Need to uninstall XP Media Center

By Triathlete1981 ·
I need to uninstall Media Center to do a clean install of XP Pro. Microsoft said I can't use install Pro over Media Center, and I need to sign on to the domain at my work with this computer. I tried Add/Remove Programs and booting with an MS-DOS floppy and running fdisk and diskpart. Neither worked. Any suggestions?

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Media Center, as in Windows Media Center Edition?

by Absolutely In reply to Need to uninstall XP Medi ...

If so, that's your operating system, and you don't 'uninstall' it, you install over it. A short time into the process of installing XP Pro, you will have the opportunity to format your hard drive, which will remove all the data on your hard drive, including the Windows Media Center Operating System. While you're at it, creating a small primary partition (I like about 30GB) for your operating system can help your computer operate faster, and leaves the rest of your drive available for a secondary partition, which would be mapped as the \ or E drive, depending where your CD/DVD drive gets mapped. With that arrangement, you can re-install your operating system without nearly as much trouble retaining your data.

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the ultimate boot cd

by cworsley In reply to Need to uninstall XP Medi ...

boot and nuke that removes everything on a hard drive .download it and then boot it. burn it to ia disk and then boot considering that you are a IT i trust that that you no how to boot a disk. so anyway boot the disk and tell it to boot and nuke this will take a long time so go do something else when it is doin this. then install XP PRO. dont uninstall it just nuke it it is a lot easier

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FDISK will work but you need to use it properly

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Need to uninstall XP Medi ...

When you get FDISK open chose the option 4 remove Non DOS Partition and select this option. If there is more than 1 partition installed you'll need to do this with every partition till the HDD is completely empty.

Then insert the XP Pro CD into the Optical Drive and reboot the computer. If you have any SATA Drives you will most likely need to copy the correct SATA Drivers to the Root of a Floppy and press F6 as soon as the Blue Screen appears and then just follow the directions to install XP as stated on the screen.

Or if like me you are lazy you can do an In Place Install of XP Pro by changing BIOS to boot from the Optical Drive first then insert the XP Pro CD and boot off than and then follow the directions here if you have installed programs and data that you need to keep

Of course to do this you need a valid XP Pro license the Media Centre License will not be acceptable to M$ if you are hit with a Software Audit.


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Use at your own risk

by 1bn0 In reply to Need to uninstall XP Medi ...

How to join Windows Media Center to a Domain

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