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  1. #1
    LarryG Guest

    Media Center rollup from v. 2002 to 2005

    My HP Pavilion notebook PC was shipped with Media Center 2002. I am trying to
    use it with Netflix's "play" option for viewing movies, but was told by
    Netflix that it is only supported by v. 2005 or better. I contacted
    Microsoft, but they refered me to HP. I was told by HP that Microsoft no
    longer provides this upgrade. Does anyone know of a way around this?

  2. #2
    Shenan Stanley Guest

    Re: Media Center rollup from v. 2002 to 2005

    LarryG wrote:
    > My HP Pavilion notebook PC was shipped with Media Center 2002. I am
    > trying to use it with Netflix's "play" option for viewing movies,
    > but was told by Netflix that it is only supported by v. 2005 or
    > better. I contacted Microsoft, but they refered me to HP. I was
    > told by HP that Microsoft no longer provides this upgrade. Does
    > anyone know of a way around this?


    At this point - I would say you could look for an OEM copy of it at
    different online resellers (Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005) so you can
    purchase it and install it on your machine.

    HP used to offer an upgrade program... (see
    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/d...0270142&dlc=en
    for proof) but they obviously do not this many years passed the realistic
    'worth it' point. ;-)

    http://blogs.msdn.com/mcreasy/archiv...15/242900.aspx
    http://blogs.msdn.com/mcreasy/archiv...12/241466.aspx

    Essentially - what it boils down to is this...

    You are not likely to be able to *upgrade* to Windows XP Media Center
    Edition 2005. You may be able to purchase an OEM copy still floating around
    on the Internet and would then be safer installing a clean copy of it on
    your machine (being OEM - it will likely not allow an *upgrade* installation
    anyway.) This will require careful backups and such on your part and you
    must have all the prior software ready to install (or lose it.)

    Your support for Windows XP Media Center Edition (being an OEM product) is
    HP (since that is the OEM you chose to buy your Media Center PC from) and if
    HP is telling you "sorry" (no matter what lies they attach to it about
    anyone else) then HP is your source for support and they have all but
    deserted you.

    You might be able to find a copy here:
    http://www.pricewatch.com/software_o...dia_center.htm

    NewEgg is trustworthy...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...oft-_-32116049

    (Cannot speak for some of the rest listed there... heh)

    --
    Shenan Stanley
    MS-MVP
    --
    How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
    http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html



  3. #3
    PA Bear [MS MVP] Guest

    Re: Media Center rollup from v. 2002 to 2005

    Is the machine fully patched at Windows Update?
    --
    ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
    MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Desktop Experience - since 2002
    AumHa VSOP & Admin http://aumha.net
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    LarryG wrote:
    > My HP Pavilion notebook PC was shipped with Media Center 2002. I am trying
    > to use it with Netflix's "play" option for viewing movies, but was told by
    > Netflix that it is only supported by v. 2005 or better. I contacted
    > Microsoft, but they refered me to HP. I was told by HP that Microsoft no
    > longer provides this upgrade. Does anyone know of a way around this?



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    Download Media Player 11 for XP 2002

    Thought this might help--I have a Sony Vaio with Xp 2002 and have spent 3 days and $40 to a tech (who did lead me to the resource pages) and then found this at another tech site. I downloaded to the Desktop so I could find it.
    It Worked!! Good Luck!!
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    I had the same problem and I finally worked around this problem as follows:
    1) download Media Player 11 exe (wmp11-windowsxp-x86-enu.exe) to a folder
    2) Install 7-Zip from http://www.7-zip.org/
    3) Run 7-Zip and have it extract the files from wmp11-windowsxp-x86-enu.exe into another folder (eg: c:\download\wmp11-windowsxp-x86-enu)
    4) Run C:\download\wmp11-windowsxp-x86-enu\wmfdist11.exe
    5) Run C:\download\wmp11-windowsxp-x86-enu\wmp11.exe

    You should now have Media Player 11 and you can watch your Netflix movies.

  5. #5
    harmar Guest

    Re: Media Center rollup from v. 2002 to 2005

    i cant seam to get it to work

    "afinfan" wrote:

    >
    > Thought this might help--I have a Sony Vaio with Xp 2002 and have spent
    > 3 days and $40 to a tech (who did lead me to the resource pages) and
    > then found this at another tech site. I downloaded to the Desktop so I
    > could find it.
    > It Worked!! Good Luck!!
    > --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > I had the same problem and I finally worked around this problem as
    > follows:
    > 1) download Media Player 11 exe (wmp11-windowsxp-x86-enu.exe) to a
    > folder
    > 2) Install 7-Zip from http://www.7-zip.org/
    > 3) Run 7-Zip and have it extract the files from
    > wmp11-windowsxp-x86-enu.exe into another folder (eg:
    > c:\download\wmp11-windowsxp-x86-enu)
    > 4) Run C:\download\wmp11-windowsxp-x86-enu\wmfdist11.exe
    > 5) Run C:\download\wmp11-windowsxp-x86-enu\wmp11.exe
    >
    > You should now have Media Player 11 and you can watch your Netflix
    > movies.
    >
    >
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