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    Licensing question: Media Centre on a domain

    We've had 2 flash Sony laptops for SMT, and are wondering if we modified the registry as per published hacks to let Media Centre (that comes pre-installed) work to some extent on a domain.

    Would this break any agreement with MS?

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    Re: Licensing question: Media Centre on a domain

    AFAIK Media centre is like Windows XP Home in that you can't log onto a Domain. You'd probably be able to access file shares /etc but I dont think you'd be able to apply group policies properly.
    I'd expect that any hacks that work around this would probably be illegal unless it's just a minor registry change! Having said that I've never heard of or looked for anything to do this so I'm not sure what's involved it it but it sounds a bit dodgy :?

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    Re: Licensing question: Media Centre on a domain

    MCE can be added to a domain, but only during the installation stage. Once it is fully installed you no longer have the option to add it to a domain.

    Can't see why it would break any agreements when MS put that functionality in there in the first place.

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    Re: Licensing question: Media Centre on a domain

    MCE is XP Pro with extra bits. I use it on my PC at home without problems.

    There's no limitations to joining/unjoining a domain at any time... the MCE bit just runs as a couple of services and an app.

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    Re: Licensing question: Media Centre on a domain

    On these laptops the option to join a domain are greyed out

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    Re: Licensing question: Media Centre on a domain

    Quote Originally Posted by Ric_
    MCE is XP Pro with extra bits. I use it on my PC at home without problems.

    There's no limitations to joining/unjoining a domain at any time... the MCE bit just runs as a couple of services and an app.
    This depends on the version of MCE, there are at least 3 afaik.

    The latest one has domain functionality removed, some earlier versions did not.

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    Re: Licensing question: Media Centre on a domain

    I've been playing around with Media Center for the past couple of weeks.

    Basically it is Pro with some extra bits added however during the installation of the second disc it takes so bits out.

    From what i've seen during installation with OEM discs you have the option like in Pro to have custom netowrk settings and perhaps like simongrahamuk suggests you can add it to the domain through this option. Perhaps worth a try?

    If your have Microsoft Schools Agreement you can download via select Vista Ultimate, as long as it works on these computers then you will Media Center and add to domain options

    Robert

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    Re: Licensing question: Media Centre on a domain

    I maybe incorrectly assumed that you were talking about MCE2005 rather than Vista.

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    Re: Licensing question: Media Centre on a domain

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/m...ation/faq.mspx

    Domain functionality is mentioned on this page

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    Re: Licensing question: Media Centre on a domain

    Quote Originally Posted by Ric_
    MCE is XP Pro with extra bits. I use it on my PC at home without problems.

    There's no limitations to joining/unjoining a domain at any time... the MCE bit just runs as a couple of services and an app.
    Really! i thought XP MCE was the home version with a load of bolt-ons but lacked some of the XP Pro functionality? Willing to admit that I could be wrong as I've never tried connnecting it to a domain myself but all of the docs I've read seem to suggest it's no better than XP Home in that regard.

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    Re: Licensing question: Media Centre on a domain

    Right, as far as I know you can have either. By def when MS sent you the 2 cd's the first CD was a home CD not a pro one.
    The thing is though as the pirates discovered, you can use a normal pro cd (which gives the features) and the second cd and MCE would not check which CD you were using (home/pro) before installing. The CD key effectively enables the install or whatever the first cd is and then asks you for the MCE feature cd through the install.

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    Re: Licensing question: Media Centre on a domain

    We have some Acer Pcs that came with MCE pre-installed on them. The option to join a domain was greyed out. I tried THIS and I can confirm it works! (Use at your own risk etc etc lol)

    No, if you follow the instructions line by line (lines 13, 26 and 33 are really important) it WILL work.

    As to the legality of it, I'm not sure but it is XP Pro with a few things disabled so I don't see why not.

    Hope this helps!

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    Re: Licensing question: Media Centre on a domain

    If the link above doesn't work, I've scanned the printout I have of these instructions and attached it here.

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    Re: Licensing question: Media Centre on a domain

    Quote Originally Posted by woody
    As to the legality of it, I'm not sure but it is XP Pro with a few things disabled so I don't see why not.
    I would think it would be illegal as you are specifically enabling features that you only get access to with a certain license. As you do not have the license you would be illegal to access the features. Its like cracking vista basic to ultimate "just cause its there" and I know you are not permitted to do that. The fact is that MS do not (so far as I have found) provide you with a pro cd and say you cant use it with the domain in the features list. That could mean if you use a pro cd you have a illegal copy and FAST will EAT YOU lol

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    Re: Licensing question: Media Centre on a domain

    My copy is legit... I will be back at home at the weekend and I will double check but it definately seems like XP Pro to me.

    As was mentioned earlier, there are different versions - starting with MCE2004, then MCE2005 (basically MCE2004 with SP2) and then the Vista versions.

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