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Any negatives to installing the Media Center?

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    Any negatives to installing the Media Center?


    I'm thinking about installing the Media Center Pack, but before I do, I was wondering if there is any reason not to? Does it have any impact on my daily tasks if I don't use it?

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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    It made no difference on my computer ,installed about 2 months ago ,dont even know its there ,if by chance it takes over as default to any of you programs you use now you can change the defaults back to what program you want to use
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    Canada
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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    If you have Windows 8 Pro, it is FREE until the end of January. No impact with daily tasks.
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    Pacific NW
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    Windows 8 Pro


    I've had it on my desktop since October and I just installed Win8 Pro with WMC on my media center PC last weekend (didn't want to pass up the discount). Works like a charm, no problems. In fact, it shines in the living room.
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    Windows 8.1


    Honestly, WMC is fine. It's just a terrible terrible DVD player.
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    if you have dream spark version of 8 you should get so 8 wont expire on your computer
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    Posts : 154
    Windows 8.1 Professional 64-bit


    My personal view on this, if you're not going to use it, then why install it? I mean, Media Center Pack is aimed at those who deal a lot with "Media". I think this is a good way to keep a computer "clean".

    Windows Media Center won't interfere with your tasks unless you have other programs that deal with media. Careful with what program becomes your default.

    This is your computer, if you wish to instal it for the sake of having it then by all means do as you wish.

    Quote Originally Posted by FuturDreamz View Post
    Honestly, WMC is fine. It's just a terrible terrible DVD player.
    This is a good point, VLC is a good alternative for watching movies because it supports a lot of formats. I tired using Windows Media Player but it wouldn't play many formats.
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    Windows 8.1


    I'm using VLC myself for DVD playback. It works pretty good and I have it set up so it automatically plays DVDs in fullscreen mode. The only problem is that skins don't work in fullscreen mode, and the default skin looks like crap.
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    West Auckland
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    Windows 8 Pro Pack x64


    Get it simply to enable MPEG2 decoding in Windows products, if nothing else.

    It's free and doesn't impact the system, so why not?
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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by FuturDreamz View Post
    Honestly, WMC is fine. It's just a terrible terrible DVD player.
    i pop a movie in it auto plays with media center and played just fine ,why is it a terrible player
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