whats the difference?????

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davidp423

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ya i wanted to know, whats the difference between windows xp professional corporate, OEM, retail, and media center edition...?


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MrCoffee

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Firstly, and obviously, they are different licence types and have (I believe) incompatble keys.
I think the difference between OEM and retail is limited to the above.
Home is basically a cutdown version of Pro, not including proper policy control or the ability to use a domain among many other things.
Corporate (Enterprise?) is XP pro but just with a different licencing scheme.
MCE i'm afraid I don't know about.
 

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MCE is just XP Pro with the Media Center Control Center.
 

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MCE will not work on a domain. My coworker tried to join his Dell Laptop to the Domain with the newest MCE, and the option is greyed out.
 

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Really that funny. I was able to add it to my network witout any problems. Unlike the Home machine i tried to add. :p
 

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the only thing that pro can do that mce can't is join a domain, but that's easily fixed

how to join mce to a domain

Insert Windows XP CD.
Start > Run > X:\i386\winnt32.exe /cmdcons
(replace X: with the appropiate drive letter)
Acknowledge prompt by clicking 'Yes'.
Skip updating process by clicking 'Cancel' or by pressing 'Esc'
After installation, acknowledge success msg. by clicking 'Ok'
Start > Shutdown > Restart
At boot menu, select 'Microsoft Windows Recovery Console'
Select proper installation to log onto (default: 1) and press 'Enter'
(If prompted, enter Administrator password and press 'Enter')
Type (without quotes) and press enter: 'cd system32\config'
Type (without quotes) and press enter: 'copy SYSTEM C:'
Type (without quotes) and press enter: exit
At boot menu, select 'Windows XP Media Center Edition'
Log into Windows and play a game of minesweeper (very important)
Start > Run > Type: 'regedit' and press enter
Click on 'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE'.
File > Load Hive...
Browse and select C:\SYSTEM
Specify key name 'BANANA' and click OK
Expand: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > BANANA > WPA > MedCtrUpg
On the right-hand side, double-click IsLegacyMCE value
Change selected value to 1 and click Ok. (THAT IS NOT AN L!)
Click on BANANA subkey (under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE).
File > Unload Hive. Confirm.
Start > Shutdown > Restart
At boot menu, select 'Microsoft Windows Recovery Console'

Select proper installation to log onto (default: 1) and press 'Enter'
(If prompted, enter Administrator password and press 'Enter')
Type (without quotes) and press enter: 'cd '
Type (without quotes) and press enter: 'copy SYSTEM C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM'
(Yes, you want to overwrite - Go ahead and do it)
Type (without quotes) and press enter: 'del SYSTEM'
Type (without quotes) and press enter: 'exit'
At boot menu, select 'Windows XP Media Center Edition'

Join domain.
 

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Exactly my point when i said MCE was just Pro with the MC control panel. It would have to have the networking to be able to get the Stereos and TV all hooked up to the PC.
 
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