Upgrading Media center edition to XP Pro

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Greg, Oct 17, 2006.

  1. Greg

    Greg Guest

    I have a HP multimedia PC running XP Media Center Edition and am having
    problems networking the machine. I'm actually using it as a file server, I
    bought it because I thought it was a bargain. Accessing files over the
    network is slow and unstable, can I upgrade this OS to WinXP Pro. Its not
    eligible for an upgrade from Microsoft, does that mean its not upgaradeable?
    Greg, Oct 17, 2006
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  2. Greg,

    If you do not have a domain based network, switching to Windows XP
    Professional from Media Center Edition would not help you. You should look
    into your network topology. You should also see which applications might be
    consuming most of the bandwidth. Have you checked your machine for spyware ?

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    Anando [MS-MVP], Oct 17, 2006
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  3. Greg

    Jason Tsang Guest

    You'll need to do a clean install to go from XP Media Center to XP Pro.

    Unofficially, you can hack back cached credentials into XP Media Center by
    following the instructions found in this blog entry

    Media Center 2005 vs. Domain Support

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    Jason Tsang, Oct 17, 2006
  4. Greg

    Greg Guest

    Good Point I had actually forgotten that. Its just a peer2peer network with
    the data parked on the server and applications running on each workstation
    using mapped drives on the server to share data files. SpyBot and Adaware
    are running on the machine as well as AVG anti-virus. I can't find the
    service or application thats eating up the bandwidth. When an application
    launches on a workstation it takes 2 - 5 minutes to finish openning and
    connecting to the network drive. Any idea how I keep track of where the
    machine is looking and what its doing while its loading the App.
    Greg, Oct 17, 2006
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