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Sort of confused between WHS and HTPC RRS feed

  • Question

  • So, I am looking into building a WHS box to backup all the computers on my network. I have also been thinking of a HTPC to keep under my TV so all my photos and videos can be watched there. My question is that does WHS include windows media center, and TV tuner support? Because if it is already backing up all my media files, why can't it organize them and be able to output them to my TV? I'm not really for the idea of having to buy a WHS for about 700 and another HTPC for almost the same price.
    Thanks!
    Friday, September 11, 2009 10:47 PM

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  • Windows Home Server is not a Home Theater PC. It does not include Media Center, or tuner support, in-box.
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Saturday, September 12, 2009 3:06 AM
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  • Do you know of any 3rd party software solutions that would let me turn a WHS into an HTPC combo?
    Saturday, September 12, 2009 7:27 AM
  • SageTV seems the most popular one.

    Personally I like the two box solution. A HTPC needs to be pretty beefy, in terms of processor/memory/etc, and is thus fairly wasteful of power when left to run 24x7 (which is how Windows Home Server is designed to be used). So I have a low(er) power HP unit, and a HTPC.
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Saturday, September 12, 2009 1:35 PM
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