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XBMC for Windows runs natively on Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8. 1080p playback can be achieved on Windows based computers either via software decoding on the CPU if it's powerful enough, or by hardware accelerated video decoding (Vista or higher). XBMC for Windows supports several MCE remotes out-of-the-box, among others.
1 Main topics
Other Windows-specific wiki pages for topics, guides, and advice. For everything else, standard XBMC pages will normally apply.
- HOW-TO:Install XBMC for Windows
- XBMC for Windows specific FAQ
- Supplemental tools/Windows
- Developing XBMC for Windows
- OS minimum to run Kodi: Windows Vista.
- OS recommended: Windows 7, which is required for hardware video decoding.
- Windows Home Server and Windows Server are not supported but have been reported to work with some tweaks.
- For end-users the recommended minimum requirement is a x86-based computer, with a graphic adapter that supports DirectX version 9.0c.
- x86 (Intel/AMD-based) processor: with .
- SSE2 support
- Fast modern (last few years) dual-core processor is required to decode H.264 videos in FullHD (1080p) without the assistance of a hardware video decoder.
- ATI/AMD, Intel, or NVIDIA graphic controller.
- ATI Radeon R420 (X800) or newer supported, ATI Radeon R700 (HD 4000) or newer recommended.
- Intel GMA 950 (945G) or newer supported, Intel GMA X4500HD (G45) or newer recommended.
- NVIDIA GeForce 6-Series and newer supported, GeForce 8-Series and newer recommended.
- HOW-TO:Enable Hardware Accelerated Decoding via DXVA2 in XBMC for Windows
- HOW-TO:Install Kodi for Windows
- HOW-TO:Make Windows boot directly to XBMC (as a shell)
- HOW-TO:Use Netflix via an external player
- Using a Microsoft remote control in Windows
- Windows audio
4 Device specific info
These pages are maintained by the community and should not be considered an endorsement or recommendation. Device pages are made when there's a bunch of useful information for a particular device, and someone takes the time to make that page. Keep in mind, some devices simply don't need a page of specific information, but are still excellent devices.
Do not use this page as a guide for what to buy to run Kodi. Disclaimer
- x86 hardware (desktops, mini PCs, etc)
5 Random notes
Feel free to place various notes, tips, and links here. As this section of the wiki gets more organized, those notes will be properly sorted. Consider this like a dumping ground for when you're not sure where to put something.
- Launch XBMC from MCE green media button - http://inchoatethoughts.com/launching-xbmc-with-a-windows-media-center-remote