I have failed. I used XBMC as a front end and PowerDVD for BR's/DVD's. I used Advanced Launcher so i can launch Roms directly (console roms for emulators). Xpadder to map it out so i can just push a button and back to XBMC. Instant sheller to shell XBMC for a more seamless experience. However i ended up with a major problem. The wife said it was "overcomplicated". For one, the interface isn't the most seamless thing in the world, To launch any apps for example i have to click "programs, then "Program Addon's, then Scroll over to Advanced launcher then i can access the files....it's a bit tedious and the wife didn't like it right off the bat. Second. With XBMC off, if i put in a BR or DVD disc, it loads up automatically, however when XBMC is open, it will not. That became a major issue cause there is no immediate way to just play the movie without creating a launcher which for whatever reason, wouldn't open PowerDVD. Maybe they are fighting for control of full screen? Did i do something wrong? What i'd also like is a way to put the "Advanced Launcher app right on the main screen. More than 2 clicks is kinda silly to access something. The wife was really mad cause it's just too much and she doesn't want to re learn a bunch of crap..i agree it is tedious and i got this KB/mouse/TV remote that's actually pretty slick, however the Play buttons don't work on PowerDVD..not sure what it's default is, perhaps WMC and its a plug n play device so no way to map it. WMC wouldn't be so bad if it weren't so funky to hack in launchers, i used to have many issues using Media ccenter Studio which is now defunct Now i'm not sure if i want to bother with it at all. What sucks is i spent many hours getting everything setup, creating batch files..etc. I'd like a better front end more suited to launching stuff...like apps on a tablet. I tried other front ends that would be more suitable to do what i want like GameEX..etc but they are very ugly interface and not sleek or professional at all.