Use Windows Server 2008 as home entertainment pc in the living room!Tried
- Copied the folder C:\Windows\ehome\
from a Vista Ultimate workstation, but when trying starting some executables, none of them appear and the processes directly close.Tips
The reason that Vista Media Center doesn’t work is because the executables rely on Windows services to work properly, which are not installed. You would have to register the services with Windows and set them to start-up if you want it to work, but I imagine that’s where some of the Vista bloat comes from in th first place.
Media Center depends on several services (files may not be in Server Install) and have to be copied, registered, & installed as services) - No these do not add bloat to Vista as someone suggested, since if the users doesn’t e ven havea TV Tuner card, a very lite version of the service runs that is for remote media access.
Media Center also is DirectX reliant, make sure you run the latest DirectX runtime distribution as well once you get the services running and the EXEs regi.)Workaround
- Use XBMC Media Center for Windows (Screenshots
- Use Origami Experience as free alternative. Note: it doesn't have TV support. (Review