Use the Absolute Beginner's Guide to Windows XP Media Center to take the PC experience further! This book helps you unlock the potential of your Windows XP Media Center, in the fun, friendly Absolute Beginner's Guide style. This book covers everything you need to know to use your Media Center to its full potential, in an easy-to-understand tone that won't confuse you with lots of technical jargon.
If this book lies open in your hands, either you've heard of Windows XP Media Center Edition and its phenomenal capability to unite the worlds of computing and entertainment, or you're a close personal friend or relative of the author, wondering what those months of lost sleep and solitary scribbling were all about.
Either way, you're now officially in on the best-kept secret of the world's largest software company. Microsoft's Windows XP Media Center Edition blends the capabilities of a conventional PC with essentially every electronic entertainment device that is currently cluttering up your living room. It's a digital video recorder that lets you record and rewind live television; it's a digital jukebox that gives you unfettered access to your entire music collection; it's an intelligent DVD player (often a recorder as well); and it's even an FM radio with a replay button. It also offers new entertainment experiences as a sophisticated playback machine for your digital photos and home videos.
The Media Center software is designed to offer you the best of both worlds: a sophisticated, state-of-the-art computer operating system that can "get down to business" without any compromises in features or functionality—all delightfully hidden (if you so choose) behind a user-friendly interface that a child could control. It's the perfect balance of work and play.