Getting conflicting stories from "orange coated experts" at Best Buy (BB)and Circuit City(CC) - need someone who knows.
After losing several productive years off my life span (this past week) due to a virus, I decided it is time to upgrade box and win2k. Several friends who manage and maintain business systems for a living recommended going to XP-Pro for the OS. I have been shopping for a box - both CC and BB only have new boxes with the windows media center installed. I don't need or want the media center so I suspect I will order box over internet and build what I want. One of the orange coated experts said media center requires xp-pro, another said xp-pro does not run with media center??????
Does XP-Pro run without media center or is that what makes it "PRO"?
I have a home office and can see no reason for having media center installed - is that correct? I need laser printer support, USB Scanner support, Label printer support (asynch), USB external hard drive, mouse, keyboard, skinny display(LCD), and cable modem support.
Thanks - I just don't keep up with all of the home entertainment stuff and would like to know if I am missing the boat in not wanting media center.