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Windows xp Media center edition

by maf0730 / November 23, 2010 2:23 PM PST

I have a gateway all in one running windows xp media center edition. i need to run a reapir because i have corrupt windows files. i dont have the discs that came with the computer and contacted gateway and they cannot get them either. my question is can i use a windows xp home edition disc to repair my OS?? i was told it would work because the only thing a repair does is fix the broken or corrupt file. only differnce between xp home and media center edition is that MCE has windows media center preloaded onto it

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 23, 2010 3:53 PM PST

MCE is a weird version. It's closer to XP Pro than home and then you run into the issue of XP, XP SP1, XP SP2 and XP SP3 CDs.

If you have nothing to lose, why not?

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by maf0730 / November 24, 2010 9:47 AM PST
In reply to: Maybe.

So if i tried to run just a reapir wouldnt it warn that it wasnt compatible

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I would try the repair console first
by lacsr / November 25, 2010 12:56 AM PST
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Like Bob said, WinXP Media Center is closer to WinXP Pro. I have run the repair console install on Media Center from the XP Pro disc and it worked OK. Have not tried with Home. If the repair can be done with the repair console then it should work. A "repair install" will not work, however. You will end up without Media Center.

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