Windows 8 experience with HTPC???

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by blusky, Aug 2, 2013.

  1. blusky

    blusky MDL Novice

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    I am considering using Windows 8 on a new HTPC build.

    Looking for any comments or suggestions from peeps that are using windows 8 in a HTPC build.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. bk109

    bk109 MDL Senior Member

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    #2 bk109, Aug 2, 2013
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    Well,there isn't much to say really - with proper codecs, Windows 8 with Windows Media Center is a nice (and easy to configure) solution for a general use PC/HTPC. I'm using it both at home + I made a relatively cheap HTPC build around it + one of the A10 chips from AMD (which so far has handled light-to-medium gaming and 1080p playback like a champ ;)).Anyway,the only hiccup you'll see is that some tuners don't have drivers for 8 out yet,so they're a tad finicky to set up(though I'm yet to experience that first hand).

    Edit: Ah,if you're going to use Media Center extenders other than the 360,you'll have to use Win7 instead.
     
  3. PaulDesmond

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    Home theater environment is mostly part of the video/audio card and the codecs used. Os is only secondary involved into that biz.
     
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  5. blusky

    blusky MDL Novice

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    Thanks bk109 for your help. I plan on using the Ceton infinit 4 cable tuner with small form factor computers with each TV. If you don't mind me asking do you use a remote or a keyboard and mouse to control WMC??
    Thanks PaulDesmond, good point. From what I have read so far it is better to install the individual codecs you need that to install the whole codec pack. I will need the capability to play Iso files and MKV files of my backed up Blu-Ray library. I am curious as to what is the Best media player that can do this in good 1080P quality?
    Thanks redroad for the url. Just read it and found some good info in it as you had said. Just trying to get all the info so I know what I need to do once I get started at the end of the month. My HTPC build will be a HTPC/Gaming computer so I am trying to please my son and myself, which may prove to be interesting.

    Still have to run all the cat6 wire to each location before starting on the HTPC/Gaming build but that is part of the fun...
     
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    redroad MDL Guru

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    One thing that has saved me a lot of headaches while in pursuit of the perfect HTPC is being able to do icremental backups and storing data/users on separate drive .. This gives you a way to experiment with different software, codecs, and hardware before moving forward and reverting back if needed .. This will always be a work in progress is what I've concluded .. Wish you the best
     
  8. blusky

    blusky MDL Novice

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