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Redoing hardisk I've had a lot of problems with my e-machines desktop (refurbished) every since one day I had to redo the hardisk (run the recovery disk). I redid the disk but with a different version of Windows XP; what was contained on the recovery disk was labled Win Media Center edition. My computer is a media Center edition PC and thats the way its supposed to be. But the disk restored the computer with Win XP Pro; which wasn't fully functional with my PC. As a matter of fact , I couln't use it at all and there was continual restarting by itself. I tried to obtain help from e-machine support but they never understood the problem or didn't want to. I gave up and took my machine to a supposedly good repair shop and they managed to get the computer to work running xp pro by replacing some missing files. What can I do about restoring my computer again this time back to it's original state and OS as I predict it may be soon that I need to do this. Why the restore disk is labled Media Center and has XP Pro on it is beyond me. This OS does not work with my PC and was not intended to. As you may have guessed , I contacted e-machines several times about this, they even sent me another disk which contained the same thing( XP Pro) After that, It wasd as though they they thougt I was from another planet. Do you have any suggestions as to what I could do? It' a great computer, but when something goes wrong with the OS, it will just be a lifeless hulk. It's a shame. Thanks for your ansers and input, God-Bless, wes powell

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  • powell1583 Jan 01, 2009

    I checked out some restore points(system restore) unfortunately these do not go back far enough; just to Oct. 2008. I beleive you are on the right track. Somehow that correct os has got to be on the recovery disk. Running it myself one time it did come out Media Center but there were restarting issues, so I ran it again but couldn't get it back to Media Center edition.XP Pro was installed. How can I wipe my hard disk clean and start over? wes powell

  • powell1583 Jan 02, 2009

    I need to know how to "wipe my hard-drive clean and start over. thanks

  • powell1583 Jan 02, 2009

    I appreciate all the help you guys provided. Thanks! w.p.

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Hi welcome to fixya! Actually its all about bad sectors. I encountered that many times too. the remedy there is to diagnose it using HDD diagnostic tools, like HDD Disk Warrior, we have also norton disk utility all of them are exe files so even if you are not running windows system you can still run diagnostic tools at the C prompt. If you have this kind of tools you can start diagnosing. It will repair bad sectors as well as the HDD itself. then after the repair process, you need to reformat your disk, install the XP sp2 version, be sure to backup your important files and be sure also that you have 500mhz processor or higher and 256MB of memory or higher. if you are worrying about these tools feel free to ask at any computer shop near you Im sure they have it. but if still don't work out try replacing your hard disk, the reason why the system could not function well is that, some of the system data has been placed to a bad sector, so, the tendency there is, it will jump, supposed to be the needle reader will read it first but the problem is, the data was placed in one of the HDD bad sectors and it couldn't be located anymore. try it... God Bless too! have a nice day and Happy New Year to you! 

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If you can get an XP retail disk or a Media Centre retail disk from a computer shoppe or a friend that has a disk, it will work fine as the retail versions of XP and XP MCE are full install disks that have not been OEM updated and branded, but they do not contain model specific drivers for the motherboards chipset and the integrated and add on hardware. You will have to go to the eMachines support page and download the drivers specific to your machine and put them on a CD or flash drive so that when the install is completed and it asks for drivers for the hardware it detects, you have them handy. The eMachines site has all the drivers for their machines. The chipset drivers are needed so the PCI bus and the IDE and or SATA controllers work properly. After the PCI drivers are installed any PCI add on cards should be properly detected and the drivers for those devices can be installed. If you get at least the chipset driver and the ethernet driver installed, you can go online and get the rest of the drivers later.
If you have any 3rd party cards like soundcards or upgraded video cards and so on, you will need to go to the card manufacturers site and download the drivers from there.
If the system is having issues where it is shutting down or rebooting on its own at random times or when you run certain programmes, you may have bad memory or the motherboard is going bad.

Hope this helps and if you need any more help let me know.

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Shayne Schecht

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Hi and welcome to FixYa,

Initially, Media Center is one of the different variation of Windows XP. Among others are Home, pro, ProX64, Tablet. Having said that, the basic OS would be the same with the exception that some features are enabled in others by default while would have to be manually configured and enabled in others. As described here, "Many of the features of Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 (including screen dancers, auto playlist DJ, and high end visual screen savers) were taken from the Windows XP Plus! packages. These were originally shipped as add ons to Windows XP to enhance the users experience of their Windows XP machine." So Basically, it is still an XP.

To your concern, possible suspects and related ideas that would include (but not be limited to):

  • hard drive. the installed files tend to go corrupt after some time of use, a physical fault and would require replacement;
  • memory, on Windows boot, the files from the hard drive are loaded unto the memory, if and when the CPU calls for these files and would not be present, the system halts and restarts. One could always try to remove the memory, clean the little gold pins with a hard pencil eraser and try again;
  • set the CMOS/BIOS to full factory default (would be required prior to re-installation of the OS);
  • perhaps your best bet would be to seek out a local geek who would address your concern/computer more of a challenge rather than a workload.
Good luck and Thank you for using FixYa. Happy New Year.

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Windows Media Center Edition ( MCE ) is XP pro with a set of extensions which handle the multimedia interfaces. The system provides all the extra securities of adminstrator, user privileges, network securities the the full XP pro provides. At present Microsoft only officially distributes MCE to OEM manufaturers for installation on fully configured multimedia systems. The manufacturer is expected to provide the multimedia support. That makes an MCE computer a bargain way to get XP pro as well as multimedia functionality.

I suspect that the installation is not recognizing one or more of the key elements which designates your computer as MCE compatible. Therefore it defaults to plain old XP PRO. Boot into your BIOS and see if it has a "restore default settings" selection. Make sure all peripherals ( audio, modems, ports, etc. ) are enabled when you do the install.

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I actually have heard the Same problem before about Embedded Windows Applications and Rebooting Windows. After a Little further research on the Subject I have discovered that Most people ahve had to Purchase a New Program CD of their OS to solve this problem. You can get one from Half.com or any website Comparable without Paying the Full Retail price for the OS. Let me know if I need to look further for Ya!

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Have back for important files and try complete formatting your system and once again install the OS with latest features .

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Does the recovery disc ask you what version of windows it is going to restore?

if not and you want the media center edition back I would suggest you look for the media center installaion CD / dvd from www.ebay.com just the installation media the full version will most likely cost the price of a new media center and thats a little too much I think.

the full version with a lisence seems to be going at around 100usd

http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-Windows-XP-Media-Center-Edition-Full-Version-NIB_W0QQitemZ280297757094QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUS_Software?hash=item280297757094&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1234|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A1318|301%3A0|293%3A1|294%3A50




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About all you can do is buy a copy of Windows media center.  I don't know why they would have your disk labeled that way or why they would send another one like it.  I would still try to get up to management to obtain the correct software though. 

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Wes have you tried to roll back the os to the beginining of the life of this computer yet, You should be able to use the disks that e-machines sent you but first you are going to have to wipe the hard drive comppletely and then restore to os with the ones that you got from e-machines.

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