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    Quote Originally Posted by voidunknown
    No, from what I read if you upgrade from 04 to 05, and don't do a strait away install, you WILL be able to keep your existing domain functionality.

    Try ghosting your HD to another one, perform the upgrade and see what happens. If it doesn't work, you have a complete backup to restore. Since you have a domain running at home, I'll assume you know how to ghost and have a spare HD.
    Your partly right, ghosting but no extra HD. I was thinking of getting a set of SATA's for my desktop so I guess this is a good time.

    After looking at MS web site I found this:

    "Q. What about consumers upgrading from Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004? Will they lose these features?
    A. No. Consumers who are eligible for an upgrade to Media Center Edition 2005 will keep these features as they were a part of their originally purchased product."

    I just might wait until an upgrade is available. I'm glad I found out before installing 05. Weird that MS would go to the trouble of removing a feature. The web site clearing states it's built on Pro, so they had to actually go to the trouble of removing that feature. According to MS:

    "While you can access network resources on a work network or a domain, you cannot join a Windows XP Media Center 2005 PC to the domain. PCs running Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 are designed specifically for home use. Professional features, specifically Domain Join and Cached Credentials (Credentials Manager for logins) are not included. As a result, you will be prompted for your login username/password to access network resources after a reboot or logging back into the PC. In addition, file shares or network resources set to require a domain-joined PC for access will not be available. Remote Desktop and Encrypting File System support are still included."

    So if it's designed specifically for home use, and given that most homes don't have a domain controller, what was the point of removing it? Just to keep people at work from recording tv?

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    Let me get this straight. So the only way you can get domain support is if you first install 2004 and then upgrade to 2005? What the crap is up with that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by brady
    Let me get this straight. So the only way you can get domain support is if you first install 2004 and then upgrade to 2005? What the crap is up with that?
    Worse then that. You have to get the upgrade from the OEM of your MCE Computer and in the case of HP they haven't mentioned if and when they "may" offer an upgrade. If you got your copy through MSDN then your really screwed because MS isn't offering an upgrade, at least not at this time.

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    Nah, you wait for MCE 2005 from MSDN and do an upgrade install over MCE 2004 like any other version of windows. The only difficulty is you might need newer MCE2005-compatible drivers for some of your components (most likely the tuner card).
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    Quote Originally Posted by TimmyM
    Worse then that. You have to get the upgrade from the OEM of your MCE Computer and in the case of HP they haven't mentioned if and when they "may" offer an upgrade. If you got your copy through MSDN then your really screwed because MS isn't offering an upgrade, at least not at this time.
    I installed MCE 2004 on a spare machine last night. I then joined it to my domain. After that I installed MCE 2005 from my MSDN copy. All is well. MSDN did the upgrade and it is still in the domain. I even removed it from the domain and it allowed me to join again. So, 04-05 upgrade works nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arathranar
    Nah, you wait for MCE 2005 from MSDN and do an upgrade install over MCE 2004 like any other version of windows. The only difficulty is you might need newer MCE2005-compatible drivers for some of your components (most likely the tuner card).
    MCE 2004 drivers work fine with MCE 2005 drivers. In fact, I used a Windows XP Home/Pro driver for my TV Tuner card too. No problems there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by voidunknown
    MCE 2004 drivers work fine with MCE 2005 drivers. In fact, I used a Windows XP Home/Pro driver for my TV Tuner card too. No problems there.

    Good to know about both facts. My copy should be here in a couple of days and I plan on doing the same. What dvd decoder do you use? I've heard the NVDVD is the best one to use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TimmyM
    Good to know about both facts. My copy should be here in a couple of days and I plan on doing the same. What dvd decoder do you use? I've heard the NVDVD is the best one to use.
    NVDVD is in fact the best, because that is what I use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by voidunknown
    NVDVD is in fact the best, because that is what I use.
    I think I'm using PowerDVD with my 04, not sure why. I've got a eVGA GeForce4 MX 4000, I would think it would have came with a copy, but I can't seem to find it anywhere if it did.

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    Since when did you have to be on the domain to get internet access or share files. I bring my laptop into work all of the time and it works just fine. All i need to share files or map a drive is my admin username domain_name\administrator and password.
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