card (54Mbps) IP3945 [430-1626] 19
256MB ATI MOBILITY™ RADEON® X1400 HyperMemory™ 256ATI [320-4655] 6
Integrated Sound Blaster® Audigy™ HD Software Edition SBAHD [313-4218] 17
85 WHr 9-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery 9BAT [312-0403] 27
Office Productivity Software (Pre-Installed):
Microsoft Office Basic - Includes Word, Excel, and Outlook email IBASICC [412-0452] 22
Network Card and Modem:
Integrated 10/100 Network Card and Modem
I am used to a 15.4 screen, its a decent mix for visual and wieght affects. I wouldn't mind too much shrinking the screen a bit if it were to be really light. Do you have any suggestions on other brands or systems in particular?
University of Delaware
There is no doubt, I am going to go with Pro; now just to find the right computer!
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