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OpenELEC 8.0.3 (64-bit)

Turn your ageing or second PC into a dedicated media center

by Nick Peers

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License: Open Source
Operating Systems: Linux, Mac OS X, Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows XP
Requirements:

A spare, unused PC with support for USB booting; 256MB USB thumb drive

Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 05 May 2017
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Developer: OpenELEC
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OpenELEC
Turn a spare PC into a dedicated XBMC media server/center.

If you’re looking to add a reliable, popular and free media center app to your computer, then XBMC is one of the best to go for. Want to go even further? You can press an older computer or small form-factor PC into service as a dedicated media server and center using XBMC at its core via a number of specially constructed Linux builds. And if space is tight – or you’d like to run XBMC directly off a USB flash drive or SD card – then OpenELEC is the build to go for.

Installation is refreshingly simple – all you need is a spare USB thumb drive (256MB or greater) in addition to whatever media you plan to install OpenELEC on. Then it’s a case of downloading the installer and following the guide at the OpenELEC wiki.

Once installed, OpenELEC functions exactly in the same way XBMC does. Unlike Linux-based builds like XBMCbuntu, there’s no underlying Linux OS to worry about – OpenELEC has been built from scratch with the sole intention of running XBMC, so it’s completely self-contained within the familiar XBMC graphical interface. It does mean you can’t do anything but run XBMC, but considering a full install takes no more than 125MB of space on your drive, it’s a price well worth paying.

What's new in 8.0.3?

- fix crash in Kodi while playing streams.
- fix some non working screensavers, this only works if the non working screensavers are installed the first time.
- disable CONFIG_USB_UAS to fix issues with some external Harddrives on RPi builds.
- some fixes in the installer.
- update libcec to fix some upstream problems.
- update to mesa-17.0.5, linux-4.9.25 (Generic/RPi*), mariadb-10.1.22, samba-4.6.3, connman-1.34, libsndfile-1.0.28.

Verdict:

A beautifully designed self-contained system for running XBMC. If you don’t need any other functionality from your computer, install this.

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update (build 1809)

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This is the latest version of Windows October 2018 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a Windows 8 twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

Fall Creators Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO here will give you build 1809 which is the October 2018 Update.

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