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Alienware XP Media Center 2005 Fiasco, assistance required

Q: Alienware XP Media Center 2005 Fiasco, assistance required

Hi all,

I am currently using winxp media 2005 on a system bought from Alienware. It has had issues since day one, including, No windows updates, no way to disable chkdsk, no back up copy for any software or hardware driver/programs, and perhaps the worst, the lack of ability to use the system restore disk(my system restore is disabled and cannot be turned on, so Im scared to attempt to use my restore disk) All menu's related to the above mentioned problems simply seem to do nothing, I can go in and click to enable/disbale interact with them, but nothing changes. I know you are thinking I should contact Alienware, but they have voided my warrenty, so Im stuck.

In case you are wondering, when I first recieved my computor, it was crashing to blue screen (the first time i turned it on untill I called them the next day). After calling tech support one of the alienware reps had me open the case while on the phone with him, and pop my video cards in and out to resolve a possible heat issue.

Well, I was informed later that because I opened the case that all warrenties and tech support are null and void. So.. Im stuck. I'm over it now, I went round and round with them, and ultimately I simply cant afford to fight it in court.

What I was looking for here was recomendations or some guidance in replacing my OS. Im cautious because Alienware uses a modfied version of it's OS and I dont want to encounter issues with my hardware due to Alienwares settings and modifications. Not to mention I paid close to 5,000 for the comp and it cannot be replaced at this time. I am running a web based business atm and I simply cannot function properly with these issues.

If anyone could give me a walk through or advice on wiping my hard drive and replacing the OS, I'd be grateful. I've done it before in the past, but due to the investment in my current machine, frankly Im a bit terrified and expert advice would help a great deal.

A: Alienware XP Media Center 2005 Fiasco, assistance required

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When surfing the internet, I get pop up messages every few seconds that direct me to the following urls:



There were a few other addresses but they don't load.

This happens roughly every 10-15 seconds regardless of browser (I'm using Firefox 3.0.5), but they stop coming after a few minutes of remaining on the same page. I think they're triggered by entering a new page, after which they come en masse. I've run SpyBot, AdAware, and MacAfee but the problem still persists.

Thank you for your help.


Here's the HiJackThis Logfile:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 6:45:09 PM, on 1/11/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP3 (6.00.2900.5512)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\aawservice.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
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I've just completed a new PC and installed XP Media Center 2005. I went to the Microsoft website and installed all available updates--even non critical ones.

My problem is that when I try to install WMP 11 I receive the "OS not recognized" error and directions to download Rollup 2 from the Microsoft website. However, this download is not listed on the update website as needing to be installed. I'm also certain it's not installed after checking the installed update list on Add/Remove software.

After trying to update with Windows Update several times, I attempted to use the third disc (called XP Media Center 2005 Updates) to see if there was something else needing to be installed. When I attempt to extract the files, I receive this error: .NET Framework 1.1 and .NET Framework 1.1 SP1 must be installed before you can continue with the update to Windows XP Media Center Ed 2005. Please go to the Windows UPdate to install the required software then try again."

Another visit to Windows Update just informs me that I do not require any updates.

Any suggestions would be a huge help.


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is there a way to get a copy of Windows XP Media Center 2005 for no cost?
I have a (Acer Incorporated) Certificate of Authenticity with Product Key but no software.

If acer were to do it they would need me to send pc to them and they would put the image back on.
contact Microsoft?

when i upgraded to Vista (wel just before i did) i contacted Acer (my PC manufacturer) for my E700 Pentium D 2.8Ghz, 1GB Ram (now 2GB) and 160GB C: & D: portioned HDD, and asked them how to burn restore disks as they don't provide them anymore, they wouldn't tell me how to burn my XP Media Centere Edition 2005 OS, so i went ahead to install vista, maybe that was a stupid thing but i'm not experiencing any problems. Would the image be still on the HDD somewhere????

i have access to Windows XP Driver for my system which i've downloaded and burnt on CD.

A:Xp Media Center 2005

is there a way to get a copy of Windows XP Media Center 2005 for no cost?You have to send it in for re-imaging or cd's if they offer them. Cannot get it for free as I would assume you wiping out your recovery partition is not covered under any warranty.

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i have a Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2ZS Platinum. it comes with a remote. i am wondering if i can use the sound cards front bay and remote as a way to control Windows Media Center Edition 2005 wierlessly.

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Just built a new system and loaded Media Center 2005. After checking everything, I noticed that under the file system there are two windows folders. One folder is named c:\Windows the other folder is named c:\windows 0.0. Everything is working fine.
Does anyone know why there are two seperate window folders. Both are identical.

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Media center 2005 is corrupt and I need to reinstall it. I cannot install it from my installation disk
because I have installed Microsoft.NET Sp 3.

A:Media Center 2005

The version of .NET installed doesn't matter. You just boot from the disk, and reinstall.

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does anyone know how to remove program files from media center-my pictures. I tried to move pictures there but instead moved some program files. Is there a way to remove them from media center my pictues and have not them removed from there orginal location, without any damage to them?


A:media center 2005

gggreg said:

does anyone know how to remove program files from media center-my pictures. I tried to move pictures there but instead moved some program files. Is there a way to remove them from media center my pictues and have not them removed from there orginal location, without any damage to them?

thanksClick to expand...

you should be able to go to the My Pictures folder and move the program folders out.

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I'm getting a really nice $2000 Dell Dimension 8400 on December 8th, and it comes with Windows Media Center 2005. Anyways, I was wondering if it had the same features of XP Pro, but with the extra media features. Thanks in advance.

A:XP Media Center 2005 vs XP Pro

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Hi all,

I am purchasing a new PC and although I have read up on this, I havn't found the specific answer that I am looking for.

I just want to know if Win. Media Center 2005 is an extension of XP.


-Is WMC2005 the same exact OS as XP home, but with added functionallity for handling ones media?

-If it is not, what are the differences?

I know what WMC2005 handles as far as image editing, music handling, etc... all im concerned about is if I purchase a PC with WMC2005, will it have the same functionallity as XP Home?

If anyone knows of any articles that deal with this question, I would appreciate that as well.

thanx in advance.


A:Win. XP vs. Win. Media Center 2005

Hi there,Th following link should be able to give you an insight: is personal advice would be to hold the horses for a while and see how it pans out a isn't cheap after all. Big SmilesHS

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Has anyone here had experience with both of these OSs? If so, and if you were ordering a new computer, which one would you choose? TIA.

A:XP Pro vs. XP Media Center Edition 2005?

I use XP Home. But to my knowledge, Media Center Edition is built on Pro, so just has more cool features.

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I am running media center 2002 SP3 and want to upgrade to MCE2005 so that I can use my 360 as an extender. Can anyone help with an upgrade.

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I am new to this forum and need some help on the installation of my Windows Media center 2005 edition.

I have installed this on a ASUS P4C800-E delux w/ a P4 3,2 G processor w/ ASUS 9600 Video card and 300G SATA HD and a Hauppauge dual tuner. I have connected my TV with S-VHS.

Every think regarding Windows XP is working fine but as soon as I activate Media center the screen goes blank. I have already tried several different resolutions. Currently I am using 800x600 which gives in windows the best picture on my TV.

The strange thing is that if I hit ctrl-alt-del to actived the task manager I can see media center working in the background but as soon as I minimize the task manager the screen goes blank again. Sometimes it shows a decoder error saying that there is a videodecoder problem and I should restart MC or reboot the computer I have done this several times but it does not help.

When I initialy installed WIndows XP and MC I used a flatscreen monitor and on there every thing was working fine. Then when I brought it down and connected it to my TV the problems started.

ANy help would be appriciated especially.

Best Regards
The Basket

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I have just installed windows media center 2005, when I watch, record tv or listen to the radio, the sound starts to stutter, then in the tv area, the picture will jump, and then freeze. even if I record a tv show, then try to watch it, it does the same thing. if I watch a video that I downloaded from my digital movie cam, it plays just fine.

A:Windows Media Center 2005

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I don't know much about computers, but any help would be appreciated VERY much, I will try to provide as much information as you may need, just ask.

I have a HP Pavillion a143on / Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005.

Last night, I turned off my computer and when I woke up this morning to turn it on, it wouldn't even boot or turn on. I tried unplugging all the plugs and replugging it back in, it still would not turn on at all. The monitor turns on fine, just not the computer itself.

Please help.

A:XP Media Center Edition 2005 Help.

and welcome to the Forum

What exacty happens when you turn it on? Do you hear fans and/or drives spinning up?

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I used maleware bytes to remove several trojans my son had picked up on my computer. It removed them all except two. Said I had to restart to remove those two. When I did, I got the bsod saying windows error, windows has shut dow to prevent damage. After 4 times of restarting, it now skips that screen and gives me a message saying windows could not start because file is missing or corrupt. Windows root system32\hal.dll. Please reinstall a copy.

This thing with not boot up in any mode. Safe mode, will not go back to last known good configuration, nothing. My media center disk will not work. It got wet. I burned a copy of hal.dll, but, it will not open it or do anything when I put it in and turn the machine on.

Is there anything I can do?

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i have an HP Media Center PC w/ P4 3 GHz, 512MB ram, ATI Radeon X300 SE graphics card, etc. the problem is that recently my computer, equipped with Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 w/ SP2, started crashing about a week ago, now it has got to a point where i am getting crashes now up to about 2 times a day. i have no idea what it can be. it doesnt happen when i start a program or anything. it usually happens while i am away from my computer. i recently did virus and spyware scans but they do not detect anything. any help is greatly appreciated. thanks

A:XP Media Center 2005 Crashes!

Run HiJack This and post the log file.
You can get HijackThis from here:

when you open the program, click scan and then click Save Log when the scan is complete.

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i have the media center 2005 on CD, is it possible to install on my computer even tho windows xp pro is already installed?

A:windows media center 2005

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Hey guys

I have a question that came to me as I'm getting ready to fix my friends dell pc that has xp media center 2005 on it with all current os updates. I need to run sfc on my friends pc and it has sp3 and I got the dell oem xp media center 2005 with sp2 intergrated. Will sfc work using this disk to fix damaged or corrupted files on the pc? Or do I need to do something like slip stream sp3 to a disk?

I found some guides to do it and I have everyting ready but the site if found says its not recomended by microsoft for this os and if this is true than how do I fix these messed up files. This pc is really acting up and updates like a sevice pack wont install for netframework, mozila fire fox keeps updating every time its used and things wont show up in the task bar like the safly eject option when you plug in a usb flash drive. I'd rather fix the os with sfc and such cause its constintly in use durring the day and an os reinstall would wipe out all the files that might be needed at a later time.

A:Xp media center 2005 question

To run 'SFC' the CD must contain exactly the same version of Windows as the version you want to check/repair, so that Dell CD can't be used.

You can instead perform a factory recovery on the "messed up" PC. This will restore the original factory installation. Read the PC user manual which should contain instructions on how to do this, as it varies according to make & model.

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Hi, I just got a Xbox 360 and I wanted to connect to my computer to stream media files. I found out that my hp media center pc (894c) is running Windows Media Center 2004 and I need Windows Media Center 2005 (I cannot even download Windows Media Player 11). Is it possible to upgrade to the 2005 version if I bought the new operating system while still maintaining all of my files? Or will I need to reformat everything? Would I have the necessary hardware for the 2005 version? Thanks

A:Windows Media Center 2005

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I don't know why but I'm getting the errors shown in the links below

I have Media Center 2005 on my Sony Vaio laptop.

How do I fix this?

A:media center 2005 errors

According to from microsoft:

These problems may occur in the following scenario:1. Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 is reinstalled or updated in such a way that certain .NET Framework files are retrograded.
2. Update Rollup 2 is installed.
In this scenario, the problem occurs because the wrong version of the Mscoree.dll file is installed on the computer. Update Rollup 2 requires Mscoree.dll version 1.1.4322.2032 or a later version.

Note The Mscoree.dll file is installed in the following folder:

To resolve this problem, install Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 Service Pack 1, and then reinstall Update Rollup 2 for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005:1. Install the .NET Framework 1.1 Service Pack 1 by downloading the Microsoft .NET Framework Version 1.1 Service Pack 1 Redistributable Package. To do this, visit the following Microsoft Download Center Web site: (
2. Reinstall Update Rollup 2 for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. To do this, visit the following Microsoft Download Center Web site: (

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Best to ask the experts first, right, so I'll try to keep it short. I'm competent with XP, but no master. Problem with my Media Center.

I'm running XP Media Center Edition 2005. I have the installation discs. I have run MCERepair_0.2 to no avail. I have run sfc /scannow. No joy.

I suspect an overheated video card (found in event viewer) and subsequent forced shutdown of the system has corrupted some registry entries/shortcuts with media center. It was recording at night when the overheating occurred. The video card issue is now repaired, and media center worked perfectly beforehand.

Now, certain media center menu options have stopped responding. Specifically, the "more programs" menu and "online spotlight". The links to Creative Sound Blaster, Weather, Nvidia, Nero are still shown, but when I clik on them or use the remote, it "thinks" for a second as if loading, but then returns to the same screen without loading the programs. A loop.

My TV, My Music, My Pictures, My Videos shortcuts still work. It is only these two menu options that have stopped functioning, as if their shortcuts are missing or corrupted. I could care less about online spotlight, but the options now unavailable from the "more programs" list is annoying.

Is there a way to rebuild these shortcuts or is any of this familiar??

If not, I'm aware I can't re-install JUST the media center, and I'll be forced to re-install the OS from m... Read more

A:Corrupt Media Center 2005


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Whats this post about? Trying to run the SFC utility on this step child of XP pro.
First of all in my copy of MCE 2005 in the system properties lists the OS as MCE 2002,
and in the system tools\system information applet it lists the OS as XP pro sp2 now whets up with that Microsoft?

Well lets get back to the point. What happens for me when I run SFC is that I keep getting a pop up dialog box
asking for XP pro disk 2 , however there is of course no such disk. XP keeps its compressed setup files stored on the cd
in the i386 folder.MCE however is not an over the counter OS its installed by OEM manufactures.
I think it comes on a three disk set, but these are not provided with the system.

A recovery partition, and or a set of recovery CD/DVDs are created by the user to restore the system back to the
original condition if the need ever arises .OEM vendors usually store a copy of the i386 folder on the hard drive somewhere.
But MCE has two i386 folders! Most XP users are not aware of that.The second one is stored at C:\CMPNENTS\MEDIACTR\i386. This is disk 2 yes the one that SFC is asking for.

The media center extenders are stored there.Microsoft didn?t rewrite the SFC utility to reflect this difference with XP
,and there is no browse button on the popup dialog box to redirect SFC to the correct location for the files it needs. What to do about it?

First copy the i386 folder from the CD/DVD to your hard drive if its not already ... Read more

A:Windows Media Center 2005 and SFC

I'm not even going to attempt to read that. Break that beast up into some smaller paragraphs for the reading sake of the rest of us.

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Hi everyone. The problem I am about to explain has been with me for three long days. I am trying to get my tv tuner--Hauppauge WinTv PVR PCI II--T to work with the IR blaster and the receiver. I would like to receive the extended basic channels, such as 133,173, and so on. When I first brought the tv tuner card(one year ago) it worked fine. The card still works and the ir blaster is working, but I cannot get the channels to change in Windows XP Media Center. I receive channels via channel 4. As long as I keep the tv on channel, I use the remote and I can view any channel. The reason I need to record shows on WMC instead of the DVR for show conflicts. Is there any way I can get the WMC remote to change the channels? Any help will be appreciated. deanie44

WindowsXP Professional SP3
Philips DVD+RW DVD8801
1.99 of Ram
Media Center Home Edition 2005
Nvidia GeForce FX 5200
Hauppauge WinTv dual tuner card
Hauppauge WinTv HVR-1250

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Hello all, I'm a new guy here.
My problem is that the XP Media Center Edition 2005 cannot start.
This is an OEM installation on a Sony VAIO PCG-7N2L / VGN-FE660G laptop running Intel Centrino Duo T2300. Hitachi Travelstar disk, 100GB, Model HTS541010G9SA00 100GB 5400RPM SATA. Phoenix BIOS. 1GB (2x 512MB) NNNIX RAM.
What happened is that the laptop is left running overnight for around 10 hours. It was quite hot this morning so I shut it down by pressing (and holding) the power button.
Three hours later when I tried to boot, it gave me this:
"We are sorry for the inconvenience but XP was not able to start up hardware or software may have caused this problem..." then it says something about a power shortage. Sorry, my memory is limited.
It does not give any error code.
I tried (and failed) the following:
*Safe mode
*Safe mode with networking
*Safe mode with command prompt
*Last known good config
*Start normally
The two last options lead me to the Windows boot screen with the rolling bar. After a few seconds, a BSoD appears very briefly (just a blue flash) and it goes back to the "We are sorry for the inconvenience..." screen.
I had some problems with an old VGN-S170 before, but never once when the Safe Mode is gone with it too.
VAIO does have a built-in recovery program (which still works). However, there is important, un-backed up data on the disk.
I believe this is not a BIOS/motherboard/RAM problem, for that I have another Sony VAIO... Read more

A:XP Media Center 2005 cannot start

Put the problem hard drive in a external USB hard drive enclosure to try and copy your data off to another PC.

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I need a download for Media center. My buddy wants me to reformat his HD and he doesn't have a disk, but has the license keys on the computer. Please let me know where I can download XP media center 2005.

A:Windows XP media center 2005

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Hi guys,
My friend has brought me their Advent laptop which is quite old. It has been throwing up an 'Unmountable Volume' error and I need to access the recovery console to do a CHKDSK...
Problem is I do not have the CD for that OS. Does anyone know where I could get an ISO that would allow me to run the Recovery Console on that machine. Even a reinstall as i have the product key.
I had a copy of Xp but when it tries to load setup files it throws up pci.sys error??? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Many thanks

A:Windows XP Media Center 2005



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I just did a fresh install of Windows media center 2005 on my dell laptop. When I go to reboot it stops after all the programs close and will not go any further. The only things loaded in the laptop are windows media center 2005 with all up dates including sp3 and norton system works 2007... any ideas???

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I lost access to my PC via the XBOX 360 ,so disconnected the PC from the 360 Also lost ALL my music files but none of my pic files Tried to reconnect using Xbox pcsetup ,received a message to uninstall the updates for MC ,Now I can't reinstall MC Rollup2 or any other MC updates any Ideas why ?......Jim
No Joy There !

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ok some of the options in (Media Center 2005) need java, so i did what it told me and loaded the newest jave it sent me too and now when i try to use Media Center its telling me that it needs java to work and i know i have it in my pc i looked and its there but Media Center dont see it why?????

and i allso have a InterVideo MSIPVS card i have my cable on the card and works fine but Media Center dont see that either

A:2005 xp with Media Center (java) ?

no one knows ??? come on

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so it just disappearedsome time ago and I really need it, is there any where i can get it for free?

A:Windows Media Center 2005

Windows Media Center is a part of your operating system.

Are you sure it's missing ??? ... C:\WINDOWS\ehome\ehshell.exe

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If I would try to put Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 on my computer would it run?

I have a:
1.4 GHz processor
768 MB or Ram
nVidia video card
(About the HDTV tuner your supposed to have for it I'm planning on buying one)

Despite what Microsoft claims about the requirements, would it run?

I do know there wrong about the XP Home requirements. I installed XP on a 150 Mhz processor with 160 MB of ram and it runs fine.

A:Windows XP Media Center 2005

Popit said:

If I would try to put Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 on my computer would it run?

I have a:
1.4 GHz processor
768 MB or Ram
nVidia video card
(About the HDTV tuner your supposed to have for it I'm planning on buying one)

Despite what Microsoft claims about the requirements, would it run?

I do know there wrong about the XP Home requirements. I installed XP on a 150 Mhz processor with 160 MB of ram and it runs fine.Click to expand...

Yes it should run fine as long as it is a retail or oem Microsoft Version of media center and not a branded HP or Dell i.e. that only work on those.

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I don't know much about computers, but any help would be appreciated VERY much, I will try to provide as much information as you may need, just ask.

I have a HP Pavillion a143on / Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005.

Last night, I turned off my computer and when I woke up this morning to turn it on, it wouldn't even boot or turn on. I tried unplugging all the plugs and replugging it back in, it still would not turn on at all. The monitor turns on fine, just not the computer itself.

Please help.

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I am looking to get a new PC and am looking for something without VISTA installed, I am looking on, and see that they offer some with Windows XP Media Center 2005 as the OS...Is there a big difference between Media Center and XP Home Edition? I just want to make sure before I consider purchasing...Thanks...

A:Windows Xp Media Center 2005

No, there's not a whole bunch of difference - and that can be made up with an assortment of freeware apps that will (IMO) work even better than the stuff included in MCE>

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Hi Folks,
I've tried and failed to keep Microsoft Messenger from running in the System Tray as a startup executible. First I removed it from the startup tasks in MSCONFIG, and then with both CCleaner and Autoruns. But it keeps on coming back upon the reboot. I'm stuck.

I don't use it for anything that I know of so how do I make it stop? Registry edits?


A:Windows Media Center 2005

Windows Messenger runs from several of the Microsoft programs. Most commonly it's launched from Windows and from Outlook or Outlook Express. I'd check the options for each and every Microsoft program that you have installed to see if it's starting from there.

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Last Friday I reinstalled XP Media Center 2005 and my other programs. I reloaded all my software and data and TV programs saved on an external drive. All seemed to go well till I recorded some TV programs this past weekend. The programs have no sound but have the audio typed on the screen. The TV programs reinstalled from the external drive are ok and have sound. Can anyone tell me what is wrong ? I will hate to do another reinstall as I do not have space on my external drive for all I recorded, " All In the Family" shows. Anyone got any suggestions to this dilemma?


A:Solved: Sound on Media Center 2005 is gone

As far as I know, teletext comes up automatically if WinMCE is left in a muted state. So all you should have to do is start the media center, un-mute the sound, then close the media center. It won't help the past recordings, but future ones should have sound.

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What do you think about it .
I will employ it on next time .
Is it good .

A:Windows media center editor 2005

Havent used it nor have I had one in the shop for repairs yet

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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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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 am unable to install my zune software due to compatibility issues with Media Center. I have Ver. 5.1.2700.2180 and still having issues. Please Help I'm a Music Junkie --- Thanks

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I am trying to find out if Windows XP Media Center 2005 is a 32bit or 64bit system.I am using "System Mechanic" to recovery from a "blue screen" but
the disk cannot be run unless you know if it's 32bit or 64bit it prompts that there could be irepairable damage done if the wrong one is chosen. As my computor is totally down, I cannot get into "system properties" to check. have a Gateway4010 Machine

A:32bit or 64bit on XP media center 2005?

XP MCE only shipped in 32-bit.


I would not trust System Mechanic to fix your computer. It can easily make matters worse for you. There is a lot of free help here that is more than willing to diagnose and repair your PCs problems.

Tell us some more about the problem you are having and we'll get you back up and running. We won't break anything! System Mechanic... it might... (read this review:

I take it you can't even get into Windows by your description (have you tried Safe Mode?). Start your computer and tell us how far you get in the boot process and the exact contents of any error you may see (like a blue screen- write down all of the numbers and everything listed. Those are meaningful codes).

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I'm stump in what to do in upgrading to Vista, i unfortunately had to get a new PC 3 weeks ago so i got XO Media Center 2005 on it..........I presume i need Home Premium of Vista to match what i have don't i?

Windows Vista Home Premium
Recommended system requirements
1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor

1 GB of system memory

40 GB hard drive with at least 15 GB of available space

Support for DirectX 9 graphics with:

WDDM Driver

128 MB of graphics memory (minimum)

Pixel Shader 2.0 in hardware

32 bits per pixel

DVD-ROM drive

Audio Output

Internet access (fees may apply)

with those reccomended requirements listed above from Microsoft what do i need to do to get good performance from Vista?

me system specs are:

Pentium D 2.8Ghz
1GB ram
256 mb Intergrated graphics (supports PCI graphics)
160GB hardrive (7200rpm) split to C & D but C: has 60GB free space.....
DVD Dual Layer

Internet Access, audio output...

i don't understand pixel shader.....can anyone tell me what that is and would i have it on a last year model PC??????

I have a thing on side of PC saying Designed for Windows XP then it has in black "Windows Vista Capable"

i want 2GB ram for Vista for a start so programs have a bit of ram to run with.......

Because i have a store factory PC with no software CDs for drivers and windows, would my only option be to upgrade only?

Am i better off saving money in keeping Office 2003 than upgrading to 2007???? as 2003 suppots the new file form... Read more

A:Upgrading From Xp Media Center 2005 To Vista

You do not have Pixel Shader 2.0. Few integrated graphics chips do. You will still be able to run Vista fine, you just won't get the AeroGlass interface. Have a look here.

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Hello! I have a Windows XP Media Center Edition install disk with a LEGAL key. I want to install it on a laptop with a SATA hard drive. I Google'd around, and I found out about this Nlite thing. I tried it 3 seperate times, and I get BSOD'd every time! HELP!!

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium , 64 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) II P340 Dual-Core Processor, AMD64 Family 16 Model 6 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2810 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD M880G with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 , 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 204799 MB, Free - 163862 MB;
Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard, 1444, 69.25, P X210 01 1Z ZL MU4
Antivirus: AVG Internet Security 2011, Updated and Enabled

A:XP Media Center Edition 2005 on Sata HDD...

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Video error files needed to display video are not installed or not working correctly

A:Window media center edition xp 2005

Not sure I understand what you mean... Is there an error coming up? If so, what does it say exactly?

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My PC's operating system is Windows XP Media Center, 2002 version. I read an article in PCMagazine about installing the new Windows Media Player 11. I downloaded the file and tried to install. But, I received an error that said I needed to have Media Center Version 2005, Rollup 2 installed. Before I can install the Rollup, I understand I have to upgrade my version 2002 to 2005. I have not located a procedure to do that. Does anyone have an idea how to upgrade Windows XP Media Center Version 2002 to 2005?

Thank you.

A:Windows XP Media Center 2002 to 2005

Well, I'm replying to myself. After looking around further, it appears that the only way I can upgrade to Windows xp Media Center Version 2005 is to purchase a new PC with that operating system installed. Nuts!

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Hi, this is just a quick question:
What is the boot.ini file for XP Media Center Edition 2005 supposed to say?

I need to find this out because I am trying to install Service Pack 3, and have been told that the reason this is not working is because I used a program called TuneUp Utilities 2009 to make it show a different image on the boot screen, which has led the boot.ini file to change to:

"[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Media Center Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect /TUTag=V5SK9I /Kernel=TUKernel.exe
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Media Center Edition (TuneUp Backup)" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect /TUTag=V5SK9I-BAK

I have tried and failed to edit this under vague instruction from elsewhere, which caused the system to not boot properly - had to go into Safe Mode and change it back, so I thought I'd come and ask someone who'd know what exactly the file would have said before TuneUp altered it.

Also, does the empty bottom line make a difference to whether the file works? (If I don't know this I will probably find a way to do it wrong if you give me the correct text; at least then I won't come back complaining that your perfectly good advice failed.)

A:boot.ini file for Media Center 2005?

This would be the default:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Media Center Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
Make sure there are no spaces at the start of any line.

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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.) 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 have never used NTBackup, but it appears to offer the ability to do incremental backups.You can always download/install NTBackup, NTBackup in XP - Louis

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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?
Click to expand...

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.

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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This weekend, I was building a new computer, and I had ordered XP MCE 2005 from Everything was going fine in the installation until it asked me for the SP2 disc, which I did not have one, and none came with the software package. Assuming I could just get on the internet and download it after I was done installing, I hit cancel in the box where it asked for that CD, and the installation continued. Computer restarted, and XP started loading. It comes up, there's nothing on the desktop besides the recycling bin, there's no IE (well, there's a link in the Start Menu, but no IE picture and the link leads nowhere), and there's other various links that lead nowhere/file is corrupt/missing. I was wondering if this was all because I didn't have the SP2 disc, or if there's something wrong with my software?? I was thinking that I should try uninstalling XP, and reinstalling it with a SP2 disc I made on another computer. I'm assuming all the SP2 disc needs on it is the .exe file that stars the installation process, but if that's wrong, help would be appreciated on that. Help would be appreciated in general! Thank you.

A:Reinstalling XP Media Center Edition 2005

I suppose the surprise is that a product badged "2005" didn't come with SP2 slipstreamed or included in the code. I doubt that a download would suffice now but you could acquire am MS CD which they include in a number of magazines and install from that. Probably best to format, start again and have that CD ready when prompted.

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cltmng.exe won't respond and must choose end now to shut down. How do and should I remove it.\

A:I have a Gateway w/XP Media Center Edition 2005

You don't want it to respond. It's associated with the Conduit virus. I suggest you re-post this query in the "Am I Infected" section of the forum here:
The experts there are qualified to offer help & advice. A moderator, if in agreement, may move this to that section for you.

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I am now having problems with my Media Center 2005. I have had my computer for 3 years and never had this problem. Now when I open MC I get:

ehExtHost.exe - Common Language Runtime Debugging Services
Application has generated an exception that could not be handled

Process id=0xd74 (3444), Thread id=0xf98 (3992)

Ok - Term
Cancel - Debug.

Then after that when I go to MY TV and try to watch Live TV or Recorded TV I get:

Video Error - Files needed to display video are not installed or not working correctly. Please restart MC or Computer.

I have do this several times and it still does not work.

A few weeks ago I was having issues and came to the Board with them, if that will help to look at that thread and see if that has anything to do with what is going on.

Please Help!!!

A:Video Error Media Center 2005

hello ,

do you have your Windows Xp software installation cd/dvd / not the restore cd's that normally get shiped with some sytems

If you do

performing a (sfc) system file checker

It is a scan that checks the core files of the (os) operating system and replaces then if they are corrupt or missing with the correct original version


#1 then select (run) , then press enter
a window will open
#2 type in ( cmd ) then press enter
another window will open
#3 type in ( sfc )then press enter
another window will open
#4 type in (sfc /scannow ) then press enter ( notice the space between the (sfc & /)
now a scan will start , have your (Windows XP software disk ready ) your pc may ask for this disc when it starts or during the scan( so you must sit with the pc while this scan functions ) , if it does then incert the cd into one of your cd/rom/player's , your pc will then reconnize it and continue , you will then have to minimize the splash screen for the cd to see the scan , when the scan is finished you will need to close the cd and all open windows , then remove the cd

you will then need to do a ( Disk Cleanup ) , then empty the caches & temp files thru the (Internet Options) , then do a defrag

then reboot , then reboot / restart your pc

then do a defrag again after the reboot

then get back to us


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Hi all,
I've got Windows Media Center 2005 on my desktop system and I've got a new laptop with Vista Home Premium, which includes Media Center. I need to be able to record TV shows on either computer and then copy the file from one computer to the other and view the program on the other system.

This seems to work fine when I record a TV show on the Vista laptop and then copy the file onto the Media Center 2005 desktop. I'm able to view the TV show on the desktop. But it does not seem to work when I record a TV show on the Media Center 2005 desktop, copy the file onto the Vista laptop, and then try and view it. I get the message that the Media Center on Vista that it doesn't recognize the file format.

Does this make sense? I would have thought that the file format would be recognizable in either Media Center, whether Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 or Vista Home Premium.

I'd appreciate any thoughts on this -- my goal particularly is to be able to record a show on the desktop and watch it on the laptop. Thanks much.

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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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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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My options for a new computer these days include Windows Media Center 2005, Xp Pro and XP home.

Does Media center restrict the number of computers on the network the way XP HOme does? Or can a pc running it do ok in a lan with 10+ computers?

I'm looking at a notebook pc and it would need to be able to connect to the network in our office which runs about 10 pc's already and they all have win xp pro.


A:Media Center 2005 & Networking Question

10 connected computers, just like XP-Pro. Media Center is basically XP-Pro under the covers.

Note that even though there are more than 10 computers in a workgroup, you don't necessarily connect to all of them, so this may not be an issue. Also, it's the shared resources that have the 10 computer limit, AFAIK, you can connect to any number of "servers" with XP-Pro.

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I tried installing WMP11, but it told me that I need Windows Media Center 2005 or higher. I got an older version of Windows Media Center.

Is there a way I can get WMP11?

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I am currently using a two-month old Dell computer with XP Media Center Edition 2004 (as OEM). Dell, and some other money-hungry companies are not offering an upgrade to MCE 2005 because "not all customers will qualify" (or something like that). There is apparently some issue with OEM drivers that will not be supported under MCE 2005, at least that's what I gather from Microsoft's website. I called Dell to ask if my system *could* be upgraded and that I would purchase the software myself (or upgrade from Microsoft). After verifying my model, hard drive, graphics card, and memory, Dell tech support said that my computer handle the upgrade. I feel uneasy about this--shouldn't he have asked about more than just that hardware? Finally, is there a program available yet that can automatically detect your hardware drivers to see if they will be compatible with MCE 2005? Or can I just post my hardware profile here and get a response? Thanks to all who reply, your dedication is truly appreciated.

A:Upgrading to Media Center Edition 2005

I'm not really up to date on MCE 04 or 05, but I'm curious: Why upgrade?

Is MCE04 insufficient? Does MCE05 offer any real improvements?

More for my own edification ... but I would check out MS Media Center Home for starters.

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Hi, I have a laptop with XP media center 2005 on it. recently it started crashing and restarting for no reason so i decided to try a xp repair on it however i was unable 2 find the media center cd so i decided to use an xp professional cd i have for my main computer. I now realize that it will overwrite my media center operating system and install xp professional over the top. I dont want to lose any data! Is it possible to carry on the xp professional installation and keep my data seeing that i selected a xp repair? Thanks for any help in advance.

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I had a number of issues with my PC so I took it to a repair shop and they did a complete restore, changed the motherboard and removed my Graphics Card so I am functioning on an internal one (although I have the Graphics Card to hand). I had to download and install everything back ie MS Office, Adobe etc and I had at least 200 Windows Updates!

Everything seems to be working fine now except my MC which is the main reason I purchased the PC! There is no option for "My TV" on start up so I went to Settings>TV and I get the following message:

The tuner hardware is either malfunctioning or not installed. Please ensure that both the tuner hardware and a valid tuner hardware driver are installed.

I contacted the repair shop and they advised me that I need to download the software for the tuner because there are no errors indicated in Device Manager - helpful or what?!?!

A:Media Center 2005 Tuner Not Found

Ive just installed Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility

I changed it to the last one which indicates it is compatible with Media Center and I also downloaded Cyberlink PowerDVD 11 (trial) but its still not working. I also cant see it listed under Sound, Video and Game Controllers.

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Hello everyone,

I have a question, I have an older computer running windows xp media center 2005 and I was wondering if I could stream movies to a newer computer with windows 7. Thank you for any help you can give me.


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In the process of "upgrading" from SnapStream, Beyond TV to MCE 2005 ( at least I hope it is an upgrade . . . )

MCE will not play the old avi files that snapstream created . . Media Player will play them as will PowerDVD, so it would seem that I have the right codecs. I loaded Divx codecs and set PowerDVD as default player for all movie files, yet MCE refuses to play the avi ones.

Anyone had any luck getting MCE 2005 to play the avi format?


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Hey I bought a New Maxtor SATA 500GB Harddrive that has nothing on it so I have a New Microsoft Windows XP Media Center 2005 I bought back a whle ago well I have this HP Computer that is about 2 and a half years old that Had Microsoft Windows XP Media Center 2005 in it and it was Vista Capable. When I REPLACED My HP Samsung HardDrive with my New Maxtor 500GB Hard Drive and when I try to Install Windows XP Media Center 2005 Everything loads up right but when I get to the Part Where it askes me to Select A Partition There is nothing so I click enter then It brings me to a Error saying...

A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.

If ths is your first time you,ve seen this stop error screen, restart you computer.(I have seen this message several times already!) If this screen appears again, follow these steps:

Check to be sure you have adequate disk space. (Which I Do) If A driver is identified in the stop message, disable the driver or check with the manufacture for drive updates. Try changing video adapters.

Check with your Hardware vendoe for any BIOS updates. Disable BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing. If you need to use safe mode to remove or disable componets, restart your computer , Press F8 to select Advanced Startup Options, and then select safe mode.

Technical information:

*** STOP: 0x0000008E (0xc0000005,0xF74139A8,0xF6FD275C,0x00000000)

***setupdd.sys - Address base at F73EC000, DataStamp 41107... Read more

A:Windows XP Media Center 2005 Installing Problems!

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just bought a new gateway with windows media center 2005.Im very new at this and when i watch tv ts real fuzzy,but yetwhen i watch a dvd its very sharp is there any way i can change settings to make it clearer, heres all the specs i can think of giving.
processor, Intel pentium d cpu 3.00ghz 3000mhz

l2 cache 1024kb

memory 1012 MB

Video card Intel 82945G Express chipset Family

Mode 1024x768 with 32 bit color depth

just curious for any assistance not really a big deal but curious

A:Solved: windows media center 2005 tv tuner help

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Will my preinstalled programs in Windows Media Center 2005 such as Sonic DigitalMedia Home, Nortons Internet Security 2007 (well not really preinstalled), and my full version Microsoft Office 2003 Standard Ediiton still be in Vista when I upgrade it (Home Premium)?

A:Win Xp Media Center 2005 Upgrade To Vista Premium

You need to run the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor. Then you'll know for sure.

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Trying to reinstall Xp MCE 2005. I Have Xp pro installed now. Error at windows start as follows: Session 3 Initialization_Failed
0x0000006F (0xC0000020,0x00000000,0x00000000,0x00000000)

A:Reinstalling XP Media Center Edition 2005 Error

Hi try running a hdd diagnostic available from the hdd makers support site

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My computer just recently started running very slow when on and off of the internet. and you can hear the computer running and there is no programs running on the screen. any suggestions?

A:hp media center edition 2005 runs slow?

Hello & welcome to TSF,

follow this link

let us know

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Hi, I know I may be a little behind in the software updates, so please forgive me if this inquiry comes 2-3 years after the original problem has been solved. But my problem is this, when I keep trying to install the Microsoft XP Media Center 2005 Rollup 2 package it fails fairly quickly after start up when it tries to install "Microsoft XP hotfix (KB801593)" after this it shuts down my computer and reboots it to the restore point it makes right before installation.

I have been looking around and have determined that it has to do with incompatability with one or more other Microsoft updates ranging from Security updates to .NET updates. However, the answers I have found pertain to none of the updates on my specific machine. Any ideas or suggestions?

A:Microsoft XP Media Center 2005 Rollup 2 Crash;displaylang=enI suggest download from the above site and immediately installing same. <<...and have determined that it has to do with incompatability with one or more other Microsoft updates ranging from Security updates to .NET updates.>>Well...that might be plausible if such were contained in the rollup...but, from where I sit, it doesn't appear so to me.If you are talking about later updates (post-2005) that relate to MS.NET or whatever...I'm just curious as to how you made these deductions about refer to "Microsoft updates". That's a very broad spectrum. you read the information under More Information in the link directly above this question?Louis

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I have a P4 system that has a blown m/b in my possession. Once I replace the m/b I will want to reload the o/s ( I do have a valid key on the side of the machine) . I am a bit confised though about this media center s/w.

Do I install windows xp first and then media center or is media center a completely separate version of Xp ?

Either way where can I get the media center s/w ?

Thanks D.

A:Solved: Windows XP media center edition 2005

XP Media Center is a separate version. It's XP Pro with the ability to join a Domain disabled, plus the Media Center components added.
It's either on two CDs or one DVD.

The PC manufacturer should be able to provide you with a Re-install/Recovery disk. Some will send them for free, others charge a nominal fee ($10-$20).

If you have a key on the side of the unit, it sounds like this is an OEM system. In that case the only way you can re-use the key with a new motherboard is if the replacement board is the same model as the original, or is the model the OEM would supply as a warranty replacement, as OEM keys are tied to the Motherboard. If the replacement board doesn't meet that criteria, you'll need to purchase a new copy of Windows.

You can still find copies of XP MCE 2005 for sale online if you need to purchase a new copy and don't want to move up to Vista or Win7.

If the Motherboard is the same model, then a re-install shouldn't be needed.



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Any major issues to be conerned with upgrading from Windows Media Center 2004 Edition to 2005?


A:Upgrading from Media Center Edition 2004 to 2005...

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I am thinking of installing Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 onto my Windows XP Home Edition,

If need be, would it be possible to remove Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 off my PC and leave my OS as it was before?

A:Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 question

I would say no, Media Center Edition is an OEM only OS and can't be used to upgrade a previous OS and it may not even install on a system with an existing OS but you can sure give it a try.

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I used IE7 without any problems for many months UNTIL I had to just recently have Windows XP Media Center 2005 reinstalled for me (by a Dell technician) then when I updated IE6 to IE7 I began having awful problems with constant crashes for no apparent reason.

Sometimes IE7 will work for 10 or 20 minutes of constant browsing with multiple tabs then freeze, other times it wil freeze on the first page I open.

Neither Dell nor Microsoft have been able to help, despite numerous attempts. This has included disabling add-ons, uninstalling, reinstalling and so on.

Can anyone please suggest why reinstalling Windows XP Media Center 2005 then downloading the latest IE7 would cause this sudden unreliability and what I can do to overcome it?


A:[SOLVED] IE7 crashes after reinstalling Win XP Media Center 2005

Hello and welcome to TSf

try this:

Click Start, All programs, Accessories, System tools and click on Internet Explore (No Addons)

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I want to do a complete reinstall of my system. I have Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 and I have the CD with me right now. I don't care about the data I lose in-fact the reason I'm doing this is to remove any "bad stuff" that could possibly be on my computer. I've search Google to try to find info on how to do a reinstall but I'm concerned since I'm using the Media Center Edition that the instructions may be different for me since I'm using a rare version of Windows. I step by step process of how to reinstall my system would be very helpful.


A:How to reinstall Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

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I have anolder HP Pavilion PC running Windows Media Center Edition 2005 SP3. It is now causing some problems due to some corrupted files. I can reinstall the OS from Cnet, but I don't know if this will wipe my hard drive. Same quewstion re replacing it with XP Pro (I have a disc for that). I am very scared to try it because I have a few older programs which I will not be able to reload (eg Palm Desktop). Thanks!

A:Reinstalling Windows Media Center Edition 2005

In order to replace it with XP pro you would need an upgrade disk and a valid key.

I'm not sure how you can reinstall it via CNET, but Media Center is two disks. You can do a repair installation but it will be a pain. If you go that route make sure and have a full offline installation of IE 8 as IE will be broken right out of the box for just about any version of XP that is fully updated.

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I was recently given a laptop that is running media center on it. The reason it was given to me was because it wouldn't boot up. It kept saying that the system file was corrupt...
Anyways my buddy decided to try and fix it himself and found this article about it on the microsoft site
He went through part one of it and after a reboot it now asks for the password (there was not one on there before) I looked over the article he took the info from and it says not to do it on an OEM install because it is set up with passwords. So now I need to figure out what the password is. Would there be anyway to figure it out or is this just a lost cause?

A:Need help recovering password on windows media center 2005

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I have a HP Pavilion a1483w, this is my sons computer. I wiped the hard drive
and when i went to reinstall the os he informed me he could not find the os disc. Is there anywhere i can download a copy of this. His computer has a COA sticker. I downloaded a copy but was unable to get it to boot. I would like to find a bootable copy. It came with windows media center edition 2005. When i try to boot the cd all i get is a:\ and that all. I tried entering different drives example D: and it says invalad drive.

A:reinstalling windows xp media center edition 2005

hey, did you find a os cd with media center 05 on it? i have the product code, but no cd.. i REALLY need it! help! lol :)

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Ok, my dvd drive was working fine up until about 1 month ago when i turned on my HTPC and the dvd drive was not installed. So i tried to reinstall it, it tried and then says it can't be installed and shows a yellow circle with an exclamation point under device manager. So i tried a hard drive thinking it was the ide channel, hard drive worked, installed and i could use it. Tried a different dvd drive, same thing would not install. Reinstalled the chipset drivers and still nothing. Connected a cd rw drive and it worked fine.

So i am confused, how is it that it won't install a dvd drive but it will install a cd rom drive?
And i already removed the upper and lower filters from the registry and it did nothing.
I've done everything but reformat, and i dont' want to if its not going to work.

Computer Specs:
Windows Media Center 2005
1x 74gb Rapter for OS
4x 500gb Western Digital Raid 1 for storage
Asus A8N SLI Premium Socket 939
AMD 64 FX 53 Cpu 2.4GHz

Pleas Help..........................

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I recently came across my old Gateway computer. It was running Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. However, when I tried to load it up, it didn't work. More specifically, it froze just before it loaded the Windows XP logo. So, I tried starting it up with safe mode, and I saw that it had stuck on loading "isapnp.sys". What can I do to fix this?

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Hi Everyone:

I recently had an experience with a Customer's Sony Vaio VGN-N160G laptop rebuild I'd like to share with everyone here.

Customer brought in laptop that had a bad hard drive in it, so no Recovery Partition was available. I replaced the hdd and set about rebuilding it. Customer stated that they did not have the original Recovery Discs for it, so I set about rebuilding it manually.

I utilized all of the XP and XP Pro generic and OEM discs I had available including a Vaio Recovery set for a newer Vaio laptop and Dell XP Recovery discs.

None of these worked; and the best I could do was reload XP with the downloaded Factory drivers for the N160G from the Sony website. I had 8 unrecognized devices in device manager including chipset, audio, video, and Internet.

Since the laptop was made in 2005, I looked up the specs on the laptop, and it turns out it was a "Vista Ready" laptop; so I got the bright idea of trying to install from the Microsoft factory Vista Home Basic disc I bought for one of my other computer but was no longer being used.

This went pretty well, and I only had 2 drivers undetected in Device Manager in Vista. After installing all the Vista drivers from the same Sony site I used to get the XP drivers, I still had the 2 undetected devices.

Getting a flash of inspiration, I went to eBay and tried ordering one of those Restore Discs with a driver installation program and database on them for $10 U.S. to search out and find the newes... Read more


Nice outcome MS showing a human face good on them.
thread closed as requested.

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I have Windows Media Center for XP (2005 version) installed on my computer. There is an update from Microsoft called 'Rollup 2' which stabilizes this program. I have downloaded the update, but the problem comes when I try to install it. I get the message: 'The Update to Media Center was not successful'.

My system: Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop, OS Windows XP Home edition.

The Update to be installed is Hotfix for Windows XP (KB900325). When I attempt the installation Media Center opens with its dark blue screen and large font size. I then run the program and click the 'Accept' box. It then creates a Restore point. Next, as the restore point is completed, the line 'Hotfix For Windows XP (KB891593)appears on the screen. But it is followed almost immediately by the error message.

How can I install this program?

A:The Update to Windows Media Center (2005) was not successful! Why

Same problem, but my computer is a Toshiba Satellite A100 308, and the hotfix for rollup 2 is KB 895572...
Anyone to help?

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I am trying to install Windows XP Media Center SP3 on my computer but everytime i try it tells me that it cannot copy some files during the install. So it doesnt work.
I was wondering if someone can help me becuase this seems to be a very weird problem.

A:Cannot copy files during Media Center 2005 install

Hello Lusadaka

This problem is usually caused by bad RAM

If you have more than one stick of RAM (256MB or more) swap them over or take one out and try again with only stick #1. If it does not help or makes things worse swap the sticks and try again with only stick #2. Running with one stick at a time will identify if you have a bad stick. Try moving the RAM to a different slot as well.

You can put either of these free programs on a floppy and test the RAM. Let them run for hours to do many passes if you can


Windows Memory Diagnostic

Memtest on CD ( this is a bootable CD and can be used when you cannot access an operating system)

Use your CD burner to write it onto a CD as an ISO image


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I had a friend ask me to put XP MC 2005 back on his computer after a hdd crash. I have all the drivers in it that made it to as up to date as possible, and it seems to not want to acquire the IP address. Is there somehting that i can do. I have tried a Trendnet Addin PCI NIC and it still doesnt want to acquire the IP address.

A:Dell Dimension E510 Help W/ XP Media center 2005

What kind of disk was used to reinstall Windows?
Do you have any errors in Device Manager?

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Hello all, I have recently received a DVD from Dell called, "Microsoft Windows XP Media Center 2005 with Rollup 2" because my CD/DVD burning program Sonic Digital Media LE v7 messed up & I never received the Sonic cd with my laptop to reinstall it. Plus I tried to update my Windows with the cd that Dell gave me with the laptop which is, "Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2" before I received the Media Center DVD Dell sent me.

So anyways, they sent me this XP media Center DVD, & I hoped that if I used the DVD that it will reinstall my Sonic...but when I put the choice for update install of Windows XP, I received an error that said, :"Error occurred copying file ake 70vcm.sys to C:\$WIN_NT$~BT\ake 70vcm.sys". Then when it restarts the screen is black & asks what program do I want to use, Windows Professional Service Pack 2 or Windows Media Center 2005.

So I went to Dell forum to see if they could help & someone told me " then boot to media center, right click on my computer -> properties-> advanced -> settings, under startup and recovery -> "time to display the list of operating systems" can be changed to zero.." which I did & now when the comp. starts up, it says "Missing or Corrupt <WINDOWS ROOT>\ System 32\hal.dll Please reinstall a copy of the above file." Now I have to press F8 in order for it to continue startup & when it does, the same screen with the optin of sta... Read more

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I am out of ideas so I will present my situation to you.

My sister has an Emachines T 6538 pc which had Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 preinstalled. They have no recovery disks. And of course, something happened and the OS would not load at all, blue screen, and freezing up in Safe Mode.

So, my nephew in trying to repair the OS used a Windows Vista Experience disk from another computer which they though had 'fixed' it but it seems it was only a 30 day free trial. Now they have limited functionality of the PC as it keeps requesting key code.

Now I enter the picture. I contacted Emachines to get help with the situation and a nice guy directed me to the F11 system restore-but I can't get that to work, I think because of the Vista now loaded on it. So I went back to them and requested a recovery CD but was told the system was too old (built in 2004 but they bought it in 07, I think) and it was out of warranty and they couldn't sell me one (though the first tech said I could get one for about $20 but didn't provide the link-just the sys restore link).

What can I do now? We really can't afford to purchase a new OS at this time, I would just like to get the one they OWN back on their computer.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

A:Recovery for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

Possible SourcesLouis

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All of a sudden the green Volume bar dosent show up when i use the volume keys on my keyboard. any ideas??


A:Volume Meter On Media Center Edition 2005

Wouldn't that be related directly to your keyboard and drivers specific to that keyboard?

Have you tried re-loading the keyboard drivers?

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QUESTIONS: Will my motherboard handle Windows Media Center 2005 OS?

I've been very pleased with the performance of my systems mother board - a MICRO-STAR INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD MS-7142 (See sys specs below)

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 1 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Model MS-7142
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 44 Stepping 2 AuthenticAMD ~1399 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG, 11/9/2005
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.1106 (xpsp1.020828-1920)"
Total Physical Memory 1,536.00 MB (Board only allows a maximum of 2GB)
Available Physical Memory 430.57 MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.42 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.90 GB
Page File Space 1.73 GB

A:Will my motherboard handle Windows Media Center 2005 OS?

Here is an article from 2005 when Media Center Edition 2005 first came out. Should give you an idea of what to look for.

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I recently unchecked almost everything in my MSCONFIG startup tab...but since then my remote control stopped working unless I ran the actual media center program. I was wondering if there is a required file for the remote control to work without first starting up the whole program? Thanks!

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I can not log onto my computer. I have a Dell Dimension XPS Gen 4 running Windows Media Center Edition 2005. When I try I get a blue screen stating STOP: c000021a

I have tried booting in safe mode but no help

A:Error Code c000021 on XP Media Center Edition 2005

you have to format and install the xp. You may need to change the hard drive in worst case. This usually happen when the drivers conflicted with each other.

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My old Dell Dimension 3100 went to my 10 year old niece a couple of years ago. However, she's suffered the dreaded clicking hard drive which has now completely failed.

I dug up another SATA drive which I managed to get going and now I'm wondering how to re-install Windows XP Media Center 2005 from scratch. The license is on the top of the machine, so what do I need to do from here?

A:Dell Dimension 3100 - XP Media Center 2005 re-install

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I have a problem with Windows XP Media Center Edition (2005). To be more precisely Recently I have re-installed windows and moved some of my folders to an external HDD. The problem is : one of the folders was encrypted with a certificate encryption. Sadly I didn't back-up the certificate, so now I can't access the folder nor do anything with it, it says that I don't have necessary permissions.

I tried to modify folder permissions through the security sub menu of proprieties dialogue but with no success.

So I was wondering if there is a possibility to find that certificate or to force permissions since data that I have in that folder is impossible to restore nor find somewhere else.

Thanks in advance for your help.

A:Folder Permission in Windows XP Media Center Edition (2005)

Does anybody know the answer please?

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I have a Dell PC I am repairing for someone who uses this PC as a POS computer.

The computer does not boot up. The Windows Logo splash screen loads pretty quickly but then after about 20 minutes of looking at a black screen with a cursor, the user login will appear. I can click the user but then the desktop never full loads (i.e. the start menu and desktop icons never appear, just a cursor and the desktop wallpaper image.

So far I have replaced the memory, copied the hard drive over to a new hard drive, run chkdsk, defrag and virus scanner and to no avail. I'm also not able to access the Recovery Console booting a Windows XP Operating system CD. I select "R" for recovery and then after the keyboard loading screen, I select my installation and then it just reboots without letting me login as an administrator.

Any suggestions?



A:Never fully boots - Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

When you said you "copied the hard drive over....," do you mean you cloned an exact copy (including any issues) to a new drive and then used that installation, which is currently running?

If so, perhaps your installation became corrupted or damaged and simply copying it just copied the problems over as well.

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