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Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 SP2b - OEM

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
OK Windows version

Pros: Although packaged as a Media version this is Windows XP PRo with Media programing added.Just look in System info and you will see the OS is Win XP Pro version 5.1

Cons: It's DRM is a P-I-A
resonal use should apply allowing a backup version of DRM protected content to be made.As usual the paying customers are penalized for the actions of the unscrupulous.
Thanx for trusting the people whose $ you have taken MS~ NOT!

Overall Review: It could be worse I suppose?
Maybe it is and I haven't come to that realization yet.

Newegg is a Giant amoung e-commerce sites and my favorite for computer parts.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5

Pros: i use the audio file converter is about all

Cons: all it is is professional with a few programs. i only used the media center experience once to see what it was, and havent again since. if i were to buy again, i would have gone with professional.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Works

Pros: Works Fine

Cons: None

Overall Review: After reading the other reviews was much easier to install.

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Ownership: less than 1 day
Verified Owner
2/ 5

Pros: Its not vista

Cons: I had the exact problem as a few others, asking for sp2 disc, there must be some errors in these discs. Normally windows install is plug and play, not very hard. This has been the most annoying install I have ever experienced.

Overall Review: Microsoft should package an xtra copy of sp2 since they will send it to you for only shipping and handling.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Good

Pros: Better Then Vista

Cons: Can't Connect it to a Domain

Overall Review: MCE is just like XP pro, except you can NOT connect it to a domain (Active Directory)

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Ownership: less than 1 day
Verified Owner
2/ 5
WOW

Pros: I've heard good things about it and can't wait to use it.

Cons: I am a first time computer builder, and I somehow got everything together smoothly and cleanly, and everything works, except the biggest hassle was the OS. I spent literally all day trying to figure out how to install this OS. It asks for Service Pack 2 disc, and I couldn't find one and tried all 3 discs without any working. I talked to 2 newegg reps, and they just referred me to MS. I couldn't find anything helpful on the MS sites, and eventually, I figured I'd take a look at some of the reviews on newegg. That's the only thing that helped me. When it asks for service pack 2, insert the first disc again, and browse for the individual files that it "can't find.

Overall Review: This was by far the worst part of my first PC building experience, and it was that much more frustrating because it was the last step, and should have been the easiest. Although the service reps didn't know anything, in the end, Newegg technically is what helped me out, because of the reviewers. So, hopefully this too will help someone.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Media Center Rocks!

Pros: XP base with cool features just for different types of media. Not a huge MS fan, but I love media center. Having all my pics, flix, photos, music available in one easy interface makes my life much easier.

Cons: Again, not a fan of MS. XP is ok, and Media Center is based on XP. But I haven't had any problems with this - yet.

Overall Review: Easy install. Only problem was the driver for my cable modem wasn't in the list of pre-packaged drivers. Had to download the driver from a friend's pc, but that's my bad for not doing so before wiping the hard drive and starting over.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
The install is simple!

Pros: Look folks! This is my all time windows FAVORITE Operating System. It's almost bullet-proof if you have any kind of intelligence at all! No offense to the sub-humans who cannot quite grasp the concept of changing the disks, when requested to do so!

Cons: Cons? What the heck does that mean? If you can change a light bulb, you can master the step by step setup procedure. It's quite simple.

Overall Review: I have had at least nine copies of this particular piece of software and it has NEVER failed me!

Once---just for the heck of it, I was working an Adaptec card and trying to set up Raid 10 on the Windows X64bit and all I got was error after error. Then I changed the OS to Media Center and the install went real SMOOTH!

The reason for this purchase is to OVERRIDE my VISTA hard drive and get something that works ALL the time. No offense to vista! Yeah. Sure! :)

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