How can I get a clean version of MCE 2005? RRS feed

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    I own a copy of media center 2005 by virtue of my HP Media Center PC that I purchased in June 2005. I happily upgraded to Vista and thought WOW. Well, I am having so many problems with Vista. I can't take having to reinstall Vista and all my programs any longer. SIX times! I am so behind on all off my work and ......my life. I want my XP. But its preinstalled on my HP pavilion. I don't want to reformat my HD again when I install XP. All I have is the disks from HP with all the old preloaded programs. It takes a whole day just to get a useful working computing environment up, from start to finish. Thats including three hours of downloading MS's XP updates because I bought the machine in 2005.


    On the side of my PC is the Microsoft XP MCE product key. Can I get a copy of it to download and use the Product Key I own. Its my understanding that its my copy. Do I have to live with the HP disks? Is it possible to get a clean copy. Can anyone tell me if this is possible? I have the key. Please, I really want to get working like I used to on XP. I thought Vista was going to rock. I was so excited to have bought the high end HP in 2005 to accommodate Vista. Great decision. I spent money on for upgrading memory and a my graphics card. I bought Vista HP and it was ***. I thought Ultimate would solve all the problems. So I bought the HP upgrade to Ultimate. $350 later and days upon days and weeks WASTED. What a let down. I like Vista, yes. But it just won't work like it should. Does anyone here me? I have to go back and be stable, with XP. Why did I have to waste all of April? I can't get that month back. Can anyone help or tell where I can go to get a clean MCE copy that my product key will activate? Please? I hope XP forgives me!


    Thanks and happy computing,


    Joe Cincotta

    Friday, June 27, 2008 10:29 AM



    Hi Joe, I fully understand the inconvenience you have encountered. After checking the issue, it seems this is a general Windows XP issue. As this forum focuses on SteadyState specific issues, this inquiry would best be posted to Windows XP newsgroup:




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    Monday, June 30, 2008 2:46 AM