Windows XP Media Center Edition to Profession Upgrade not working

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Hello, I recently purchased a computer last week with windows xp media center
edition installed.  The IT person at my university tried to upgrade me to
windows xp professional so that I could join the university domain (he has a
site liscence for the upgrade disk), but the key didn't work (it works on
other computers with home windows xp home edition installed).  Does anyone
know why this upgrade doesn't work?  Does the upgrade only work from home
edition and not media center?

Thanks!


RE: Windows XP Media Center Edition to Profession Upgrade not working

Media Center is based on the XP Professional platform, so I would think you
shouldn't need to upgrade at all.

"helpplease" wrote:

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what a coincidence i was writing the same same post at the same moment...in
win xp general.
i got the same answer:Media Center Edition of Windows *is* Windows XP Pro
with the Media Center components added. Until you choose to start Media
Center it looks and acts exactly the same and has the same feature set as
Windows XP Pro.
unfortunatly nobody give me the answer of that question:WILL MY LABTOP
SPECIALY BUILDED FOR MEDIA CENTER ACCEPT TO BE FORMATTED
AND INSTALLED WITH XP PRO ???????
because window med cent is and IS NOT express pro !! because the added
component might interfer with some softwares like my Avid that doesn t want
to capture because:everytime i open my avid xpress prohd i see that nasty
window:
"your current powerscheme toshiba power management may not be optimal for
best performances on the avid editor.capture and digital cut among other
features may be compromised.for improved performence open the power options
control panel and choose the always on power scheme"

it appears everytime i open my avid xpresspro i can t get rid of it because
when i go to control panel/power options:comes a warning saying "to ajust
power manag.settings close microsoft pow options and use toshiba power
management".

the windows power options is not active and allow me to make any changes...

then when i go to toshiba power management  i can t fine the "always on"
power scheme asked by avid but just "full power/normal/longlife...etc'"modes

now in some avid forum i red that :
 XP MCE is not good for is using it in an editing environment!

It runs a few services in the background which can interfere with the
operation of CPU intensive applications:

1. Recorder scheduler
2. Program guide downloader
3. Infrared controller
4. Transcoder for the MCE portable - if you have one

If you are using a laptop that came with XP MCE installed, and you really do
not need to use the additional features of MCE, I would recommend turning off
these additional services using one of the OS utilities like msconfig.exe.

You will have to make certain to patch your MCE up to SP2, unless you have
MCE 2005.Brian Williams

i am considering buying Xpress Pro, but have concerns about system
requirements. I have a machine running Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005.
Will Xpress Pro work with that?

In the description for the product it states that everything is included in
the box (Including the Win Xp Pro). Does anyone know if that's true?

Thanks for your help.

No.

and no.

In short, it is not supported. Note that Brian Williams is an Avid support
engineer. You can (maybe) get it to work by manually shutting down certain
services. If you can't get it to work, please do not come back here and ask
why.

so it s not easy to tell...i think it wont be suported,and i hate that
window MCE that makes me crazy without giving me any avantage since i don t
use it s options and don t even know what they are...
anyone who could help me not to have to buy another 2000$ labtop??











Re: Windows XP Media Center Edition to Profession Upgrade not working

You will have to clean install, NOT upgrade.
--
Cari (MS-MVP)
Printing & Imaging



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oh thanks ! the first person who gives me an answer to the question!
of course i want to clean install!!! i d like to get rid of all all all any
MCE stuff.
sory for the user of that os...i just don t like it because i don t need
it.and it disturbs the only thing i have that computer for...editing.
hope it ll work to clean install xp pro...but thanks for you clear answer..X23


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"helpplease" wrote:

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Sort of off this subject but could someone give me the quick version of what
XP Media does or doesn't do compared to XP Home?  Will the Media version
still do word documents etc. like XP Home?  thanks


Re: Windows XP Media Center Edition to Profession Upgrade not working

MCE 2005is actually an application on top of a spectial version of XP
pro.The priciple XP pro function thjat is not supported is Domain
registration. All applications such as MD office or MS Word work just like
they do on either XP Pro or XP Home.

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Re: Windows XP Media Center Edition to Profession Upgrade not work

Not wanting to be rude but...

Why do people buy a computer system with windows MCE and then say they don't
need the features??????
Sorry it just does not make any sense to me.

"JW" wrote:

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Re: Windows XP Media Center Edition to Profession Upgrade not work

You can actually buy a MCE machine for less than an XP Pro only machine
since MC charges less for the MCE license which includes XP Pro - Domain
support then for a full XP Pro license.  If they then have access to an
available unused XP Pro license they can replace MCE with the standard XP
Pro.
I believe that the OP of this thread, however, does not realize that if he
that he can upgrade his MCE OS to use standard XP Pro and not loose MCE.
I understand that there are ways to hack MCE to provide domain support but I
do not have a link to say how.

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"JW" wrote:

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Thanks for the quick reply, but what is Domain registration and how would
not having it affect the computer if say I wanted to access the internet or
buy or sell on ebay?  thanks
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Re: Windows XP Media Center Edition to Profession Upgrade not work

Domains contain "groups" of server computers and employee desktops that
share certain services and are used in business to help manage their users.
Thre is not need for Domains in a home environment.  There is no effect on
Internet and e-bay access or on you email.by not being part of a Domain.
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