*MCE 2005 Must be Purchase with Essential Hardware/New System or 3 Pack: *Lowest Cost Options to fulfill minimum hardware requirement: *Add Remote Control: *Shipping will be added manually for any other shipping method:
What is Media Center 2005? MCE 2005 can take the PCs you build for your customers from the desk/office to the places they belong: the living room, the bedroom, and virtually any place where people go to enjoy home entertainment. Designed to become the central digital media hub in any entainment system, Windows Media Center 2005 brings exciting new features to the operating system such as: HD TV Tuner Support, Dual TV Tuner Support, Enhanced DVD-Burner / DVD Writer Support including Direct to DVD Recording, Caller ID (Screen Pop) support and much more.
Windows XP vs Windows Media Center 2005. Windows XP Media Center is a superset of Windows XP Professional Edition that provides a wide range of features to help you use multimedia technology such as: TV Tuners, FM Tuners, Video Capture Devices, Digital Cameras and more. These features go above and beyond what was possible in Windows XP Professional to help make your PC a digital hub for all your multimedia needs. The key feature that Windows Professional Edition has that Media Center 2005 lacks is support for Domain Controllers. As such, we do not recommend Media Center 2005 for workplace enviroments / any where a domain controller is required. MCE 2005 is distributed as a OEM package for system builders.
Exclusively for system builders - Take your customers into tomorrow's digital media realm by integrating MCE 2005 into your next customer build! This represents the evolution of home PCs into digital media hubs that bring together users' entertainment choices and allow access to them with only one remote control.
The Past: Previously, this software product was available only to the tier-one system builders. Now, Microsoft has made it available to all system builders - enabling them to compete and do a better job than the "big guys." This competition will benefit the small businesses and the consumers at large. This move will certainly make the technology more widely available and give it a better chance to improve over time.
What is a System Builder? A System Builder (SB) is anyone who assembles, reassembles or installs software on a new or used computer system. Microsoft OEM System Builder products are designed to make it easy for System Builders to acquire and distribute genuine Microsoft software with the systems they build and sell. By purchasing this product, you agree to adhere to the System Builder license from Microsoft.
Top 10 Benefits: Enjoy digital entertainment in a single system. Access more entertainment with less effort. Make any living space a home theater. "Time shift" live TV and radio - and never miss a moment. Watch TV shows on your schedule. Experience digital memories with friends and family. Work and play at the same time. Puts music at a user's fingertips. Connect with movies, music, and more - on demand. Do amazing things!
New Featuers for 2005: Supports dual TV tuners. Supports HDTV tuning. Supports direct to DVD recording. Enhanced caller ID features.
Warranty: No refund, exchange or credit for OEM software. Only media can be replaced if defective within 7 days. OEM versions are for system builders only and cannot be transferred to another PC once it is installed.
Warning: (1) This product requires professionals to install and configure. (2) This is not an upgrade software. It should not be used as so. (3) End-user support is the responsibility of the installer of this software.
Notes: (1) The new XP OS requires activtion with Microsoft by the end-user. One OS is allowed to install on only one PC. (2) When and if purchased with a system, we'll install the software but will not activate it. (3) Directron.com is a Gold Member of Microsoft System Builder Program. All Microsoft products sold here are guaranteed to be genuine and counterfeit free. (4) WARNING: The certificate for the OEM package is on the shrink wrap for this product. Do not throw away the shrink wrap without removing the certificate first! Directron.com is not responsible for any certificate lost. (5) Remote control is not included, you can purchase it as a separate item. (6) This is a FULL copy, not an upgrade. (7) This product is an OEM package designed for system builders. It must be purchased with an entire system or a major system component of any quantity. The remote control by itself is not considered as the essential hardware. Major hardware includes memory, hard drives, optical drives, motherboard, video card, processor, mice, keyboards, and power supplies. Failure to purchase this product with a major hardware component will invalidate the order during processing. (8) Examples of components that are not considered essential are external modems, networking devices, cameras, printers, and scanners. (9) Free UPS ground shipping for continental U.S.A. Shipping will be added manually for any other shipping method. More shipping may be applied for additional items to the same order. (10) Please note that Media Center is inconsistant in their naming of the OS when going through control panel in Windows. Please see this Microsoft Knowledge Base article to determine what version of Media Center you have. Some applications are unable to tell the difference between Media Center 2002, Media Center 2004, Media Center 2005 and will just echo back the version that was out when they were created ( typically 2002 or 2004 ).
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