I have discovered a way to slipstream xp media center with SP3 :
I was comparing the i386 folders of the xp professional disk to xp media center disk 1 with windiff and found a few files that are not included or different. Follow this procedure. Step 1. Copy these files from the "i386" folder of media center disk 1 directory to your desktop: "MEDCTROC.DL_" "MEDCTROC.IN_" and "MEDIACTR.CA_". Step 2. Combine XP Media Center Edition disk 1 and disk 2 into one folder named "whatever you like" so "components" and disk 1 are in the root of "whatever you like". Step 3. Slipstream with SP3. I used n-lite. Now that you have slipsteamed you have replaced files needed to install media center so continue to step 4. Step 4. Copy "MEDCTROC.DL", "MEDCTROC.IN" and "MEDIACTR.CA" from the desktop and paste them to the i386 folder of the slipstreamed installation of xp media center edition. When you do it will ask you if you want to replace the files becouse they are different versions. Replace. Step 5. Make a bootable DVD of the contents of "whatever you like" and install Windows XP Media center edition 2005.
Note 1: When installing you must use the "Mastor" optical drive (usually the top drive) as opposed to the "slave" or windows wil not find "components" and you will get a bad result.
Note 2: Using this method will give you media center edition with service pack three. Everything will work but It will give you media player 9 instead of 10 since SP3 replaces player 10 with 9. As a result you won't get digital media enhancments (windows dancer, label maker extra themes) and the sonic burn plugin (create cd or dvd in more programs) since these are dependent on media player 10. If these are not important to you than I reccomend this procedure for your tuner card TV and DVR.
Note 3: Replacing "PLUS.CA_" "PLUSOC.DL_" AND "PLUSOC.IN_" makes no difference since sp3 replaces player 10 with 9 and "plus" cab is dependent on player 10 to install.
Note 4: (not related to slipstreaming MCE) Make sure you install media player 10 along with net 1.1 and net 1.1 sp1 or update rollup 2 "KB 900325" will fail to install.
Edited by The Felon, 05 August 2008 - 02:05 PM.
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