My HTPC was on hold for a few months but I'm about to start putting it all together.
I was planning on buying a fresh copy of Window 7 for the system but I'm not sure what version I should be getting?
Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate?:doh:
Does it even matter?
Or how about Windows 8? :ban:
I will be running XBMC as my main hub.
Any thoughts on the subject would be greatly appreciated!
myself if I was going to just be using it for XBMC then I would install a free OS like Linux and then run XBMC or even xbmcbuntu-12.00.Intel-AMD but that is just me.
I'm running Windows 8 with xbmc and it runs just fine, though I'm not 100% sure if it's Win 8, xbmc or what have you but whenever I boot mine up,it never goes to the native 1080p resolution, normally a lot lower. So I have to close and re-launch it, don't remember it ever happening in Win 7. If you can use Win 7 over Win 8 I'd still recommend doing so.
I personally like windows 8, the tiles would look pretty sweet on a tv as well.
I've been using windows 7 Pro on my current PC & have no complaints.
I am not that tech savvy so Linux and Ubuntu are sort of out of the question.
Windows 8 is sort of a wild card for me still as far as compatibility issues with XBMC as posted by Arinoth.
I'm looking at Ubuntu and I like what I see..
This looks like an option I hadn't thought of.
I have Ubuntu + XBMC installed. Crazy fast boot-ups on some older hardware. Plays back video perfectly, nice web browsing, I am very pleased.
Pentium D 3.4
2 GB DDR2
Wifi (bad location for wires)
Search dx.com for cheap handheld wireless keyboards - I bought my rechargeable one for 20 bucks and am very happy with it.
EDIT/ All I have to do configuration-wise was enable proprietary AMD graphics drivers. This is so easy to do - it's under Ubuntu Software Centre > Edit > Software Sources > Drivers. Wifi and everything worked out-of box - I just wanted 3d acceleration via radeon drivers.
If all you plan to run is XBMC and never leave it, I'd say install XBMCbuntu (Index of /releases/XBMCbuntu).
All pre-configured and ready to go, very simple to install. Just burn to a disc, boot, click next a bunch of times, and your done.
I personally found XBMC ran better that way rather than from Windows. Seemed much smoother and less glitchy/buggy.
I surely wouldn't buy Windows with the intent of running XBMC on top. That's just a waste of money.
I never heard of problems playing bluerays in Linux why would that be a problem?
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