Originally Posted by mslide
Keep it simple. If everyone in your family knows how to use a keyboard/mouse and is okay with it, then just use windows explorer. That's what I would do.
I like MediaBrowser, and other frontends like XBMC, but most of the time they're just in the way and slowing you down in starting the movie you really want to watch.
Ask yourself, why do you want to use a frontend? Are you trying to make it as easy/quick to use as possible or to provide eye candy (that nobody cares about after the first couple times using it).
That doesn't help your argument. I think that's slow and sluggish and takes too long to find the movie you really want to watch. Sure, it's cool looking but that doesn't really matter.
Sure, a KB/M is faster, but not by that much.
Using a UI like MB or MM has several advantages. Eye candy is just one part of it. The primary advantage for me is the use of a remote control. I use a MC remote (with my HTPCs), which are designed to work with MC and by extension MB/MM. I have had one since the days of XP MCE and can't live without one now. In fact, I still have and use the original Microsoft Media Center remote.
Besides, my collection is spread across 10 drives; some users have even more than that. Its not easy to remember where each movie is located. Sure a search can be performed, but that's not really quick, is it?
With a UI like MB, all my collections are in one place, no matter which drive they are in. All 'TV Shows' under one icon, as are DVDs, BDs, Box Sets etc.
I say that we, as HTPC users on Windows, are lucky that we have MC at all. Plus MB, which is free to boot.