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I currently have a PC that has Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 on it. It is in a no-boot situation due to hal.dll being corrupt or not being able to be found.

Unfortunately, I do not have a CD for Media Center Edition. I only have a Windows XP Professional and a Windows XP Home Edition CD. Could I use either of these two CDs to perform repairs on the PC through a repair install?

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MCE is a stepchild that has been disowned by Microsoft

To do a clean install

Install XP MCE (turn off Automatic Updates during installation)

- Install SonicEncoders.msi

- Install .NET Framework 1.1

- Install SP1 for .NET Framework 1.1

- Install RU2 (KB900325)

- Install October 2006 Cumulative Update (KB925766)

- Install Windows Installer 3.1 v2: http://support.microsoft.com/?id=893803

- Install WMP11

- For Cable (w/o STB) systems, install KB954086

- Install Extender Manager from http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=73537

- Install SP3

- Turn Automatic Updates ON, and finish patching OS

from the MCE expert

Chris Cupler [MS-MVP (Media Center)]


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