The key for XP Home would be the one for XP Home and not the Media Center one. It's that simple. These are not interchangeable.
Now before you install XP Home be sure you have a XP SP2 Home CD. The reason I insist on that is to avoid install trouble.
-> Now you need an INSTALL PLAN. Read http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7587_102-0.html?forumID=69&threadID=271360&messageID=2699006#2699006 to see an example plan.
Remember all the files on the PC will go away.
I never heard of Microsoft offering a "media center pack." There are versions of XP called Media Center but let's skip that discussion.
The Vista 7 is beta, will expire and frankly would only be a desperate man's solution.
so here's my problem, i want to reinstall windows on my computer (dell inspiron e1505 XP-Media Center), but could not find the windows reinstall disc, but could only find the disk for Windows XP-Home edition that came with my pc.
i swear this was not some stolen software or anything like that, just a desperate college student with a constantly crashing laptop.
but my question is can i put the XP home edition on my laptop even though the product keys dont match up, one of the student computer people said it may cause some problems and lock up my computer. so would i be able to do this, or will i have to buy an windows XP media center pack from somewhere? or should i even try the new Windows 7 (if the beta can still be downloaded)?
thanks a lot and i appreciate the help.