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Beginner’s Guide to HTPC Software

Welcome to the Beginner’s Guide to HTPC Software. This will be an in-depth look at the software options available to you to build your HTPC. If you haven’t already, make sure you read our Beginner’s Guide to HTPCs for other topics.

We’re going to cover only full home theater PC applications which can handle the following tasks:

  1. Music
  2. Videos
  3. Movies
  4. TV (optional)
  5. Photos

First let’s take a look at the operating system options you have and a brief overview:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7
  • Apple Mac OSX
  • Linux

Each one of these has their pros and cons. If you are using Mac OSX, you don’t have many choices beyond Front Row, XBMC and Plex (below). If you’re using Linux, honestly you’re probably not reading this guide due to limited options as well–MythTV (below as well). So that leaves Windows users . This is at least 90% of you out there, and most likely what everyone reading this is interested in.

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