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HP Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 & SP3 troubles

by kbwalker / March 14, 2011 1:58 PM PDT

Reload OS, discs courtesy of HP, has update rollup2. Install all updates, install SP3, SP3 wipes out Media Center Edition 2005. Does this everytime I reload OS. Anyone have a fix, or know of this OS discs with XP MCE 2005 with SP3 on it? Called HP tech support, got India, could not understand tech's english. Oh, and they wanted to charge me $49, Microsoft no help either. This OS got dumped on by Microsoft, while working on Vista Media Center. Thanks for any help on this.Machine is HP Pavilion Media Center a1642x Desktop PC

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I think 49 is a good deal.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 14, 2011 2:25 PM PDT

Compared to the alternatives, take the 49 bucks!

As to SP3, it may be the old HP AMD issue (you can research that or hope someone tells you the fix.) That issue was widely discussed so I'm thinking your issue can't be that. Tell more and hope someone nails it.

I find many don't understand the OEM deal about support. Microsoft is not going to offer any support without a bit of cash. But folk seem to expect support where the OEM agreement tells us there is none. If you need more about this, we can discuss that too.

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thanks for replying
by kbwalker / March 14, 2011 3:05 PM PDT

I have Intel dual core processors, almost 4g of ram.

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by kbwalker / March 14, 2011 3:52 PM PDT

I don't expect them to be free, but I didn't expect Microsoft to wipe my Media Center either. As far as alternatives, I have no ideas. Whatever you can tell me, I sure would appreciate it, even about their support,etc.

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My system says..........on performance and maintenance...
by kbwalker / March 14, 2011 3:49 PM PDT


Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition Version 2002 Service pack 3

And then on my Creative sound card system information details:

Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3{5.1.2600}

So, what the heck is going on here? How can I be running 2 different OS's on my computer? Sheezzz...

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Now that I can explain.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 15, 2011 4:42 AM PDT

Under the hood, Media Center is based on XP Pro. Apps can inadvertently show this information and confuse some owners.

-> With that out of the way we could discuss some old discussion where someone found there were actually no differences in "XP Home" and "XP Pro". These are all the same at the core with different apps added on.

But you bring up a good point. Why isn't there some tutorial about all this for owners that have these questions? Or why isn't it in some 5 or less minute video?

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now I'm really confused!
by kbwalker / March 23, 2011 11:52 AM PDT

My mom has the very same computer. Of course she has never had a crash,etc. and she surfs ebay,newspapers,plays some games like solitare and free cell, those kinds of things on her computer - but the kicker is, she has SP3 and all updates, and her XP Media Center Edition does just fine w. XP SP3. Go figure?

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Not so confusing.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 27, 2011 12:55 AM PDT

Windows XP and in fact all versions to date can be damaged by an untold number of things. These may be us installing and removing apps to malware.

Since no one likes uninstalling and reinstalling Windows, most folk will live with a cranky system that reports as XP Pro when it was marked as Media Center. My reply in post 6 was to note that under the hood, it is XP and that Microsoft simply "skinned" XP to provide more versions.

While interesting it may not help those looking to cure a cranky XP. For that we have a billion discussions from reinstalling to trying to repair this OS.

The symptoms show the OS has been damaged and a fresh start might be best.

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thanks for the reply
by kbwalker / March 27, 2011 11:45 AM PDT
In reply to: Not so confusing.

I've done that, but after the SP3 install, it happens again. So, O'm lost.

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You are right. Correct and more.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 27, 2011 11:58 AM PDT
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Thanks Bob!
by kbwalker / March 29, 2011 9:35 AM PDT

will read this.

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