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cormudgen 205 22 August 12, 2011 at 05:52 AM
I know i've seen it mentioned in some threads in the deals section that Microsoft provides the ISO's for current and previous Windows for download. I am needing to do a reinstall of Win XP Media Center on a friends laptop and would like to avoid using the "backup disk" provided by HP to avoid some of the bloatware installed. I have the key, so am not looking to get a new purchase, but want to get a clean ISO while avoiding using torent sites if possible.

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Microsoft uses digitalriver.com for ISO downloads - I don't know what the direct link is, but that's the site that hosts them.
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I know i've seen it mentioned in some threads in the deals section that Microsoft provides the ISO's for current and previous Windows for download. I am needing to do a reinstall of Win XP Media Center on a friends laptop and would like to avoid using the "backup disk" provided by HP to avoid some of the bloatware installed. I have the key, so am not looking to get a new purchase, but want to get a clean ISO while avoiding using torent sites if possible.
Check the MSDN site [microsoft.com] for the hash of the .iso you'll be using. If the hash matches the .iso you use, you'll be good regardless of the source.
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Check the MSDN site [microsoft.com] for the hash of the .iso you'll be using. If the hash matches the .iso you use, you'll be good regardless of the source.

I do not have a current subscription to MSDN, is there a way to donload the iso (without cd key) without a subscription?
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Check the MSDN site [microsoft.com] for the hash of the .iso you'll be using. If the hash matches the .iso you use, you'll be good regardless of the source.
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Microsoft uses digitalriver.com for ISO downloads - I don't know what the direct link is, but that's the site that hosts them.
I've only been able to find Win 7 information on digital river's site.
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Ah, I skipped over the XP part.

Is the CD you have a restore CD or an OS CD? There are different versions - usually the full system restore will be several CDs, and the OS is a single disk. If you have XP on a single CD, that's probably the OS by itself & it won't install the HP crap.
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Ah, I skipped over the XP part.

Is the CD you have a restore CD or an OS CD? There are different versions - usually the full system restore will be several CDs, and the OS is a single disk. If you have XP on a single CD, that's probably the OS by itself & it won't install the HP crap.
Unfortutnately it's not disc at all, just th system restore option that allows me to build the bloated HP disk Smilie
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search for a torrent with your image. i found XP media center addition about a year ago to fix a friends laptop that way. if you can't find it, send me a private message and i'll see what i can do to help you.
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I do not have a current subscription to MSDN, is there a way to donload the iso (without cd key) without a subscription?
Not from MSDN, AFAIK. I was just suggesting using the hash to verify the files is one way to ensure your .iso's are good, in case you couldn't get your hands on originals.

The screenshot you posted: next to Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 - CD1 (English) click view, revealing the disc's specs. The hash is 263E59A41559BDB988304F033EA8116EFC500456.
If you were to get your hands on the .iso's, the hash is valuable in verifying it's original and unchanged
Also, if you need to find a legit download, googling 263E59A41559BDB988304F033EA8116EFC500456 will yield much better results than just MCE 2005 .iso or whatever.

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Unfortutnately it's not disc at all, just th system restore option that allows me to build the bloated HP disk Smilie
I also prefer using retail discs to reinstall because it's nice and clean, especially on my own machines, but often on other folks computers it's a wash.
Sure, you have to uninstall a bunch of stupid crap. I just did an HP desktop with MCE 2005 so I know what you're up against, but I burn through it pretty quickly with Revo Uninstaller.
The HP restoration software will have all of the drivers, some useful software, and all licensing in place. Just a thought.
I'll mention to you also that if you install from a retail disc, it will probably break the option of booting from the restoration partition. Unless you format the entire drive, it will still be there if anyone ever needed it, but probably tougher to access than just pressing F8 or whatever it is.
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i doubt that HP OEM Windows key is going to work on a retail Windows version
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