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Under Hardware Requirements[edit]

This is incorrect. Initially it was a requirement that: "Media Center tuners must have a standardized driver interface, and they must have hardware MPEG-2 encoders" However, ATI FOR SURE, made their ALL-In-Wonder and HDTV Wonder Card compatible with MCE 2005 and all of these were software encoded cards. PLEASE CORRECT this error. I actually came here looking for a list of supported cards but if you don't have that right you are not likely to have a list of supported cards correct. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:50, 20 May 2010 (UTC)

Windows Media Center 2005 can't be purchased off the shelf[edit]

Contrary to what the article says, there are no retail editions of Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, it is only distributed via the OEM channels under the Microsoft System Builder Program. Under that agreement they can not sell it without a new computer, though there is some wiggle room allowing the distribution with non-peripheral hardware, but in the end you simply can not go to Best Buy and purchase a retail boxed copy of MCE 2005. PPGMD

Professional vs Home Edition[edit]

Since I have had to correct a couple of editors on this I will post here. MCE 2005 is based on Windows XP Professinal edition according to all the sources at Microsoft. They removed the abillity for a MCE 2005 computer to join a domain and to cache network logins between sessions, they did this because they wanted to price it below the cost of Windows XP Professional without MCE 2005 to be cutting into their sales of Pro. Every other feature seem in Pro is still in MCE 2005. PPGMD 16:30, 19 August 2005 (UTC)

Dear PPGMD Pls show us the method how to set up WCE to join the domain . Many thanks

Gaming on MCE[edit]

Considering (according to the article) MCE is basically Windows XP, perhaps discussing support for games, and other third party software in general, would add something to the article. I don't know much about MCE myself, that's why I looked for this article, but right now it doesn't mention much about this. Retodon8 15:31, 27 February 2006 (UTC)

Well other then not being able to use the latest drivers gaming on the MCE is no different then gaming on Windows XP, the only difference between MCE and Pro is the requirement of MCE signed drivers, and the disabling of certain networking dlls and libraries. PPGMD 16:38, 27 February 2006 (UTC)

MCE seems to have an really rudimentary accounts system. While I was trying to set up a limited-access account for my grandmother on her PC so that she wouldn't accidentally hose the thing with some virus, I ran into a problem: non-admin accounts seems to lack write access to anything but their own Documents And Folders directory. This really is a hassle for any program that saves config files or user-data it its default Program Files folder. 01:45, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
Isn't this the normal way it works? I havn't seen any limited accounts having write access to program files folder as a standard. With NTFS file system of course. So I don't see why the hassle is MCE specific. Aqualize 19:55, 20 April 2007 (UTC)

Sources on the hacks of XP professional and server 2003[edit]

Does anyone have sources for these hacks?

I saw a number of them on The Green Button. I simply added a general section because a number of editors kept readding a link to that particular hack in the versions section. PPGMD 23:34, 1 April 2006 (UTC)

I doubt that would legal. Even if you own a license to both products the procedure involves either cheating Windows 2003 Server into thinking it is MCE by hacking the license part of the registry or reverse engineering part of MCE. Both options violate the license agreement. However, I am not sure if the hack to allow MCE 2005 to join a domain would violate the license. MartinDK 17:08, 7 November 2006 (UTC)
There's nothing illegal about it if you own both operating sytems and are willing to use two licenses on one computer, just unsupported. But as far as Wikipedia goes linking to the hacks is borderline, putting them directly on Wikipedia is out of the question, and against policy. PPGMD 17:45, 7 November 2006 (UTC)
Thank you for clearing that up for me. It just seemed strange to me at first which is also why I left the article itself untouched. MartinDK 17:57, 7 November 2006 (UTC)

One of them allows Media Center Edition programs to be run on non-Media Center Edition Windows versions, including Windows XP Professional and Windows Server 2003, to get an operating system with advanced features not available with Windows MCE, together with Media Center facilities.[citation needed]

Featured article?[edit]

Was this a featured article or not? I've removed the tag, have found no references to this claim. --Blocked! 19:09, 29 April 2006 (UTC)

Good spotting. It was introduced on this edit [1] along with the infobox, so my guess is that the infobox was copied from another software page which was a featured article. And because the function of the template is so subtle (just that star), it'd be easy not to realise it wasn't supposed to be there. --Limegreen 22:58, 29 April 2006 (UTC)

Moved from redirected page[edit]

Press The Green Button has been redirected here, and had the following content:

Press the Green Button is a promotional marketing phrase used by Microsoft to describe how easy they claim the convergence is between a Media Center PC and a Personal video recorder (PVR).

It originates from the color of the button on the Media Center Remote and it also is an opposite, in retrospect, of the phrase, "Don't push the red button"(see: Big red button), a joke used to describe something of complication and cautiousness.

Possibly, it should be deleted, but for now it is redirected. —Centrxtalk 06:23, 13 June 2006 (UTC)


For the time being, I replaced the slang "porn" with pornography and removed the incorrect use of an apostrophe, but I doubt that whaterver limitations the product puts on porngraphic content (if any) have anything to do with using a remote control. I will leave the line otherwise intact for somoene who knows the product better. I suspect this sentance is erroneous. 19:29, 21 December 2006 (UTC) Looks like someone was fixing at about the same time I was as those changes were already make when I selected edit but not visable on the main page until I saved the other person's edits. I've sen this behavior before but I don't understand it. 19:32, 21 December 2006 (UTC)


I've seen an inconsistency with the Microsoft codenames article. That one says the original MCE had the codename eHome and 2003 edition used Freestyle. In the original is designated Freestyle and 2003 nothing. Anyone who's sure about whats right should change this. Aqualize 19:59, 20 April 2007 (UTC)

Program blackouts[edit]

I've noticed that someone (cable provider, network, other?) has the ability to "black out" specific shows so that they can not be viewed or recorded using Windows XP Media Center Edition. Has this "feature" been documented somewhere so we can include it in the article? Rklawton 21:29, 21 October 2007 (UTC)

Windows Media Player, a "hack"?[edit]

I find the 'hacks' section to be very poor. And I'm puzzled by the trouble it suggests one should take to get a copy of Windows Media Player 6.4 when you can easily download and install Windows Media Player 11 from the Microsoft website.(?) [1]

Because some people want the older version. Upgrading to an even newer version isn't going to compensate for not getting the old version. Josh (talk | contribs) 16:54, 17 November 2007 (UTC)

Moreover, I see no logic behind including "viewing Pay-Per-View" in this section. Looks like a voyeur just discovered WMCE can record porn movies (big deal!). --AVM 18:28, 22 October 2007 (UTC)

Installing software that didn't come with your operating system isn't "hacking". Josh (talk | contribs) 16:54, 17 November 2007 (UTC)

DVD Playback?[edit]

I don't know if this article is consistent but this says that MCE 2005 has DVD Playback!?

I personally own a MCE 2005 but I do not have DVD Playback. All I see when I play DVD on the Media Center program is 'Decoder Error'. If MCE 2005 doesn't have native DVD Playback support, please remove this in the article. It is misleading...[edit]

Is now a portal.  :/ —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:17, 20 October 2010 (UTC)

Triadwarfare (talk) 05:18, 19 January 2008 (UTC)

April 2006 Update Rollup[edit]

April 2006 Update Rollup for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 (KB914548) Install KB914548 to get the latest updates for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. This update supersedes all updates since Update Rollup 2 (KB900325) for Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. For more information about this update, read Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 914548. Bizzybody (talk) 07:08, 3 May 2012 (UTC)


Best Windows Version ever!! -- (talk) 20:12, 11 March 2013 (UTC)

Windows XP Media Center 2003?[edit]


I looked for sources on its existence, and failed. There is not even evidence of such thing in Microsoft Support Lifecycle database. The only mention of it is in, which could be typo, intended to refer to Windows XP Media Center (original release).

Also look at the release dates:

  • WXMC - Q4 of 2002
  • WXMC 2004 - Q4 of 2003
  • WXMC 2005 - Q4 of 2004

There is no room for a WXMC 2003 release.

Best regards,
Codename Lisa (talk) 00:57, 26 December 2014 (UTC)