Setup & General Usage
Once you have the system setup where you want it you can go ahead and turn it on. The Core 100HT does not come with an operating system installed so we went ahead and installed Windows 7. After installing Windows 7 we installed all the necessary drivers and software that came on the utility CD. It has a very convenient install all option. Once we had the system up and running we opened CPU-Z to see what was all going on under the hood. As you can see everything is just as ASRock says it is.
I decided to connect the Core 100HT to my 42-inch LCD TV via HDMI. Keep in mind there is no HDMI cable included if you want to use the HDMI connection. The screen might not line up perfectly but it can easily adjusted by going into the Intel Graphics Control Panel and changing the horizontal and vertical scaling.
Windows 7 has a media center built right into it and it performs great on the Core 100HT. I loaded a few movies and some music on the system and the playback was great. Media center also has Internet TV which is pretty cool and you can definitely take advantage of the built in wireless-N networking of the Core 100HT.
While Windows Media Center works great, I really like to use Boxee for my media center needs. It offers more features and has some really cool social features. Boxee works great on the Core 100HT and looks awesome on my 42-inch HDTV! I also took a quick video to show off Boxee. You can see how smooth it runs on the Core 100HT.