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Media Center

Seth

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I know of no way to run a repair install on MC as MC computers all use Recovery disks...and no, I'm not talking about a Recovery Disk "repair", as that messes up all the customer data despite what the repair implies.

You could use a regular XP cd, but I believe that would remove the MC features.

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I have MCE on my laptop but again - it's a recovery partition :mad:
I must admit I have found it one of the most stable version of XP and have never had to do an install:-
I have just looked on the NET and some people have used XP pro to reinstall MCE, there are some lengthy procedures involved by the looks of it though.
 

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Hi Seth

Cant you use a XP MC Installation CD to run a repair install?
Yes, that is possible, I just did one the other day.
It just takes longer to perform than a regular XP repair.
Towards the end, it reports that it's installing applications
and wants you not to do anything while it continues.

I've only done a couple of Windows Media Center Edition
reinstall repairs and they both took a very long time to
complete. My guess is that it took about 1.5 to 2 hours.

The shame is, when I question the customer about their
Media center usage, none of them are using it's special
features. So it's all a big waste.

PS: Just to clarify, I performed one MCE repair using the
recovery partition (HP PC) and one using the MCE CD
(Dell PC).

---pete---
 
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Seth

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Hmmm, I've never had to repair mc, but I was under the impression that all mc disks were of the recovery type.

I just had a look at at all my disks, and the only mc one I could find was a 3 disk hp/mc recovery set.

Pete,

When you repaired mc, how did it affect the customer's programs, pictures, docs, etc? The reason I ask, is because a standard XP repair is not the same as the repair from a recovery disk or partition.
 

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I just had a look at at all my disks, and the only mc one I could find was a 3 disk hp/mc recovery set.
I just checked and the one MCE disc and it is a DVD.
It's Windows Media Center Edition SP2

When you repaired mc, how did it affect the customer's programs, pictures, docs, etc? The reason I ask, is because a standard XP repair is not the same as the repair from a recovery disk or partition.
To my knowlege, it left the customer's data intact, but understand that
the customer never actualy used the media center features of WinXP.
So you mat be on to something here, and it has to do with how the
MC manipulates the data. I'm not vey familiar with the operation of the
MC, as I've never found anyone who actually used it.

---pete---
 

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I've never found anyone who used it either.

To the best of my knowledge, the repair function from recovery cd's attempts to save the customer data and put in a folder on the desktop called "backup".
That seems very precarious and silly to me.
 

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I've never found anyone who used it either.

To the best of my knowledge, the repair function from recovery cd's attempts to save the customer data and put in a folder on the desktop called "backup".
That seems very precarious and silly to me.
Yeah I hear you. The whole concept of the Media Center seems
to have failed. Another I'll conceived concpet by Microsoft. :)

If anything is going to act as the "Media Center" it's going to be
the gaming system which will act as the device that ties the
computer to the TV and entertainent center. The computer can't
be the "Media Center" in most homes because it's usually setup
in some room far off from the TV set and entertainment center.
On the other hand, the GAMING system is almost always located
in the same room as the TV so that makes it it the best device
for tying all the systems together similar to a media center.

---pete---
 

Seth

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Thanks for all the replies.

I'm going to have to get my hands on some MC disks that aren't recovery disks.
 

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