XP Media Center 2005 Installation Assistance

Discussion in 'Windows XP / Older OS' started by g_speran, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. g_speran

    g_speran MDL Novice

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    Hello All,
    I am brand new to this forum and in dire need of some assistance. For several days now, I have been strugglinging to install Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. I have gone thru this forum, read many sticky and cant make heads or tails of what I am doing or how I should be doing it.

    A buddy of mine's laptop basically "crashed" where windows would no longer boot. I told him to bring it over and I would reinstall MCE 2005 for him, using the Microsoft provided key located on the bottom of his HP PavilionDV5000 Laptop. Another buddy of mine has a subscription to Technet where we were able to download MCE 2005 CD1 and CD2 (en_winxp_mce_2005_cd1.iso and en_winxp_mce_2005_cd1.iso)
    MS_Key.jpg

    I burned cd1 to a cd, inserted it into the said laptop and proceeded with the install. It proceeded as normal;

    • At Welcome scrren chose setup XP installation
    • Acknowledged the license agreement
    • Chose install fresh copy without repair
    • Deleted the existing Partition
    • Created the new partition
    • Formatted the new partition
    • setup copied files to HD
    • XP GUI setup appears
    • configured Name and Org
    • And then the license key windows appears. Now the not so fun begins

    During this entire time during the install, I have noticed that it is constantly showing "Windows XP Professional", not sure why, but I went along with it. I attempt to enter the license key as shown above in the sticker on the bottom of the laptop and it return "The CD Key you entered is not valid".
    Key_Invalid.jpg

    So now I come to MDL, where I have come before to solve some issue. However this one, I think is now over my head. I have visited

    • hxxp://forums.mydigitallife.net/forums/5-Windows-XP-Previous-MS-Operating-Systems - to read the Stickys
    • hxxp://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/26911-The-Windows-XP-Repository
    • hxxp://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/9795-The-Windows-XP-OEMBIOS-Archive?

    I have downloaded the OEMBIOS tool and it produces:

    • Hewlett-Packard Company OEMBIOS.CAT CRC32=00A1EECB
    • Hewlett-Packard Company OEMBIOS.CAT CRC32=3BA155E1
    • Hewlett-Packard Company OEMBIOS.CAT CRC32=CD4E1902

    I have tried to download the OEMBIOSlist as on hxxp://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/9795-The-Windows-XP-OEMBIOS-Archive which points to hxxp://api.viglink.com/api/click?format=go&key=27403b80697f63830f3adcb85bb41ddb&loc=hxxp%3A%2F%2Fforums.mydigitallife.net%2Fthreads%2F9795-The-Windows-XP-OEMBIOS-Archive&v=1&libid=1359733858960&out=hxxps%3A%2F%2Fskydrive.live.com%2F%3Fcid%3D19ac037211016ca5%26id%3D19AC037211016CA5!212&ref=hxxp%3A%2F%2Fforums.mydigitallife.net%2Fthreads%2F6077-VLK-and-OEMBIOS-changer&title=The%20Windows%20XP%20OEMBIOS%20Archive&txt=hxxps%3A%2F%2Fskydrive.live.com%2F%3Fcid%3D19ac0...7211016CA5!212&jsonp=vglnk_jsonp_13597378886904 but the file is no longer available
    My buddy is not able to locate the Origianl OEM CD's so that is out of the question, HP does not offer them any longer for ordering, and there was not a second hidden partition containing the "rescue" area.

    Can anybody help me successfully install MCE2005 back onto his laptop? For my scattered brain, it may have to be in "Installing for Dummies" terms :).

    Thanks in Advance for anyone that has time to assist me
     
  2. redroad

    redroad MDL Guru

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    You have run http://forums.mydigitallife.net/thr...Archive/page12?p=373708&viewfull=1#post373708

    and the result was correct?
     
  3. g_speran

    g_speran MDL Novice

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    Hello Redroad,
    I have run the OEMBIOS test that you linked to. It produced 3 out lines as indicated
     
  4. redroad

    redroad MDL Guru

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    these links will be more specific to your CRC's
    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/thr...Archive/page13?p=388717&viewfull=1#post388717

    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/thr...Archive/page13?p=388872&viewfull=1#post388872

    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/thr...Archive/page16?p=546784&viewfull=1#post546784

    some clarity on doing it manually if need be

    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/7804-How-SLP-1-0-works?p=105678&viewfull=1#post105678

    but before you do that let me look in my files to see if I have xdelta for your CRC .. I'll get back to you .. Post any results , progress , and or questions
     
  5. redroad

    redroad MDL Guru

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    I do have a OEM Hp Xp pro x86 with SP3 that will work fine but no MCE .. If you can get this ISO from your buddy

    en_windows_xp_professional_with_service_pack_3_x86_cd_x14-80428
    Sha-1 : 1C735B38931BF57FB14EBD9A9BA253CEB443D459

    I can upload the delta file for you .. Just PM me and let me know if XP Pro x86 is good enough for you or not
     
  6. g_speran

    g_speran MDL Novice

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    also, I have all the link to the tools I mentioned above, however, my status needs to be at 20 before I am allowed to post this links. So you you have a status of 20 or more and would like to post them for me, I would be happy to PM you them.

    Thanks
    Gary
     
  7. urie

    urie Moderator
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    Nice tutorial, but to make MCE disk all I do is use UltraISO and make iso file of en_WinXP_MCE_2005_cd1 then copy CMPNENTS folder from en_WinXP_MCE_2005_cd2.
    Open up en_WinXP_MCE_2005_cd1.iso file with UltraISO add CMPNENTS folder to root of cd then add oembios files to i386 folder while there edit setupp.ini and add winnt.sif file then burn disk.
     
  8. cd2xtac

    cd2xtac MDL Novice

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    Hi urie!, could you please tell me which key should I use to edit WINNT.SIF to make an OEM MCE 2005 SLP CD? and if there are any chances to still activate online with that key now that Microsoft has ended XP support?

    Thanks in advance! :)
     
  9. Oz

    Oz MDL Expert

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    #12 Oz, Jun 17, 2014
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    If you use a SLP key and have the right OEMBIOS files for your system, you will NOT need to activate.

    Do a search for MCE on MDL

    Code:
    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/2597-Mce-2005-retail-to-oem
    
    Plenty of keys around for SLP
     
  10. cd2xtac

    cd2xtac MDL Novice

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    #13 cd2xtac, Jun 17, 2014
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    Thanks Oz!, that's what I need to know. ;)