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Lenovo H520s as HTPC

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February 15, 2013 2:57:25 PM

So I just saw a deal for Lenovo H520s-57310721. I am currently looking for a HTPC but I don't know exactly what I want. Does anyone have an opinion about using this model as a HTPC? I am really wanting it for streaming, but the DVR function of WMC is a must. I bought a HDHomerun network tuner a little while back while it was on sale, although I haven't had an opportunity to use it yet, so I don't need a tuner card.

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February 15, 2013 3:40:35 PM

That computer has some very nice specs. It's actually a bit overboard for HTPC duties. However, it comes with Windows 8 which does not come with WMC that you need for DVR functions and DVD playback. Microsoft will let you add WMC to Windows 8 Pro for a $10 fee, but you can't just add WMC to the standard Windows 8 (non-pro version). You would have to pay for the Pro Pack upgrade which is a $100 upgrade to get WMC.

February 15, 2013 3:49:42 PM

Thank you for the information. That is good to know.
February 15, 2013 3:49:52 PM

Best answer selected by bgwalker.