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Windows Media Center ??

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Graham, Apr 28, 2010.

  1. Graham

    Graham Flightless Bird

    Is it possible to run windows Media center under windows xp-
    pro ?

    The links that I can find seem to want you to up grade to
    windows 7 ... there are some old posts to downloads for the
    center .. but these seem to be now upgraded to windows 7

    I have a hap TV card .. which requires the media center to use
    the dual tuner facility ..

    not - windows media player .. this is not suitable

    tnx - G .
     
  2. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    WinXP MCE and WinXP Pro are pretty much (but not quite) the same thing.

    If your hardware is compatible, you might consider "upgrading" to Win7 Home
    Premium, Professional, or Ultimate Edition, all of which include Windows
    Media Center; cf. http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-media-center/;
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/features/windows-media-center


    Graham wrote:
    > Is it possible to run windows Media center under windows xp-
    > pro ?
    >
    > The links that I can find seem to want you to up grade to
    > windows 7 ... there are some old posts to downloads for the
    > center .. but these seem to be now upgraded to windows 7
    >
    > I have a hap TV card .. which requires the media center to use
    > the dual tuner facility ..
    >
    > not - windows media player .. this is not suitable
    >
    > tnx - G .
     
  3. Graham

    Graham Flightless Bird

    On Apr 29, 6:10 am, "PA Bear [MS MVP]" <PABear...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > WinXP MCE and WinXP Pro are pretty much (but not quite) the same thing.
    >
    > If your hardware is compatible, you might consider "upgrading" to Win7 Home
    > Premium, Professional, or Ultimate Edition, all of which include Windows
    > Media Center; cf.http://www.microsoft.com/windows/wi....com/en-US/windows7/products/features/windows...
    >
    >
    >
    > Graham wrote:
    > > Is  it  possible to  run windows Media  center  under windowsxp-
    > > pro ?

    >
    > > The  links that  I can find  seem  to  want you  to  up grade to
    > > windows 7 ... there  are some  old  posts  to downloads  for  the
    > > center  .. but  these  seem to  be  now  upgraded to  windows 7

    >
    > > I have a  hap TV card  .. which  requires the  media  center  to  use
    > > the  dual  tuner  facility ..

    >
    > > not  - windows  media player .. this  is not suitable

    >
    > > tnx - G .- Hide quoted text -

    >
    > - Show quoted text -


    Thats the problem I don't want to install windows 7 at the
    moment .....looks like the older versions of media center
    have been removed ??

    G .
     
  4. Fuzzy Logic

    Fuzzy Logic Flightless Bird

    Graham <g0nbd@hotmail.com> wrote in news:5ba0492c-6559-40bb-9c7c-4da5e17beff2
    @x20g2000yqb.googlegroups.com:

    > Is it possible to run windows Media center under windows xp-
    > pro ?
    >
    > The links that I can find seem to want you to up grade to
    > windows 7 ... there are some old posts to downloads for the
    > center .. but these seem to be now upgraded to windows 7
    >
    > I have a hap TV card .. which requires the media center to use
    > the dual tuner facility ..
    >
    > not - windows media player .. this is not suitable
    >
    > tnx - G .


    Windows Media Center versions of the Windows OS are/were available since XP. You cannot add Media
    Center to an existing version of Windows. You must install the actual Media Center version of the OS. More info
    here:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Media_Center

    Many TV cards come with software to use them without requiring Windows Media Center.
     
  5. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    Full retail versions of WinXP (MCE or otherwise) are no longer being
    marketed.

    Graham wrote:
    > On Apr 29, 6:10 am, "PA Bear [MS MVP]" <PABear...@gmail.com> wrote:
    >> WinXP MCE and WinXP Pro are pretty much (but not quite) the same thing.
    >>
    >> If your hardware is compatible, you might consider "upgrading" to Win7
    >> Home
    >> Premium, Professional, or Ultimate Edition, all of which include Windows
    >> Media Center;
    >> cf.http://www.microsoft.com/windows/wi....com/en-US/windows7/products/features/windows...
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> Graham wrote:
    >>> Is it possible to run windows Media center under windows xp-
    >>> pro ?

    >>
    >>> The links that I can find seem to want you to up grade to
    >>> windows 7 ... there are some old posts to downloads for the
    >>> center .. but these seem to be now upgraded to windows 7

    >>
    >>> I have a hap TV card .. which requires the media center to use
    >>> the dual tuner facility ..

    >>
    >>> not - windows media player .. this is not suitable

    >>
    >>> tnx - G .- Hide quoted text -

    >>
    >> - Show quoted text -

    >
    > Thats the problem I don't want to install windows 7 at the
    > moment .....looks like the older versions of media center
    > have been removed ??
    >
    > G .
     
  6. Twayne

    Twayne Flightless Bird

    In news:%23CGMjJ$5KHA.5548@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl,
    PA Bear [MS MVP] <PABearMVP@gmail.com> typed:
    > Full retail versions of WinXP (MCE or otherwise) are no
    > longer being marketed.
    >
    > Graham wrote:
    >> On Apr 29, 6:10 am, "PA Bear [MS MVP]"
    >> <PABear...@gmail.com> wrote:
    >>> WinXP MCE and WinXP Pro are pretty much (but not quite)
    >>> the same thing. If your hardware is compatible, you might consider
    >>> "upgrading" to Win7 Home
    >>> Premium, Professional, or Ultimate Edition, all of which
    >>> include Windows Media Center;
    >>> cf.http://www.microsoft.com/windows/wi....com/en-US/windows7/products/features/windows...
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> Graham wrote:
    >>>> Is it possible to run windows Media center under windows
    >>>> xp- pro ?
    >>>
    >>>> The links that I can find seem to want you to up grade to
    >>>> windows 7 ... there are some old posts to downloads for
    >>>> the center .. but these seem to be now upgraded to
    >>>> windows 7
    >>>
    >>>> I have a hap TV card .. which requires the media center
    >>>> to use the dual tuner facility ..
    >>>
    >>>> not - windows media player .. this is not suitable
    >>>
    >>>> tnx - G .- Hide quoted text -
    >>>
    >>> - Show quoted text -

    >>
    >> Thats the problem I don't want to install windows 7
    >> at the moment .....looks like the older versions of media center
    >> have been removed ??
    >>
    >> G .


    Nah, it's still around; all you have to do is use Google and you'll get a
    LOT Of hits where it's still available, even including pre-installed on PCs.
    After all, MCE is simply XP Pro with the MCE programs (widely downloadable)
    and relevant service packs. It looks like even the TigerDirects still have
    it too.

    I was going to post links that still have it available but there are so many
    of them I'll leave it to those who want it badly enough to search for it. I
    had 6 links right from the first pag of hits.
    Also, you don't HAVE to have the official MCE edition; all you need is
    the programs it uses, many of which are already on the disk or easily
    available. If one can manage to get a look at an XP MCE it's pretty easy to
    determine which programs it uses; the computer does NOT need to be
    "officially" an MCE machine.

    HTH,

    Twayne`
    H,

    Twayne`
     
  7. Daave

    Daave Flightless Bird

    I'm pretty sure that no Retail versions of XP MCE ever existed. That is,
    all of them are OEM versions.

    PA Bear [MS MVP] wrote:
    > Full retail versions of WinXP (MCE or otherwise) are no longer being
    > marketed.
    >
    > Graham wrote:
    >> On Apr 29, 6:10 am, "PA Bear [MS MVP]" <PABear...@gmail.com> wrote:
    >>> WinXP MCE and WinXP Pro are pretty much (but not quite) the same
    >>> thing. If your hardware is compatible, you might consider
    >>> "upgrading" to
    >>> Win7 Home
    >>> Premium, Professional, or Ultimate Edition, all of which include
    >>> Windows Media Center;
    >>> cf.http://www.microsoft.com/windows/wi....com/en-US/windows7/products/features/windows...
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> Graham wrote:
    >>>> Is it possible to run windows Media center under windows xp-
    >>>> pro ?
    >>>
    >>>> The links that I can find seem to want you to up grade to
    >>>> windows 7 ... there are some old posts to downloads for the
    >>>> center .. but these seem to be now upgraded to windows 7
    >>>
    >>>> I have a hap TV card .. which requires the media center to use
    >>>> the dual tuner facility ..
    >>>
    >>>> not - windows media player .. this is not suitable
    >>>
    >>>> tnx - G .- Hide quoted text -
    >>>
    >>> - Show quoted text -

    >>
    >> Thats the problem I don't want to install windows 7 at the
    >> moment .....looks like the older versions of media center
    >> have been removed ??
    >>
    >> G .
     
  8. Twayne

    Twayne Flightless Bird

    In news:Xns9D69A994EBAA5bobarcabca@207.46.248.16,
    Fuzzy Logic <bob@arc.ab.caREMOVETHIS> typed:
    > Graham <g0nbd@hotmail.com> wrote in
    > news:5ba0492c-6559-40bb-9c7c-4da5e17beff2
    > @x20g2000yqb.googlegroups.com:
    >
    >> Is it possible to run windows Media center under
    >> windows xp- pro ?
    >>
    >> The links that I can find seem to want you to up
    >> grade to windows 7 ... there are some old posts to
    >> downloads for the center .. but these seem to be
    >> now upgraded to windows 7
    >>
    >> I have a hap TV card .. which requires the media
    >> center to use the dual tuner facility ..
    >>
    >> not - windows media player .. this is not suitable
    >>
    >> tnx - G .

    >
    > Windows Media Center versions of the Windows OS are/were
    > available since XP. You cannot add Media
    > Center to an existing version of Windows. You must install
    > the actual Media Center version of the OS. More info here:
    >
    > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Media_Center
    >
    > Many TV cards come with software to use them without
    > requiring Windows Media Center.


    Umm, actually, you can add the MCE to windows XP. See the many links on
    Google for just that very thing. Even MS sold upgrade to MCE software. The
    main difference between diy and pre-installed seems to be pre-installs get a
    partition of their own to hold the MCE stuff. No big deal. MCE is nothing
    but the automation of a few programs and establishing connections between
    them; nothing you can't do yourself.

    HTH,

    Twayne`
     
  9. Bob F

    Bob F Flightless Bird

    Twayne wrote:

    > Also, you don't HAVE to have the official MCE edition; all you need
    > is the programs it uses, many of which are already on the disk or
    > easily available. If one can manage to get a look at an XP MCE it's
    > pretty easy to determine which programs it uses; the computer does
    > NOT need to be "officially" an MCE machine.


    So far, I can't find usable downloads of those programs. Are they avaolable
    anywhere you know?
     
  10. Michael

    Michael Flightless Bird

    "Bob F" <bobnospam@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:hrn5g6$8bk$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    > Twayne wrote:
    >
    >> Also, you don't HAVE to have the official MCE edition; all you need
    >> is the programs it uses, many of which are already on the disk or
    >> easily available. If one can manage to get a look at an XP MCE it's
    >> pretty easy to determine which programs it uses; the computer does
    >> NOT need to be "officially" an MCE machine.

    >
    > So far, I can't find usable downloads of those programs. Are they
    > avaolable anywhere you know?



    You won't. Too Too Twayne enjoys speaking through his a$$. What he's
    referring to is pirated versions of OEM MSE.
    --


    "Don't pick a fight with an old man.
    If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you."
     
  11. Bob F

    Bob F Flightless Bird

    Michael wrote:
    > "Bob F" <bobnospam@gmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:hrn5g6$8bk$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    >> Twayne wrote:
    >>
    >>> Also, you don't HAVE to have the official MCE edition; all you
    >>> need is the programs it uses, many of which are already on the disk
    >>> or easily available. If one can manage to get a look at an XP MCE
    >>> it's pretty easy to determine which programs it uses; the computer
    >>> does NOT need to be "officially" an MCE machine.

    >>
    >> So far, I can't find usable downloads of those programs. Are they
    >> avaolable anywhere you know?

    >
    >
    > You won't. Too Too Twayne enjoys speaking through his a$$. What he's
    > referring to is pirated versions of OEM MSE.


    Is Windows Vista as bad as I've heard. I picked up a copy of Vista Home Premium
    to try out the media center part, but haven't loaded it because of all the bad
    stories I've read?

    Should I or shouldn't I?
     
  12. Michael

    Michael Flightless Bird

    "Bob F" <bobnospam@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:hrnlcf$h4k$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    > Michael wrote:
    >> "Bob F" <bobnospam@gmail.com> wrote in message
    >> news:hrn5g6$8bk$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    >>> Twayne wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> Also, you don't HAVE to have the official MCE edition; all you
    >>>> need is the programs it uses, many of which are already on the disk
    >>>> or easily available. If one can manage to get a look at an XP MCE
    >>>> it's pretty easy to determine which programs it uses; the computer
    >>>> does NOT need to be "officially" an MCE machine.
    >>>
    >>> So far, I can't find usable downloads of those programs. Are they
    >>> avaolable anywhere you know?

    >>
    >>
    >> You won't. Too Too Twayne enjoys speaking through his a$$. What he's
    >> referring to is pirated versions of OEM MSE.

    >
    > Is Windows Vista as bad as I've heard. I picked up a copy of Vista Home
    > Premium to try out the media center part, but haven't loaded it because of
    > all the bad stories I've read?
    >
    > Should I or shouldn't I?


    I have and I'm satisfied with it. It doesn't like to be fiddled with,
    though.
    --


    "Don't pick a fight with an old man.
    If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you."
     

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