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will windowx xp pro install disc work with windows xp MCE 2005 serial key?

basically what the titles says, can i use the xp disc to to install pro with the Media center edition serial key?

EDIT: Yes, the code does work, i have a oem Windows xp pro disc, put in the code, and it accepts it!
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  1. Highly unlikely, but worth a try, I know of one person for whom OEM XP Pro SP3 activated without a hitch, but generally the product keys are specific to the version, and there are no legal MCE downloads available
  2. +1to dodger46's advice but just to add you might get away wit using the Pro disk to repair a flawed MCE installation.
  3. dodger46 said:
    Highly unlikely, but worth a try, I know of one person for whom OEM XP Pro SP3 activated without a hitch, but generally the product keys are specific to the version, and there are no legal MCE downloads available


    but, since MCE is based on pro, it should work... because, i do not own a cd that has MCE for install,
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    Like I said, definitely worth a try, if it worked for another it should work for you...
  5. Re-reading your first post about the serial key, the precise answer is that you need to use the key from the Pro CD when installing, otherwise you'll get no further. Once you're up and running and have all the drivers in place and go online, you will probably fail Microsoft's Activation process - if not immediately but when you update to Service Pack 3 and get two updates 2130 and 461 (forgot the other bits) which cover Genuine Advantage. At that point, choose the telephone option and explain why you had to reinstall using Pro. Give them the number from the MCE installation from the CoA on the computer case and they'll guide you through changing to it.

    Later versions of Windows allows "Change Product Key but XP does not so you will have to go down that route.
  6. Re-reading your first post about the serial key, the precise answer is that you need to use the key from the Pro CD when installing, otherwise you'll get no further. Once you're up and running and have all the drivers in place and go online, you will probably fail Microsoft's Activation process - if not immediately but when you update to Service Pack 3 and get two updates 2130 and 461 (forgot the other bits) which cover Genuine Advantage. At that point, choose the telephone option and explain why you had to reinstall using Pro. Give them the number from the MCE installation from the CoA on the computer case and they'll guide you through changing to it.

    Yes, but, since windows MCE is just a version of PRO with a few other things, it should work, BECAUSE, when installing through disk, it will say, windows professional

    Later versions of Windows allows "Change Product Key but XP does not so you will have to go down that route.



    Yes, but, since MCE is based on PRO, it should work, i would think this, beacuse, when its loading core files, it would say, "Windows proffesional" on the top left, and, when you get to the GUI, it starts talking about "windows proffesional makes your life easier" blah blah blah, so, i will give it a try...

    But, we've got an error on our hands, i found a disk, but, the problem i get is when its booting windows xp, it gives:

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

    if this is your first time you've seen this stop error screen, restart your computer, if this screen appears again, follow these steps:

    -check for virus's on your computer, remove any newly installed harddrives or har drive controllers, check your harddrive to make sure it is properly configured and terminated.
    run CHKDSK /F to check for harddrive corruption, and then restart your computer.

    Technical info:
    *** STOP: 0x0000007B (0xBACC3524,0xC0000034, 0x000000000, 0x00000000)"

    This seems to be a harddrive problem i would guess, maybe needs sata/RAID drivers?

    EDIT: i put in the xp disc, when it just about to give me a chance to remove partitions, it gives a similar error, but:

    Technical info:
    *** STOP: 0x00000007B (0xF78d2524, 0xC0000034, 0x000000000,0x00000000
  7. 7b is usually a hard disk problem - sometimes unmountable. You might get around it in BIOS if there's a setting called AHCI. Change it to IDE and you shouldn't need a special driver for a standard SATA or PATA disk - unless you do have a RAID array.
  8. 7b is usually a hard disk problem - sometimes unmountable. You might get around it in BIOS if there's a setting called AHCI. Change it to IDE and you shouldn't need a special driver for a standard SATA or PATA disk - unless you do have a RAID array.


    Yes, this fixed the problem on the XP pro disc, anyways, wont this change the way a sata harddrive works? Or, will it run the same way, just, different file transfer?
  9. You can add the necessary drivers to your XP installation as the article below shows. Also explains differences.
    http://www.prime-expert.com/articles/b02/installing-windows-xp-with-f6-ahci-raid-drivers-from-usb-only.php
    AHCI enables hot-swapping and improves data transfer performance, especially for SSDs. Depending on what you intend to use the PC for, you probably won't see much difference. Guess if it's running XP, won't be anything high powered...
  10. so, the pro disc works, but, one problem, the installation is asking for CD2, which i do not have, i would think everything was put onto this disc, since its OEM, but, i dont know why its asking for CD2... Any ideas?
  11. Only ever seen XP pro on a single disk, so can't help you there! Can you complete the install without it? Perhaps it recognises the Product Key as MCE and the Media content is provided on a separate disk... or the original MCE install disk had two sections...
  12. dodger46 said:
    Only ever seen XP pro on a single disk, so can't help you there! Can you complete the install without it? Perhaps it recognises the Product Key as MCE and the Media content is provided on a separate disk... or the original MCE install disk had two sections...


    Did "cancel" and seems to be running fine, just read that CD1 is "Pro" but, Cd2 has the media center portion stuff, so, i hit cancel and, will get to you after its done, (BTW, this is a computer im fixing for my friend, have another PRO key, but, he wants his MCE key used...)
  13. System booted up fine, got to the desktop, and, yeah, gonna restart and change the HDD type back, Thanks for your help guys!
  14. Now i've got another problem, seems that the Ethernet is not wanting to work, i looked at Saga lout's other post:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261080-45-ethernet-connection-reinstalling-windows-home
    and, went to the web site, but, i cant find a download for the driver....

    Ven_168C
    Dev_001B

    Any help? Or should i make a new thread?
  15. Xyloriuphon said:
    System booted up fine, got to the desktop, and, yeah, gonna restart and change the HDD type back, Thanks for your help guys!


    Motherboard's Manufacturer's website for Drivers Download?
  16. dodger46 said:
    Xyloriuphon said:
    System booted up fine, got to the desktop, and, yeah, gonna restart and change the HDD type back, Thanks for your help guys!


    Motherboard's Manufacturer's website for Drivers Download?



    Yes, i am currently working on downloading drivers, system is from around 2005, yippe....
  17. I'll be surprised if it boots after a change back to AHCI but I like surprises and this game is full of 'em. Please let me know.
  18. I'll be surprised if it boots after a change back to AHCI but I like surprises and this game is full of 'em. Please let me know.


    yeah, changed it, had to change it back, got the same 7B error, Why is it doing this? Would this result in a installation of HDD drivers? Im having problems getting audio working, says it needs UUA audio bus driver, but, its installed....

    EDIT: btw, the system is a Hp pavilion media center TV m7360n
  19. I can't explain why it happens because with it being such a simple, once only change in the BIOS, I've never bothered to seek out the answer. It's just one of those things that just sort of - erm - works
  20. I'll be surprised if it boots after a change back to AHCI but I like surprises and this game is full of 'em. Please let me know.


    yeah, changed it, had to change it back, got the same 7B error, Why is it doing this? Would this result in a installation of HDD drivers? Im having problems getting audio working, says it needs UUA audio bus driver, but, its installed....

    EDIT: btw, the system is a Hp pavilion media center TV m7360n


    You have to download the AHCI drivers and install them when invited to, using F6 during install. Hope you have a Floppy drive and disks! Otherwise it's possible to create an Install disk and slipstream the drivers. I did find one method of installing the Drivers post Installation, but I've never tried it. Probably best to accept the small drop-off in performance and continue without AHCI...
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/acer/186471-enabling-sata-mode-ahci-after-xp-install-applicable-most-laptops-systems.html
  21. I'll be surprised if it boots after a change back to AHCI but I like surprises and this game is full of 'em. Please let me know.


    yeah, changed it, had to change it back, got the same 7B error, Why is it doing this? Would this result in a installation of HDD drivers? Im having problems getting audio working, says it needs UUA audio bus driver, but, its installed....

    EDIT: btw, the system is a Hp pavilion media center TV m7360n


    You have to download the AHCI drivers and install them when invited to, using F6 during install. Hope you have a Floppy drive and disks! Otherwise it's possible to create an Install disk and slipstream the drivers. I did find one method of installing the Drivers post Installation, but I've never tried it. Probably best to accept the small drop-off in performance and continue without AHCI...
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/acer/186471-enabling-sata-mode-ahci-after-xp-install-applicable-most-laptops-systems.html




    Exactly, just gonna leave it, my friend isnt wanting to game with it, just using it as storage, hopefully it shouldn't be a problem, BUT, i need AUDIO DRIVERS, god damit HP, any idea's guys? UUA is installed,
  22. dodger46 said:


    Yeah, installs, audio still doesnt work, There aint a speaker icon on the taskbar, i even tried running a command to MAKE it come, still doesn't work....

    These people talk about finding the UUA HDAUD.sys in WINDOWS/drivers or something like that, but, it doesnt explain what they do, they just say "And pointed the install wizard to the directory, BAM, works" I dont know how they do that, when i install, they dont give me a "Where do i find the stuff?"
  23. The option shoud be there to Browse for a file unless you selected to find teh driver automatically.
  24. The option shoud be there to Browse for a file unless you selected to find teh driver automatically.

    OH RIGHT, when you to add hardware, and that wizard shows up, but, im wanting to install the audio driver, not the UUA driver, as it is installed,

    Realtek needs UUA, and, it cannot find it, i guess i should've installed the audio driver, then updated to SP3....
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