Windows XP Media Center 2005 ISO

Posted on 2013-11-07
Last Modified: 2013-11-13
I am repairing a corrupted Windows installation on a computer that has XP media center 2005.  I need to do a repair installation but don't have a media center install disk.  I have XP Home and Pro disks but they won't work because the activation keys are different.

Is there anywhere I can get an install ISO so I can repair the installation?  I don't need the key, just the install disk.
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garycase earned 125 total points
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An XP Pro disk is IDENTICAL to the first disk of the Media Center 2-disk install.   You can most likely use it for a repair (unless it later asks for the 2nd disk).

You DO need a media center key => can you extract it from the current installation with a keyfinder?

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When I used the Pro disk to do a repair install, it asked for the XP Pro license in the middle of installing Windows.
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You need to type in the Media Center key -- trust me, the disks are IDENTICAL.   I've got both the Media Center pair and an XP Pro disk => I made ISO's of all of these.    The ISO of XP Pro and the ISO of disk 1 of the 2 Media Center disks are identical => bit-by-bit.

The difference is in the key -- it "knows" from the key what you're installing.
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... it's true, however, that it may very well require the 2nd disk to complete the repair install ==> I'm not sure if that will be the case or not.    It definitely needs it to do a complete Media Center installation.

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I tried putting in the Media Center key, but it doesn't work.  It's looking for a Win XP Pro volume license key.  It seems that instead of just doing a repair it thinks it is an upgrade, but I did the repair install from booting to the disk.
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Ahh -- you're not using a retail XP Pro disk ... you're using a VLK version.   That is NOT the same as the media center disk.

Unfortunately, I'm not aware of any downloadable ISO's for Media Center.  

If you find some downloads, you can confirm their the right ones with the following:

The ISO for CD#1 is  587MB (616,308,736 bytes)
The ISO for CD#2 is 258MB (270,841,856 bytes)
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The only XP MCE (Media Center Edition) CDs I'm aware of were made by legacy OEMs.
e.g. HP, Dell, Gateway, et al.
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All the above is correct - MCE 2005 is only available as OEM (and MSDN) media though with either SLP or Key activation at install.  You may be able to create your own disk set depending on what you can retrieve from the drive of the corrupted machine.

Because it's OEM you can't normally install it from a retail CD because the CD is missing the OEM files from the i386 folder.  You certainly can't use a volume licence version.

- Who is the manufacturer?
- Which version of MCE 2005 in installed (look on the CoA sticker on the case & post all the data except the activation Key)?
- Can you see a folder called CMPNENTS on the active partition? (This contains all the MCE extensions)
- Is there a recovery partition on the drive?
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nobus earned 125 total points
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you can contact the manufacturer for the factory reset disks- if still available
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Darr247 earned 125 total points
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This XP Pro OEM install CD:
should work with the number on your MCE CoA sticker.

I don't think there was ever a Service Pack 3 specifically for MCE 2005, though XP's Standalone SP3 will successfully apply to a MCE 2005 install.

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