Having heard nothing but good reviews about Windows Media Center 2005 – and being a nerd at heart – I decided to try and build my own Media Center PC this weekend.
Once the install CD’s were in my hands – I thought – ‘I wonder if this would run under Virtual PC?’
I have previously tried running Media Center 2004 under Virtual PC – and the result was ‘craptacular’ (the entire UI was distorted and unusable). So my expectations for Media Center 2005 in VPC were not very high. Boy was I in for a surprise.
Obviously – I cannot use the TV functionality under Virtual PC (no virtual TV tuner) but the UI, photo and music aspects all worked beautifully. I was able to listen to music while viewing photo slide shows.
All in all – a very enjoyable (though completely pointless) exercise 🙂