Microsoft Windows XP Professional 32-Bit Media Center Edition (version 2005)
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Microsoft Windows XP Professional 32-Bit Media Center Edition
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 ("Symphony", Released in October 12, 2004) is the first edition of MCE available to non-Tier 1 system builders. Among other things, it includes support for Media Center Extenders, and CD/DVD-Video burning support.
- Windows Movie Maker, upgraded to version 2.5 with new effects and transitions and support for DVD burning based on Sonic Solutions's AuthorScript technology.
- Windows Media Player, upgraded to version 10, along with Windows Media Format Runtime 9.5.
- Royale theme: not included in other editions of Windows XP except Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, it is included and enabled by default.
- Microsoft Plus! Digital Media Edition components: a number of applications not included in previous versions of MCE are now included such as Audio Converter, CD Label Maker, Dancer and Party Mode.
- SoundSpectrum's G-Force: a special edition is included as one of the music visualizations for Windows Media Player.
- Screensavers and themes from Microsoft Plus! for Windows XP are included (Aquarium, Da Vinci, Nature, Space and My Pictures Premium).
- Media Center Extender Support, dedicated hardware devices that allow users to view the same content that is available on the MCE computer over wired or wireless Ethernet, are introduced in this version for the first time. Linksys and other companies currently sell Media Center Extenders, and Microsoft sells an add-on kit for the Xbox game console that allows it to function as an extender. The Xbox 360 also has Media Center Extender functionality out of the box, including HDTV support (which is notably absent from current extenders). Media Center 2005 currently can support up to 5 Media Center Extenders per household.
- First party hardware: Microsoft has released its own first party remote, receiver and infrared blaster with MCE 2005. A new specially designed wireless computer keyboard for MCE 2005 was released September 2005.
- Joining a Windows Server domain: The ability to join an Active Directory domain is disabled by default. Computers that upgrade to Windows Media Center from a version of Windows that had joined the domain before upgrade will remain joined to the domain. However, if they leave the domain, they may never re-join. The option to join a domain during installation of this version of Windows is still available. Microsoft says that the reason for this discontinuation of feature is to support Media Center Extenders which need Fast User Switching. It is possible to re-enable joining a domain by modifying the Windows registry.
- Windows Media Player 6.4 is no longer included.