As you've probably noticed, the
Windows desktop can look less than ideal when displayed on a TV set. While
most TV/multimedia playback software that comes with TV-tuner cards is optimized
for TV-out display, and so is Windows XP Media centre, a plain old Windows XP
desktop can appear blurry and hard to navigate. Let's take a look at some
quick tips for mitigating this problem.
Ensure that the start menu is
using large icons (right click on start button, hit 'properties' then
'customize' and select the appropriate option.
Use large or extra large fonts
for the Windows desktop (go to 'control panel/display' and choose the
'appearance' tab, then choose the appropriate setting from the 'font size'
Clear as many icons off the
desktop as possible. Standard icons like the recycling bin can be
removed with the aid of the TweakUI program.
Enjoy your new home
There you have it. A
simple mid-range computer system in a nice case with the appropriate software
becomes an absolute multimedia powerhouse and probably an essential part of your
home entertainment setup. Keep in mind that unlike other stereo equipment,
your HTPC can be easily upgraded with new hardware and software as it becomes
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