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    Windows XP Media Center compatiblity alert

    Hi all, I recently purchased a Windows XP media center PC and was thinking of getting a midi keyboard controller. Apparently it seems that some hardware and software is not garanteed to function correctly with media center PC's. Wished i'd known that earlier. David here's the web page Technical Support Knowledge Base Article # 30163 Date: 01/05/2006 Problem: Windows XP Media Center compatiblity alert (updated 2/12/2007). Solution: Windows XP Media Center is a version of Windows specifically designed for integration of TV and radio features into the operating system. Microsoft gives the following information: Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, available preinstalled on Media Center PCs, allows you to pause and rewind live TV or radio, digitally record an entire TV series or program category, watch DVDs and videos, organize and play your music collection, and showcase digital photos. Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 makes it easier to access digital entertainment wherever you are. Here are some of the top features: * Multi-tuner support (record two shows at the same time and watch another previously recorded show) * Support for digital and high-definition local TV * Built-in CD and DVD burning * Windows Movie Maker 2.1 with DVD burning * Internet radio * Enhanced setup wizard for easier installation (from: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/m...ation/faq.mspx ) You can also read more about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_xp_media_center Needless to say, these features, while useful for live media purposes, tend to significantly interfere with the vast majority of audio applications. Here is an (unofficial) list of software and hardware we have found to be unsupported in XP Media Center: • Digidesign Pro Tools (all versions). • All M-Audio software and hardware. • All Steinberg software. • Cakewalk SONAR (all versions). • The iLok. • Syncrosoft USB dongles. • Focusrite interfaces. • Lexicon Omega/Alpha/Lambda. • Edirol interfaces. • Alesis USB and Firewire mixers. • All MOTU hardware and software. • All E-MU hardware and software. • Native Instruments software. • Waves software. • Mackie Spike. Tracktion has been known to work, but is not guaranteed. • Novation X-Station series. • TC Eletric PowerCore series. • Universal Audio UAD-1 cards. • All RME hardware. • All PreSonus hardware. • All TASCAM software and hardware. • Blue Snowball and Samson C01 USB Microphones. • Line 6 USB hardware and drivers Keep in mind that this is an unofficial list. These are simply products that we have found, through our experience and through manufacturer requirements, to not function properly in XP Media Center. However, you may experience full functionality with any of the aforementioned products. Sweetwater can only provide support for either XP Home or XP Professional. These are the versions that we at Sweetwater install on our Creation Station series, and the only versions we have found to be fully compatible with everything we sell. ** NOTE: Windows 64-bit has been tested and proven to work with many newer software applications (such as SONAR 5). However, since at this time the OS is so new, not every program has been updated to support Windows 64. Hopefully, in the near future, they will, but as of this writing, we recommend XP Home or Pro.

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    Thanks for the information!
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    Re: Windows XP Media Center compatiblity alert

    Sweetwater may just not want to deal with the (slightly more complex) different setup.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sweetwater
    However, you may experience full functionality with any of the aforementioned products.
    I have used SONAR 5, NI stuff, and Edirol hardware with Windows Media Center without problems. The key may be to have a separate sound card from the integrated one on the board.

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    Re: Windows XP Media Center compatiblity alert

    Thanks for the info.

    Is there no way to just uninstall the media center aps with the uninstall that is located in the control panel? Or disable them in the part that controls which windows features you want to use? I forgot what it is called exactly, but some link in the same window as the uninstalls there is a place to uncheck boxes of features you don't want to use.

    If not, then maybe you could contact MS support for a possible trade in to XP pro.

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    Re: Windows XP Media Center compatiblity alert

    Quote Originally Posted by Leaf
    If not, then maybe you could contact MS support for a possible trade in to XP pro.
    Better hurry. As far as I know, it's Vista or nothing at this point. I don't think Microsoft will sell any end user a copy of Windows XP anymore. I hope I'm wrong.
    Wheat Williams
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    Music Copyist in Sibelius
    Apple MacBook Pro, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
    Apple Certified Support Professional. I also work with Windows.

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    Re: Windows XP Media Center compatiblity alert

    I been running Windows Media Center with Finale 2007 and the full version of GPO without any porblems.

    Thanks for the reminder about the other software. I am seriously think of buying a sequencer of some kind.

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    I've also had no problems. But if we do get problems, I will wonder if its because of the media center operating system. Which is not nice if you've spend $700 on a sequencer. I'm thinking may be it would be better buy Vista in a year. Audio will be better supported with this operating system. Can't understand why my post isn't formatted. David

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