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Windows XP Media Center

By NV30
Dec 25, 2002
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  1. Is it worth buying? Can you buy it without a PC as an OS? Not really sure of all the details, maybe someone can fill me in. :)

    Thanks
  2. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    The last time I checked, XP Pro with service pack 1 (OEM, can be bought with hardware only usually) was around $150 dollars USD. XP home was about $100 dollars.

    OEM usually means "no fluff", like boxes or manuals. So an OEM version of Windows XP Pro probably doesn't come in the pretty box, but it will work just like the full retail version. Make certain that you get the FULL version, and not an upgrade.

    Is Media Center out yet? If it is, I'm betting it will be more than the home version, but probably not as much as Professional.

    Retail wise, Professional (full) is about $250 USD or slightly more and Home (full) should be around $150 USD and up.
  3. NV30

    NV30 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 339

    Looks like it's out, but it appears that you can only buy it with a computer by certain people. I couldn't find it as a standalone OS as Futureshop, don't know if you can find it anywhere else. But if you buy a PC, it can come with it.

    Thanks
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