Unable to get Product Key accepted when upgrading to XP Pro

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by David, Jan 23, 2004.

  1. David

    David Guest

    I have an HP Media Center PC. I recently tried to
    upgrade to XP Pro as I grew weary of all the stuff I
    never use. When inputting the Product Key for XP Pro, it
    is rejected as invalid. I've spent a total of 15 hours
    on the phone with the nice, but unhelpfull Microsoft
    personnel in Canada and India. Is there a work around on
    this? I've also tried completely reformatting my hard
    drive via a cmd prompt, but am not able to do this
    either. If anyone could offer a suggestion, I'd truly be
    gratefull.

    Blessings,

    DB
     
    David, Jan 23, 2004
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    Ron Rector Guest

    You cannot upgrade form XPMCE to XP Pro. This is not a valid upgrade path. You will need to perform a clean install.
     
    Ron Rector, Jan 23, 2004
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    Nigel Barker Guest

    It doesn't make any sense to try & 'upgrade' from XPMCE to XP Pro. MCE is
    actually no more than an application running on top of XP Pro or you could just
    describe it as a superset of XP Pro. If you don't want MCE then don't start up
    the MCE application, just use XP Pro on its own.
     
    Nigel Barker, Jan 23, 2004
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  4. MCE's background services will still run and e.g. constantly monitor for
    any TV tuner card changes, possibly allocating a tuner, which _can_
    interfere with other TV/video capture applications.

    So I'd say it _does_ make sense to replace MCE with XP Pro, if you are sure
    you do not want to use any of the Media Center capabilities.

    Regards,«
     
    Robert Schlabbach, Jan 23, 2004
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  5. David -

    As Windows XP MCE, is a superset of Windows XP Pro - it has everything
    Windows XP Pro has "plus" MCE "stuff" - I am curious as to exactly what
    "stuff" it is that caused you to "[grow] weary of all the stuff I never use"
    and to therefore "[try] to upgrade to XP Pro..."

    Presuming it is just the MCE "stuff," "msconfig" could be used to "stop"
    those MCE background processes that run all-the-time. However, I have an HP
    MC PC that I use with all the MCE background processes running, and there is
    no lose of processing capabilities!

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    I have an HP Media Center PC. I recently tried to
    upgrade to XP Pro as I grew weary of all the stuff I
    never use. When inputting the Product Key for XP Pro, it
    is rejected as invalid. I've spent a total of 15 hours
    on the phone with the nice, but unhelpfull Microsoft
    personnel in Canada and India. Is there a work around on
    this? I've also tried completely reformatting my hard
    drive via a cmd prompt, but am not able to do this
    either. If anyone could offer a suggestion, I'd truly be
    gratefull.

    Blessings,

    DB
     
    WaltS [MVP WMC], Jan 23, 2004
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  6. You can just disable the MCE services. At that point, you are only
    losing some HD space.

    If you are up for a reformat, by all means, do it, but if you just
    want to use your box sans MCE, disable the applicable services.
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    Ed Hansberry (Please do *NOT* email me. Post here for the benefit of all)
    What is on my Pocket PC? http://www.ehansberry.com/
    Microsoft MVP - Mobile Devices www.pocketpc.com
    What is an MVP? - http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
     
    Ed Hansberry, MS-MVP/Mobile Devices, Jan 23, 2004
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