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Old May 6, 2009, 08:07 PM
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I'm in the final stages of completing my WinXP SP3-based HTPC, and I was just wondering what some various freeware programs you'd suggest I stick on it.

It's an E4600 with 3GB of DDR2 RAM, so it can take quite a fair bit of resource punishment.
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Definitely MediaPortal with the StreamedMP skin.

Dending how you get your movies onto the HTPC, Moving Pictures is great if the movies are ripped to the HDD/Network drive. Gives you some nice cover/fan art and movie description.

And if you download TV shows, grab TVSeries. Works similar to Moving Pictures but is for TV shows.
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Thanks, i'm definitely going to give that mediaportal a spin :P

I think i'll wait until i have my tv tuner installed before i install the program though; that way my hardware's all up and running before it starts up.
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Thanks, i'm definitely going to give that mediaportal a spin :P

I think i'll wait until i have my tv tuner installed before i install the program though; that way my hardware's all up and running before it starts up.
I hear the TV support is a bit lacking though so you might want to hit up the forums to make sure your hardware is compatible.
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Ooo! I love that skin, jdrom17! It's been a while since I used Mediaportal, but I'm almost tempted to start playing with it again!
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I use Zoomplayer to play all my movies, Home Max edition is free. Does HD stuff better than anything else.
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I use Zoomplayer to play all my movies, Home Max edition is free. Does HD stuff better than anything else.
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+1 for Zoomplayer, Small and will play anything I throw at iit.
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