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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by aeuzent, Jul 22, 2006.

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  1. aeuzent

    aeuzent Thread Starter

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    Well I've been going about mapping out a new machine that I'm planing to build for myself with all kinds of fancy new features when I discovered the other day I have to buy a new version of XP.

    I currently own an original release version of XP Pro (pre-sp1) and I found out that it wont support a partition over 130 or so gigabytes. I'm planing to buy a 750gb hard drive and split it 300/450gb. So now I gotta buy a new XP.

    On to the actual question, while shopping (and fuming) I came across XP Media Center Edition which I've heard of but never really cared about. I've heard that it basically has the same functionality as XP Pro plus lots of other goodies. Since I have to buy a new version anyway should I go for the new flashy media center or buy the exact same OS I already have plus two service packs? What does media center have to offer and is it worth it?
     
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    If you can afford a new OS then go for it. But, Service Pack 2 fixes the hard drive limitations.
     
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    SP1 fixed the 48bit addressing not sp2 although sp2 has all of the fixes that were in sp1 along with many other fixes.

    I agree you do NOT need to buy a new os as long as you have a real MS cd and not a recovery type cd. Just make a slipstreamed install cd. This is really quite easy to do. I install the drivers I need on the cd as well. This puts everything in one place for the install.
     
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    Creating a slipstreamed disk is really painless using AutoStreamer.
     
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