Ok....Once again if people would please read every post in here....Why are you still saying it can't be skined, when I allready proved that it can? the ehres.dll file has to be edited by a resource editor which inside there has all the wall papers, buttons...
And another thing, "resource hog"? Are you flippin nuts? Must be, because this operating system takes up less resources then regular XP W/SP2.
You say you work with computers and you contacted Microsoft through a friend? They were given wrong info, or atleast mildly altered info. The actual operating system is slightly different from regular XP/SP2. IT was changed for gammers/media people. 2 fresh installs of XP/SP2 and MCE2005/SP2. Regular XP takes up more resources then MCE2005.......Less resources running in the background that doesn't need to be running, means better gamming, better viewing/listning to movies/mp3's.
I dont know about you, but in any situation, I'd rather use the MCE2005 Operating system over regular XP/SP2 any day just because of that. I hate trying to open a game and things take forever because stupid things are running in the background that shouldn't, that I have no idea what its for.
And about the fat fingers, I was just joking, hope you didn't get upset.
And about fumbling around for a remote? You must have been into carputers for way too long. EVERY new stereo reciever you buy, like Clarion, Panasonic, Pioneer, all come with remotes, and everyone I know who uses the remote, finds it easier to drive because they aren't reaching over for a volume knob or to change the channel. They have the power right in thier hands, they dont have to move around to chance the channel, Learning a remote for volume or changing the channel or CD track, is very easy. I got used to holding the remote in my shifting hand while I'm cruising, never look at the radio at all or touch it, just press a button and its done.
Plus, working MCE2005 front end with the remote, is soo much nicer....I keep trying to steal my brothers remote...but I figure I'll buy one anyways.