What are Microsoft Windows® Media® Center™ Minimum Requirements?
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Windows Media Center is an inbuilt component of Microsoft’s Windows 7 and Microsoft Vista’s Home Premium, Enterprise, Ultimate and Professional, and the major slot shares their minimal system requirements combining a wide range of visual and sound features like Internet TV, DVR (digital video recording) and radio. The unadorned interface makes it perfect to use through HDTV (high definition video) and projector.
The following details explain the minimum requirements for installing Windows media centre in your Windows 7 system:
- What are the basic memory and processor requirements?
- What are the minimum Space and graphics requirements?
- Internet TV feature within media center
What are the basic memory and processor requirements?
The Computer’s CPU should be x86 chip and must be running at 1GHz (gigahertz) at least. Practically all modern and currently in use PC’s even modest net books, would come across or might even exceed these Windows Media Center requirements. Multiple CPU’s and multi-core processors also support the same, but are not essential except for Windows 7 Home Premium Edition which recognizes only a single CPU. In terms of memory the minimum requirement for RAM is 1GB (Gigabytes) but this is just the minimal requirement and the optimal performance for media as well as normal usage would be benefited by the larger amount of primary memory.
What are the minimum Space and graphics requirements?
The minimum requirement of operating system itself is 16 GB for the Windows 7 installation. You need some additional disk space to store media files on your computer and if you intend to use the DVR functionality of Windows Media Center that would require even greater space. Fortunately, these days’ hard disks are capable of storing data in hundreds of gigabytes and may even extend to even terabyte in some cases (One thousand Gigabytes). In terms of graphics the computer must have a graphic device compatible with DirectX 9 graphics and a WDDM 1.0 or the higher updated driver to run Media Center. Media center is not very demanding graphically as it requires only 128MB of Video Memory but the quality of video playback would vary as these are bare Windows Media Center minimum requirements. HDMI and VGA ports are required and are determined from motherboard and graphics device for connecting to a TV or a projector.
If you wish to use your computer for watching live broadcasts except over the internet then in that case you would require a TV tuner. TV tuner is in the form of a card which is internally placed in the desktop or can also come as separate modules to be plugged in via USB. A consistent and fast internet connection is required for video streaming over the internet. If desired, a compatible remote and HDMI cable would be necessary for the connection to HDTV. Internet TV is one piece online source of entertainment permitting users to watch movies, sports, news, favorite channels and much more.
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