Purchasing MCE 2005

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Greg, Jan 11, 2005.

  1. Greg

    Greg Guest

    Just wondering the legitimacy of purchasing an OEM version of Windows XP
    Media Center Edition 2005. I am getting some questions on how to purchase
    it. I found an internet site that sells the OEM version as long as you buy
    hardware (such as a $1.99 mouse). The OEM remote is also there. My guess
    is this would be just the same as buying an OEM version of any other OS.

    On a related note, will there be a non-oem "retail version" released soon?

    Greg, Jan 11, 2005
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  2. As long as you comply with the requirements of OEM licensing (and non
    peripheral hardware purchase with the OS) then you can freely purchase.
    Please understand the limitations of an OEM purchased OS - such as may not
    be moved to another at a later time and the support issues.

    Windows XP Media Center Edition is an OEM product - I am not aware of any
    plans to sell it non-OEM.



    Mike Brannigan [Microsoft]

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    Mike Brannigan [MSFT], Jan 11, 2005
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  3. Greg

    ShamusFu Guest

    I bought my OEM off eBay. Still paid $125, but it was brand new, unopened,
    and registered fine.
    ShamusFu, Jan 11, 2005
  4. Greg

    Bob [MVP] Guest

    Microsoft's released MCE 2005 to system builders, so
    that they could install it on new PCs that they build
    and sell.

    But as you know, other OEM versions of Windows have
    been selling for years with "a piece of hardware", so
    I'm sure that Microsoft anticipated that MCE 2005 would
    also be sold that way.

    Note that this is just my opinion. I do not speak for

    Microsoft MVP
    Windows XP Media Center Edition
    Bob [MVP], Jan 11, 2005
  5. Greg

    paceman Guest

    What are the hardware requirements for MCE 2005?
    paceman, Jan 11, 2005
  6. Lots of good responses already. I'll add my voice to note that OEM
    versions are supported by the OEM. You'll get no support, upgrades, etc
    from Microsoft (and not likely from your OEM either in the case you

    Peter Near [MCE MVP], Jan 11, 2005
  7. Greg

    Greg Guest

    Thanks for the information, Mike. Based on my own experiences so far, I
    really think MCE 2005 will be a highly demanded product once the word gets
    out. I can understand the challenges of selling it retail since most users
    do not own the required TV-tuner add-on cards and why MS would want to do an
    OEM version only. Even so I thought the install was almost flawless when I
    did it on my system from scratch. Perhaps a retail bundle of a TV tuner
    card, remote, and OS would be a good way of packaging it.

    Greg, Jan 11, 2005
  8. Greg

    Greg Guest

    No upgrades or support makes sense for the OEM version. For most of the
    techies installing the OEM version, I think they will be able to get a lot
    of support from the community (user groups, newsgroups, web sites) so that
    should be easy enough.

    As far as upgrades go, any idea how frequently are we looking at upgrades
    for MCE? It seems like there has been almost a new version each year- is
    that to be expected moving forward? I would guess it wouldn't be quite as
    frequently since MCE has become "one" with the OS (and almost considered
    another version of XP).
    Greg, Jan 11, 2005
  9. Greg

    Bob [MVP] Guest

    I think you need to differentiate between the term
    "update" and "upgrade". Microsoft will definitely
    provide "updates" for MCE 2005 via Windows Update.

    But "upgrades" (such as MCE 2004 to MCE 2005) are
    currently distributed by the OEMs (at their discretion).

    In fact, based on what I've read in this newsgroup,
    only VERY few OEMs offered upgrades from MCE 2004
    to MCE 2005 to their customers.

    Microsoft MVP
    Windows XP Media Center Edition
    Bob [MVP], Jan 11, 2005
  10. Greg

    paceman Guest

    was this an "upgrade" or a clean install ??

    paceman, Jan 11, 2005
  11. The way it looks now, what could run mce2004 may not be able to run mce2005,
    as you can tell by reading this newsgroup. So as the harware improvements
    advance so will mce xxxx.
    preston maxwell, Jan 13, 2005
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