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#6: Integrated Windows Media Center

Most Windows XP users never had a chance to view and record live TV, manage their media collections, or watch their favorite photos and videos away from their computer screens with Windows Media Center, because Windows Media Center was a special edition of Windows XP.

In Windows 7, Windows Media Center is "baked in" to Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate editions, so you can enjoy its easy-chair access, HDTV and home theater-friendly design, and powerful TV recording features at home or at the office. With integrated support for cable and digital broadcast TV viewing and recording (just add a TV tuner), Internet TV (no tuner needed), the ability to create and save slideshows of your favorite photos and enjoy your digital music and videos, Windows Media Center can make your PC a multimedia powerhouse (see Figure 5).

Figure 5 Windows 7's TV Program Guide lists MSN Internet TV and available cable and digital broadcast TV channels.

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