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Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 SP2B for System Builders (Old Version)

by Microsoft
Windows XP
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)


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Product Features

  • Windows XP Service Pack 2
  • Windows Movie Maker
  • Intended for system builders

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows XP
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1


Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000JTFVM4
  • Item model number: M93-00439
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 19, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,807 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here


Product Description

This OEM software is intended for system builders only and cannot be transferred to another PC once it is installed. The purchaser of this software is required to comply with the terms of the System Builder license, including the responsibility of providing all end user support for the software.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it! April 26, 2007
I heard mixed reviews about Media Center before we purchased it, but decided to give it a try. So far, I've been very pleased with it. There are a few areas that I would change if I could, but that just has to do with how I like to do things. Everything in MCE works well, and I've encountered no problems. It would be nice if you had a little more access to Media Player functions (i.e.- updating track information and album covers from the internet) from within the Media Center, but it's not THAT hard to launch Media Player, now is it? ;]

All in all, I've been pleased with my purchase, and hope to continue using it for quite some time. (since I have no plans to ever upgrade to Vista if I can help it)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MCE 2005 is where it's at. October 27, 2007
I have been using this for almost a year now. I run an Asus A8N-SLI, 1GB, AMD 4000+. I use it to store and use all media. Pictures, videos, ripped DVDs, etc. I watch and record Live TV every day and also own 2 v1 Linksys extenders that are used often. One wireless and one wired. This OS is stable and very functional. I use nVidia's pure platinum codec and that is all you need. OTA HDTV functionality works and looks great. I have 3 analog tuners distributed to the extenders also. I couldn't be happier with the entire setup and will not move to Vista until forced in a few years.

p.s., of course it comes with 2 discs! Who are these people?...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Microsoft Media Center 2005 July 18, 2007
This is a great software easy to instal and understand, for this and another OS you have to now about computers but if you going online you can find instructions how to instal OS, I give at 100%.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for HTPC April 21, 2007
Chose Windows MCE 05 for a 2nd HTPC build, solid performance and available plug-ins.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty worthwhile....! April 17, 2009
This the best, final version of MCE 2005. It comes with 2 XP MCE CDs, along with a 3rd disc with the Rollup 2 service pak for MCE.

TIP: After XP install, do not install the Rollup CD until after you have opened Media center and configured all the settings. The Rollup assumes Media Center is configured so if you install it early on it can cause errors. Don't install Xp SP3 until after the Rollup 2 is installed.

I don't know how this compares to Vista, but this final XP version with Rollup provides is pretty slick. The only flaws I have found are that when playing Dolby Digital movies, MCE doesn't seem to simultaneously downmix analog audio output (meaning I have to have my receiver on all the time).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Load the Disc 1 CD in the CD/DVD drive and insert the Disc 2 CD when prompted to do so as you would expect.

Here is the part you will not expect and must be followed to install XP Media
Center:
The files for XP SP2 are located on the Installation Disc 1 and there is no
documentation telling you this. When the installation program tells you to insert
the SP2 disc, you may note that you do not have a SP2 disc. The "Updates for
version 2005" disc is not the SP2 disc. At this point, insert the Installation
Disc 1 and the installation should continue and finish the initial installation to
get Windows working.

Install your motherboard drivers, then install all other drivers.
Many video card drivers that are supplied on a CD with a video card are too old for the Media Center TV. Make sure you get the latest driver from the Manufacture's web site for your video card.

Before you can watch TV and have the TV play controls work properly, you will need
to buy Media Center compatible MPEG-2 decoder software. Some video card web sites
have this software available to download for around $20.

If you install the "Updates for version 2005" disc, the ".NET Framework" software,
that is required before you can install the Updates, will cause your Operating
system to make you select a user each time you boot up even if your computer has
only one user. Once this ".NET Framework" software configures your system to make
you select a user, un-installing the ".NET Framework" software will not remove the
prompt to select a user each time you boot up. I elected to remove and reload XP
Media Center and run it without the "Updates for version 2005" and without SP3. I
haven't noticed any problems and like my XP Media Center very much. I especially
like the free on-screen TV guide with easy TV program recording.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars XP MEDIA CENTER April 5, 2008
What could I relly say except. being a computer tech, Mesia Center is far better than Vista. I recieved my order quickley and will continue to use Amazon because they ROCK!!! Thanks again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MS XP Media October 10, 2008
Received well before expected, brand new packaged in retail package. I am very happy with the product, and will definately order from this retailer again. Will also recommend to friends.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm happy with this purchase
I'm happy with this purchase,but I'm having proprietary issues with Microsoft and installation on my old system.Hopefully,I can work out the bugs!
Published 9 days ago by steve
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for older PCs
Had an extra PC that wanted to use as a Media Center PC. Too old to run 7, but runs XP great so XP Media Center it was. Read more
Published on November 9, 2011 by GeoPat
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Job!
Great packaging and quick delivery! Thank you very much! I definitely recommend this seller.
Published on November 5, 2009 by Thomas L. Fetters
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Service
The seller did a great job resolving an issue I had with the software. The software was sent in a timely manner and it arrived undamaged. Read more
Published on February 15, 2009 by mlachap
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Vista Ultimate
I uninstalled Vista Ultimate and installed Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 SP2B for System Builders. My computer is now much more stable and works properly.
Published on August 4, 2008 by Louis Boscarine
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the biggest piece of junk... rather use 98 or xp home
I really think this product deserves no stars at all, but 1 star is the lowest so... whatever. Anyway, buyers, I STRONGLY recommend you to not even look at windows XP MCE, because... Read more
Published on July 10, 2008 by In Ki Hong
5.0 out of 5 stars Just As Described!
Great Product it was just as discribed I would defintly buy with them again in the near future.
Published on January 18, 2008 by Kevin C. Tate
5.0 out of 5 stars Genuinely good
There's no way to review a familiar windows OS than "it works" and "does not work". This one works, and it's a genuine one. That's all you need to know if you need this.
Published on December 17, 2007 by Vince
1.0 out of 5 stars OEM Media Center Edition
This product is provides a horrible experience. Microsoft can't activate a their software - what? You mean after you buy this software you have to divulge more personal... Read more
Published on November 21, 2007 by Mike K
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