Windows Update Question

Microsoft Windows

Hi,
Having just got a new machine with XP Professional Media Centre
Edition 2005 with SP2 and Roll Up Update 2 installed I was surprised
to see 49 High Priority Updates showing.
Having experienced the chaos of updating XP home SP1 for 3 years I
am unsure which updates are really needed and having had a quick look
at the topic on google it would seem that some updates cause major
problems with MCE 2005.
I do not wish to mess up my new machine and have to do a factory
recovery so soon.
Any advice much appreciated.

James
49 is not unusual for a new PC. Also, Windows Media Center is not "Pro",
just Media Center. Should have been called Media Center Home.

-Frank
No, it shouldn't. It is based on PRO, not Home. It is what it is. Media
Center Edition. Neither Home or Pro
Media Center Edition is more or less XP Pro with a couple of minor
differences related to corporate networking, it is not XP Home (if that is
what you are implying).

As far as the updates, I have let all the High-Priority update install on my
MCE machine and have not experieced any problems.
Can you tell me what Pro featues it has that Home does not?

-Frank
By default it lacks the ability to join a domain-based network and cached
security credentials. This is to facilitate the use a Fast User Switching
for the Extenders. This can be overcome, either by adding a domain name at
initial install or by using a hack, either technique will disable the use of
an Extender however.
Here is a list of feature differences between XP Home and XP Pro.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/home/howtobuy/choosing2.mspx

Does Media Center have any of the features listed here as only XP Pro?

-Frank
As stated, it has all the features except the ones I mentioned.
It has everything that Windows XP Pro has, except for Cached credentials and
domain join.

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Thank you. Now I understand. I didn't know that. I recently purchased an hp
Media Center box and immediately converted it to XP Pro. I have licenses and
I needed to join a domain. I never cared for or needed the Media Center
software, but the machine was a very good deal and it came with MCE.

BTW, I did read about the hacks to MCE for joining a domain but decided
against that.

Anyway, thanks!

-Frank
You're welcome Frank.

--
Jason Tsang - Microsoft MVP

Read my blog for the latest in Media Center topics
(and other topics that interest me)
http://jtsang.blogspot.com

More information by me
http://jtsang.mvps.org
http://www.classicsunveiled.com

Find out about the MS MVP Program -
http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/default.aspx