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Q: windows xp vs windows xp media center edition vs windows vista

just curious on what the differences were between xp pro and xp media center edition and then what was better about vista...

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A: windows xp vs windows xp media center edition vs windows vista

Vista isn't out yet and there are going to be many versions of it, more than XP. XP Pro is the professional version, it has more options open, security options and all that stuff, but these options aren't exactly built for people who don't know what they're doing. So yea... more "professional" options. Media center is like the OS for really dumb ppl who want just want to watch media. It's all basic-like (http://www.lighttek.com/images/mediacenter.jpg), but it has lots of apps for TV tuners and dvd players and all that so you can use your comp as a TV.

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Hello everyone. So I just got the Xbox 360 COD special edition. I'm checking out all my features on the Xbox. There's an option to somehow connect your computer to your Xbox. The requirement is to go through the Media Center. Well, first time starting up the Media Center on my computer, and I'm not able to get the Media Center to open. I receive an error right on startup of the program. It ends up generating a crash report, and closes. I've take 2 screenshots of the error. The first screenshot is of the first error that comes up upon opening the Media Center. The second screenshot is of another error I get when I choose to cancel instead of clicking ok on the first error. I thought getting the most information to you guys would be the best.

I run Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition Version 2005 Service Pack 3.

Looking forward to your suggestions. Thanks a lot

A:Windows Media Center Edition Error - Attempting to open Media Center

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the xp MC is corrupt and i cannot even get in it. i dont have the MC disk but i have a home edition disk. it is possible to install home edition with the media center product key?

A:reinstall windows media center with windows home edition disk

if those were vista version then it would be. in xp, that is not that easy.
if you just do a repair and restore the system files you might just be able to pull that off but i would not count on it.
if you are planning to do a reinstall and just use the MCE prod key, that won't work

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Download this package if you use Fast User Switching on Windows XP Media Center Edition. This will correct the problem where your Media Center PC may stop responding when you switch between users while watching live TV.

For more information about this issue, read Microsoft KB Article Q811009

System Requirements
Supported Operating Systems: Windows XP

Windows XP Media Center Edition




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On my desktop PC, when I double click on My Computer, Recycle Bin or even try to open the Control Panel, I get an hourglass briefly with the mouse pointer but nothing happens. I recently switched from cable modem to a Verizon MiFi. Not sure if that has something to do with it or not. I also recently got a laptop and don't use this desktop PC much so I'm not sure when this problem started.

Any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated.


A:Windows Explorer won't launch - Windows XP Media Center Edition

Can you see any kind of icons when you open the start menu? This sounds like either an annoying system corruption error or a virus, and just in case I would recommend downloading the latest version of MalwareBytes from download.com and running that from Safe Mode with Networking. If that comes back clean, you may want to try a system restore.

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The Media Center Solitaire PowerToy for Windows XP Media Center Edition enables you to play Solitaire on your Media Center PC from anywhere in the room using the remote control.

Note: We've taken great care to ensure that PowerToys operate as they should, but they are not part of Windows XP Media Center Edition and are not supported by Microsoft. For this reason, Microsoft Technical Support is unable to answer questions about PowerToys. These PowerToys are for Windows XP Media Center Edition only.
System Requirements
Supported Operating Systems: Windows XP

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I have a HP 9010T laptop dv9000 series which came with pre-loaded windows xp
media center. My windows is updated. I have also created the laptop recovery
discs which i have used a couple of times whenever i required.

Recently i somehow got hit by Wsaupdater.exe spyware which i suppose changed
my userinit.exe in the registry to Wsaupdater.exe
(source:http://support.microsoft.com/kb/892893/en-us). i am trying to follow
the resolution given in the mentioned article. But as i do not have any
installation CD with me i am unable to run the recovery console. I DONOT want
to reformat my drive as i have data onto it.

I borrowed a friend's windows XP installation disk just to try and get the
file exchanged through recovery console. On the first attempt it detected my
USB harddrive as the primary windows disk which is not right. I disconnected
the USB disc and tried again. It says recovery console can't find HardDisk so
won't start .

Kindly help me in this situation i do not want to format the drive as there
is valuable data onto it. Kindly provide me with a solution

I would be highly obliged if someone could please help me.

Thank you in advance.

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I was wondering if anyone here on TSF has windows media center on their pc, as i was looking at buying a pc http://www.pcworld.co.uk/martprd/sto...ull&tabIndex=1
but was wondering what differences their are between the said OS and standard XP, and if it runs normally or is it just designed as a media center with Xp as a side feature. Any comments would be appreciated. If anyone could include screenshots from media center, that would be much appreciated.

A:Windows media center edition of windows

I'm copying from the Which Windows XP version should I buy? article:


Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. This XP edition is based on XP Pro and lets you experience video, audio, pictures and TV through a convenient user interface that makes it easier to enjoy digital media. Its use of simple layouts and a remote control specifically made for Windows XP, makes it easy and comfortable to watch digital content on your computer monitor or TV display from anywhere in the room. Theoretically, Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 is only available pre-installed on computers sold by PC manufacturers. You can purchase a PC with Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 pre-installed at retail consumer electronic stores, direct from PC manufacturers, or through online consumer electronics Web sites. However, there seem to be MCE installation media sellable from various sources, as well (this phenomenon started with the 2005 edition; previous ones were never made available to the public). Because of this edition's nature, the only MCE version available is the OEM one. This means that, if you intend to build a Media Center PC yourself, you can obtain the MCE operating system and use it in your own build.

I have one PC running MCE 2005, and it is actually XP Pro with added features that make the use of media easier. Of course, it also has the necessary hardware which benefits from these additional features. I use it for controlling a projecto... Read more

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Hey, i have Windows XP MCE, and i need to reinstall windows. But i dont have the disc. I was wondering. Do you use Home? Professinal? or is there MCE Disc. Cause i have to borrow one from a friend and i dont know which one is the right one. Thanks.

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i need help

i cnt do anything with safe mode or last known good blah blah..

my error Blue screen that says:

STOP: 0x0000007B (0xF7A89524,0xC0000034, 0x0000000,0x0000000)

Cant do safe mode, or anything. plz help me

Service Pack 3
media center edition

i really need help.

**EDIT: Tried f8 already and nothing do..

A:Windows XP media center Edition

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does anyone know when this edition will be available to buy ?

A:windows xp media center edition

Has been for almost a year . . I got mine here:


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I have a avermedia avertv studio 203 tv tuner card. My operating system is windows media center edition. Please tell me how can i watch tv with the avermedia tv tuner card.

Please help.


A:Windows XP Media center edition

You may need to load the software that came with the card.

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Doesn Windows XP Media Center Edition have a different soud scheme to XP Home & Professiona as is Log On and Log Off, Start Up and Shut Down or is it the same.

A:Windows XP Media Center Edition

I can not say for sure but I would imagine it has it's own default sound scheme.
Do you have a problem with it?

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Has anyone seen this??!?! WFC!!!


A:Windows XP Media Center Edition

I thought that was just lovely.............................

I'll think it's even better if I win that thing their giving away.....

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I have MCE 2005, and I have started the process of transferring my vhs tape materials to the computer.

Is there anyway to go in, after I record a 6 hour tape, to go in and section it up, without having to manually do it by sitting at the computer, anfd breaking it up and creating a seperate file after each show ends/


A:windows media center edition

None that I'm aware of.

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I have windows xp media center edition, service pack 3. The other day, computer gave error message windows\systems32\config\andsystem. Since I can't use my computer at all (has a black screen) I got instructions from ehow on how to recover. I inserted systems recovery disk, followed the prompts, but realized that I needed the windows xp set up disk. Microsoft no longer has the disk but one can download it. I can't download it because I have a black screen. Any suggestions on how I can download it or get a disk?

A:Windows xp media center edition-

That error you get is a corrupt system registry, see this link; http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;307545 You can either try to borrow a real XP CD, or use some other computer to download just the Recovery Console iso file, which you then burn an image of this iso to a CD so you can boot to it, and repair or restore the registry. And here is one more link from Microsoft for help; http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;307654 , and here is a link to this download http://www.thecomputerparamedic.com/files/rc.iso

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Hi Tech Guys,

I just bought Windows XP Media Center Edition and it looks great but I cant tune in TV channels. I have done everything correctly and used the wizard but when it scans for TV channels it doesn't find any. I have used my Sky TV cable and a terrestrial aerial but neither work.
Do I need any drivers or anything for the channels to appear? Could someone please help me with this as its driving me mad? I will donate. It would be so cool if I got it to work.


A:Windows XP Media Center Edition

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Can any body help me out in changing the com port settings on my media center edition.

I am unable to find the port settings tab in the properties of the com port.

Pls help me out

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Hello People. I put a new hard disk into the laptop. Starting from zero is fine, nothing lost. Brought the unit to Office Depot with PC code and windows XP setup disks. Now I'm told that it will not work unless I get the Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 setup disk. Computer properties claims it's a 2002. Tried calling Dell to have a simple question answered, but they wanted my credit card number first. Have only been running into walls and financial obligations and still nothing resolved. Why wont windows XP do for my OS on the laptop?

A:Windows Xp Media Center Edition

It should, unless you have a really, really weird non-mainstream laptop that does not have normal XP Home/Pro drivers.

EDIT: Could you give us a brand name/model for the laptop?

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Can anybody help me out in changing the com port settings in windows xp media center edition.
I want to change the bits per second of my com port.
Please help me out

A:Windows Media center edition pc

Hi swatkats

If you are referring to a standard serial COM port, usually labelled COM1, COM2, COM3, or COM4 - go to the Control Panel/System/Hardware/Device Manager/Ports (COM & LPT)/ right-click your COM port /Properties/Port Settings/"Bits per second"... and choose the speed from the drop-down list. The other settings that must agree with your device for the port are also there in that Port Settings screen: "data bits", "parity", "stop bits", & "flow control".

If you are referring to a "virtual" serial port that is actually used by a USB device, check the documentation for that device, as proprietary drivers or control software often provide the means to change such settings.

Communications software can often change these settings at their startup and shutdown (especially for modems, for example).

Best of luck
. . . Gary

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my grandmother bought an hp pavilion dv4-1555dx with a trial version of windows 7 home 64 bit, her trial is up, and she wants to keep all of her music and videos and other media files, so i was wondering, what options would we have, before installing windows xp mce?

A:windows xp media center edition

Copy them to another partition or better yet, to an external drive that can be disconnected before doing the install, or best do both. I've had friends who backed up their data to a second hard drive, then re-installed, and managed to erase both hard drives in the process.

Be sure you verify that the files copied correctly, and not just shortcuts to the originals.

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My pc will boot up then desktop w/icons & task bar appear. but then after 1.5 min pc shuts down and restarts. I tried to boot from win xp cd and hit(r) but I got this error message...A problem has been detected & windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.

If this is the first time you've seen this stop error screen, restart your computer. if this screen appears again, follow these steps:

Check to be sure you have adequate disk space. if a driver is identified in the stop message,disable the driver or check with the manufacturer for driver updated. try changing video adapters.

Check with your hardware vendor for any BIOS updates. Disable BIOS memory options such as chachingor shadowing. If you need to use Safe Mode to remove or disable components, restart your computer, press F8 to select Advanced Startup Options, and then select Safe Mode.

Technical information:

*** STOP: 0x0000007E (0xC0000005, 0xF76440BF, 0xF7A90208, 0xF7A8ff08)

*** pci.sys - Address F76440BF base at F763D000, DateStamp 3b7d855c
I tried going to my computer and hitting explore, folder options etc to check boot.ini and this is what i got (boot loader)
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\window s

(operating systems)
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\winnt="windows xp media center edition" /r.

I can boot system in safe mode. any suggestions would be appreciated.

thanks, bigbob5678

A:windows xp media center edition

try this, might do the job

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I have a computer that has died recentally with WinXP Media center. My question is, becuase I do not have the disks, is thier any LEGAL way to download an ISO from microsoft or something, burn it onto a disk, and reinstall using the key provided?

A:Windows Xp Media Center Edition

Yes, there is a way - but it'll cost you about $1400. Not an attractive proposition.

The easiest thing to do is to contact the manufacturer of the PC to see if they can supply restore disks. Most companies will sell you a set for around $20 (US) and will mail them out immediately.

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Im thinking of picking up a new computer in the next few days and it has this version of XP loaded. Mostly I use my computer for photos, e-mail , chatting and some light video editing. Just general use. If anyone is using this Iwould be most appreciative of any input as to how you like it and how it differs from the standard Home Edition.


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I was thinking of maybe getting a pc off ebay, and put an OEM copy of Windows Media Center Edition on it. Will that work? What would be the minimum requirments needed to run it? More like the requirments to keep it running smoothly. Thanks in advance.

A:Windows Media Center Edition

if you can, post the computer specs of the computer you gonna get from ebay.

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Hey all!

I have a computer that has Windows Media Center Edition on it. It crashed last week and I don't have a CD or DVD to repair or reinstall. I got the computer from Dell a few years ago. I do have a Windows Key (it is on the sticker on the bottom of the laptop) so I'm not worried about that. What I would like to know is which Windows Media Center Edition should I get? I've been looking for torrents but there are so many. Here is a list of a few that I have come across:

Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005
windows Xp media center edition 2005 Sp2 Bootable Dvd
windows XP mediacenter LIVE edition
Microsoft windows XP media center edition with SP3 OEM MSDN
Microsoft windows XP Pro media center edition 2005
Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 + SP3
Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 OEM

I don't know which one to download. I just want to be sure that my Windows Key will work for the one that I download.

I have come across a few torrents that have Windows Media Center Edition in two ISOs. Is that legit? I've never seen an OS on two CDs before.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks a bunch!!

A:Windows Media Center Edition

Sorry, we are unable to assist with Torrents.
Please read the Forum Rules before posting again.
Closing thread.

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There is a problem I have been experiencing with booting on my computer.

This problem started occuring just recently, once my brother has installed then uninstalled CD Space 5.

Here is a image...


This happens whenever we boot, and is becoming very irritating. Please help me on how to rid of it, in MSCONFIG, there is nothing that deals with Space or CD Space the company that made the program.


A:Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

Instead of using a CD emulator, use the actual CD for the software in question. 99% of the time, CD emulators are used for cracked/hacked software.

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I have a copy of this in my Action Pack. Is this a stand-alone OS?

I want to do the whole media thing with my cable TV, MP3's.

Question: There is a remote control for Media Center. Shall I buy a Universal Remote or is there a certain one I need? Does it require some sort of Infrared thing or what?
Thanks in advance.


A:Windows Media Center Edition 2005

I have a copy of this in my Action Pack. Is this a stand-alone OS?
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Yes and no. It's a stand alone OS, but it's basically XP Pro with extra multimedia applications and the ability to join a domain removed.

Shall I buy a Universal Remote or is there a certain one I need? Click to expand...

You must purchase one specially authorized by Microsoft, a universal remote will not work.
Although, there are programs, such as NovaRemote, for the pocketPC to allow it to operate as a MCE remote, but you still need a Microsoft authorized IR reciever that ships with the normal remote.
It comes with it's own IR reciever, the remote will not work with any other reciever due to microsoft's method of preventing duplicate keypresses in it's IR codes.

You also need at least one tuner card that is compatable with WinMCE to use the TV and Radio functions, I recommend the Hauppuage PVR-150MCE model. http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/104-6259048-2701522?search-alias=aps&keywords=pvr-150mce

Other things you'll need:

You'll need a MCE compatable mpeg2 codec, most DVD software encludes one. You'll need WMP10 compatable codecs for any other media you wish to play in MCE.

You'll also need a copy of SonicEncoders (shipped with retail MCE machines) in order to use the DVD burning functions through the MCE application.

Dcut (freeware), can be handy to archive older reco... Read more

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I cant seem to fins any Windows XP media center edition 2002 Isos without any service packs so i can to a reinstall on my old gateway PC which i lost the reinstall CD to.

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Hi Guy's,

This is probs an easy one for you, but as I have never done it I'm a little lost.

I have had all kinds of problems with my PC - sys restore dissapearing, nothing in control panel, inable to access win update. outlook express will not open up fully extreamly slow amongst other things. So after hours of attempting fixes nothing has worked. So I have decided to re-install the OS (well I have had the pc for a bout 3 years, I think it could do with a clean start). The thing is I only had the disk supplied by the PC manufacturer, will this do the job, I have attempted to repair it via this disk, but it keeps showing errors and requesting SP2 disk which was not supplied. Can I use Fdisk then a clean install. I don't wanna wipe the hard drive then discover I have cleaned of the OS and I am not able to load a clean OS.
Thanks for your help

A:Installing Windows XP Media Center Edition


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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4200+, x86 Family 15 Model 75 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 1982 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE , 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 229406 MB, Free - 145952 MB; D: Total - 9048 MB, Free - 947 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTek Computer INC., NODUSM3, 1.05, MB-1234567890
Antivirus: Norton 360, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

I have tried a couple different programs that have left me babbled and confused. Registry Mechanic, Uniblue PC Healthcare Advisor, Driver Cure, Pareto Logic File Cure, trying to straighten out my computer. I'm not computer lingo literate, and do not know a lot about registry stuff. But I did contact Microsoft who was finally able to connect to my computer (had maleware would not let me do anything at all, like it took over my computer) after the tech had me go through several steps he was able to log on and do something to get my computer working again. It is still giving me problems, but not as severe.
I added 1 G. of memory to my computer because I kept getting message about memory, now that I have done that I keep getting High CPU usage. This is mainly when I'm on the internet Facebook playing games. The error message says that Internet Explorer is causing this. I have been looking through my computer and have noticed many changes. Dr. Watson is gone, my PC ... Read more

A:Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

Every tool you mentioned has damaged your computer. The damage got worse every time you used them. Registry tools are a scam. Try to restore everything that they removed, or use a System Restore point to get back an undamaged copy of the registry.

If the damage is too severe, you may need to reinstall Windows or restore a system backup.

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Hi all i don't really know if this topic belongs here, but I didn't know where to put it elsewhere.

Does anyone know if I can buy a software to install WIndows Xp MEdia center edition on my new computer (which is going to be hand assembled/built by me).
In other words I am not buying a preassembled computer with the OS in it.

Anyway to buy XP Media Center Edition OS installation software just like you can buy for XP Pro?

Please help, thanks.

A:Windows XP Media Center edition CD Software?

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So when I start up my laptop, it tells me that windows did not start successfully.

As soon as I pick a command, it blue screen.
Can I do anything to fix this?

A:Windows XP Media Center Edition problem

What are Blue Screen error codes and do they list any drivers? Have you been infected lately? Installed any new hardware? How old is this system?

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One of the major challenges I've faced in my years of computing is to get MCE2005 running perfectly. After 5 reinstalls I think I'm almost there. I tried every tuner card I could that is on the MCE approved list and the only one that even comes close to working right is the WinTV-PVR-150 by Hauppauge. With all the other cards media center said the card wasn't installed or defective. With this card and lots of tweaking it recognizes the card is there but says it's being used by another application. The remote does what it says and in interacts superbly with my Audugy 2ZS, even simulating surround sound.
Anybody else using this OS? Any ideas what's wrong. I've even got Hauppauge stumped. At least they talked to me unlike that Canadian company.

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So i have "Windows XP Media Center Edition" on laptop but when using media center for dvd's and recorded TV its really jolty.

"2 seconds play..minipause..2 seconds play.."

(it's playing avi etc.fine though.)

I've played dvd's in media player and real and they work fine?
whats going on in media center?

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Hello everybody, Sorry figured it out. Till next time Thanks again.

A:Windows Media Center Edition 2005

This is the same for XP Home or Pro if the PC was made after 2003.HP Media Center PCs - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)Where can I get recovery CDs?HP Media Center computers that ship with Windows XP do not come with recovery CDs. Instead, they use a hidden space (partition) on the hard drive to store the recovery information. Using a hidden partition provides a more convenient, more stable recovery process that eliminates the need for CDs that can be scratched or lost.A set of recovery discs can be made by using the HP Recovery Disc Creator software. Click Start, All Programs, Hewlett-Packard, HP Pavilion PC Tools, and then HP PC Recovery CD Creator. For more information about creating recovery discs, use HP Desktop PCs - Creating Recovery CDs Using HP's Recovery CD Creator . If you still feel that you would like to order recovery discs, contact HP .

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i have recently been experiencing that notorious "ehshell.exe" error while attempting to use Media Center. I got an OS disk from dell but i am unsure of how to repair my system.
I inserted the disk, clicked on Install Windows XP and selected the upgrade option, but all this did was give me system a Windows XP Pro option at start up.

this is really giving me a problem. apparently now i have 2 Operating systems on my computer.

please help.

A:repair windows media center edition

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Hello All:

I will be wiping my hard drive today for the first time thanks to some nasty viruses. I have Windows XP MCE (not really sure what edition 2002/2005?).

The people that were helping me in the virus forum said that I had to download Service Pack 3. I understand that, no problem. However, I went on the Microsoft Updates website for that particular OS and there are 129 of these things. Do I have to download and install all of them?

How exactly do the updates work? When they roll out a Service Pack 4, for example, do they roll all of the components from Service Packs 1 - 3 into that or do they assume that you already have those downloaded.

Thanks for all your help in advance!


A:Windows Xp Mce (media Center Edition) Updates

I suggest just starting with the one that offers SP3. That should severely reduce the number of other updates that you have do to do individually.There is much information about Windows Update, how it works, critical updates, etc...available by using Google.Before you attempt to install SP3, I suggest that you take a look at the items discussed at the topic, Windows XP SP3 Information...available at the 1st page of the XP Forum.http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/146857/windows-xp-service-pack-3-sp3-information/FWIW: You do need SP1 installed in order to install SP3. You do not have to have SP2 installed, since it is included as part of SP3. http://www.winsupersite.com/faq/xp_sp3.asp See 1st sentence of answer to 2d question.Louis

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I just purchased an Acer Aspire 5102 and imediatly upgraded my memory from 512 ram to 1GB before even starting (saying this incase it makes a difference later). I fired it up, it ran beautifully, everything working (including sound). Then I reformatted to change the FAT partitions to NTSF and upgrade to Windows XP Pro 64. Now, after installing all my software and drivers provided at the Acer website, there is no audio device found?!?!
All the audio drivers are showing up but no actual hardware is being detected by windows. Again, the sound was working perfectly fine before I reformatted and put the new edition of windows on. (yes, windows is fully patched and upgraded)

So, would the upgrade from Windows XP Media too Pro be my problem?

This is also where I learned about OEM editions, my laptop did not come with a Media Center disk or a drivers disk so I assume it is OEM, I dont know of any other differences. If it is the windows incompatability, would I be able to use the windows product key on the bottom of my laptop and reinstall Windows XP Media? I got ahold of a Windows XP Media disk from a friend and tried using the key on the laptop but it said it was an invalid key. Would it make a difference if the XP Media CD I was installing was an OEM or retail as to whether or not the key will work? I am usure if it is an OEM or a retail disk I am using but I am pretty sure I can get an OEM disk, would the key work then?
Am I S.O.L. and have to buy a new key?
The sticker ... Read more

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i have a messed up Dell system that COA is for "Windows XP Media Center Edition". That original config is botched, and the bootloader shows an instance of "Windows XP". I don't have a good copy of MCE so I run a Repair from Win XP Pro CD and it gives a message "previous attempt to upgrade to Windows XP Professional". Interesting.

License-wise, is Windows XP Media Center Edition distinct from the later "Windows XP PRO Media Center Edition" ?? Anyone know what the migration path was?

The dell configuration page on their website shows the OS as follows:
DF965 Kit, Software, Overpack, Windows XP, MCE05U, Digital Video Disk Drive, ENGLAND/ENGLISH...

Were MCE's known to be buggy? This is the second one I've worked on and both were badly screwed up. Worse, when I go back to an earlier version [trying to start at the beginning with the ver the system had before patches/rollups/sp's/kb's] it doesn't install right, and then applying the patches from Micrsoft fails, probably because I do not have a map that shows me the proper sequence for 'evolving' it to its final update.
If anyone knows such a path please let me know

A:Windows XP Media Center Edition. Any reason to keep?

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i un-installed mcafee from my desktop upstairs which is running windows xp media center... when i try to boot it up, it will pass the beginning screen showing HP/the bios ( i changed it to show the bios doesn't affect my computer) then after it will stay hung at a black screen? if i try to run in safe mode it hangs, last known good config.. same.. system recovery.. same.. it came pre-installed on the computer. is there anything i can do?

A:Windows XP Media Center Edition won't start.

Boot off of the XP CD or Recovery Disc and get to the Recovery Console. Here type chkdsk /R and press enter. The Check Disk utility will try and fix any file errors.

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I am not sure if this is the right forum for this topic, because it said Windows XP Home and Professional, but I did not see a forum for XP Media Center anywhere and I need some advice please....
I have a laptop HP that I use for situations where I need to take my work somewhere outside of the house, and when I logged on yesterday it had revertyed back to 2006, when I first purchased the laptop, and now I have lost everything.
Also, every time I try to go online to get assistance it says I need to change my search provider to Live Search, which I have not used for years. 
I just KNOW that some creepy hacker from another country has infected my system, but whoever it is has erased all my restore points, except one WAY back in JUne 2006.
I have tried to download and install Kaspersky anti-virus, but after doing so it does not show up anywhere that I can use it.
Man these hackers are getting more and more adept at screwing people's computers up, and for the life of me I cannot figure out what they gain from doing it. In any case, I need my computer restored to how it was earlier this week, please, and thanks in advance!!

A:Windows XP Media Center Edition Question

I believe you should post this in the " Am I infected forum ".

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I recently built a new computer, with some help, and purchased Windows Media Center 2005 (OEM from newegg) to put onto it.To the problem. During the install, after Disc 2, it asks for Service Pack 2 CD. I put in Disc 1 again, like I found I was to do online. It works...for a moment. After that moment, a window pops up stating it can't find IExplore.exe and a ton of other exe's/dll's/whatnot. None of the 3 CD's seem to hold these. I can continue the install without these, but what comes up is a severely gimped windows with hardly a single feature(aside from working.)http://www.retrosight.com/mediacenter/setu...nstructions.pdf Is where I was getting my installation instructions and, for me, the install brings up the problem at step 3.9. Any help is appreciated, as this problem is pretty frustrating.(Sorry if this is the wrong place for this post)

A:Windows Media Center Edition 2005

Is there a way to go and update the software after you get it installed to that point? I would try that and see if it helps.

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Currently I use Sonic application to backup my files. However the Sonic version that came installed on my HP desktop PC doesn't appear to have the capability to do "incremental" backups. These are backups of only the changes to files since the previous backup.
Also on my HP desktop PC is "ntbackup.exe", a Microsoft backup application. When I try to "open" this application nothing happens. I'm wondering if it's because I have the Media Center Edition 2005 which is listed as XP Professional.
Does anyone have any ideas for me on how to do incremental backups-without spending money on another backup service or application?

A:Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

http://www.webdotdev.com/nvd/articles-revi...ws-xp-1514.htmlI have never used NTBackup, but it appears to offer the ability to do incremental backups.You can always download/install NTBackup, http://www.onecomputerguy.com/software_download.htmUsing NTBackup in XP - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308422 Louis

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Thanks to anyone who can help me with this problem!!!
When I boot the computer in normal mode, sometimes it will load up everything fine-no problems until I try to start running programs, get on the internet, etc...then it freezes up. I have to hold the power button to shut it down. Then wait for a few minutes to restart it. I start in safe mode and everything runs fine...Please help. Thank you.

A:Windows XP Media Center Edition Problems---Please HELP!

Any error messages, BSODs?Freezing can be caused by many things...but overheating tends to produce freezing with no error reported.Cleaning the Interior of your PC - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/cleaning-the-inside-of-your-pc/ Computer Cleaning Information - http://www.computerhope.com/cleaning.htm How to Avoid Overheating Hardware Secrets - http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/142 How to Avoid Overheating Hardware Secrets - http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/142 How To Use Event Viewer - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/40108/how-to-use-event-viewer/ Louis

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please help ive had BSOD errors for 4-6 months best guess. noticed them starting after buying an after market replacement battery from laptops for less. i read a previous post heres my bluescreenview log. please let me know what else you need to help me fix this problem.thank youmcsul4==================================================Dump File : Mini082812-02.dmpCrash Time : 8/28/2012 4:22:39 PMBug Check String : DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUALBug Check Code : 0x100000d1Parameter 1 : 0x80ffffefParameter 2 : 0x00000002Parameter 3 : 0x00000000Parameter 4 : 0xf73070a4Caused By Driver : iaStor.sysCaused By Address : iaStor.sys+a0a4File Description : Intel Matrix Storage Manager driverProduct Name : Intel Matrix Storage Manager driverCompany : Intel CorporationFile Version : : 32-bitCrash Address : iaStor.sys+a0a4Stack Address 1 : iaStor.sys+4e8eStack Address 2 : ntoskrnl.exe+2b347Stack Address 3 : ntoskrnl.exe+6eeffComputer Name : Full Path : C:\WINDOWS\Minidump\Mini082812-02.dmpProcessors Count : 2Major Version : 15Minor Version : 2600Dump File Size : 90,112====================================================================================================Dump File : Mini082812-01.dmpCrash Time : 8/28/2012 4:12:53 PMBug Check String : KERNEL_DATA_INPAGE_ERRORBug Check Code : 0x0000007aParameter 1 : 0xc07ba228Paramete... Read more

A:BSOD windows XP media center edition

Hello mcsul4, ( 1 ) To help us get a better look at your computer hardware, please follow the instructions below to "Publish a Snapshot" of your system using Speccy.http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic323892.html/page__p__1797792#entry1797792Below is only for those who cannot get online:Please take caution when attaching a text file to your post if you cannot copy/paste the link, per above instructions. You will need to edit the text file to make sure that your Windows Key is not present. ( 2 ) Since a bad memory module can cause varied BSODs, especially 0x0000007a errors, you should start by testing memory. It is best to test memory outside the Windows operating system, so please follow this post: Windows 7 - RAM - Test with Memtest86+ to either create a bootable CD or USB flash drive to run the test.My recommendation would be to run MemTest86+ overnight; 12 hours rather than just 7 passes.There should be NO errors reported.The test can be stopped (press ESC key) as soon as an error is reported.See Part 3: If you have errors.Let us know the results.

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