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Windows Longhorn 3683 Media Center

Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2019 4:07 am
by BetaTester954
Hi, I have been trying getting Media Center to officially work in Longhorn 3683.

It functions but has alot of bugs I have videos of it in action on YouTube.
I have found a way to use files from XP MCE 2002 to make this work.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAXYPMqUKGw
Check this out

Was wondering if anybody else has got it to fully function before?

Re: Windows Longhorn 3683 Media Center

Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:12 pm
by Cosmo
If I recall correctly, you have to use a certain product key during setup to install the Media Center Edition. I assume you've done so but with no luck yet?

Re: Windows Longhorn 3683 Media Center

Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:57 pm
by BetaTester954
Cosmo wrote:
Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:12 pm
If I recall correctly, you have to use a certain product key during setup to install the Media Center Edition. I assume you've done so but with no luck yet?
I think I tried a Windows XP WMC 2002 Key last week and It said it was invalid, i plan to try some other 2002 WMC keys
and hope for the best.

Re: Windows Longhorn 3683 Media Center

Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:33 pm
by Cosmo
BetaTester954 wrote:
Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:57 pm
Cosmo wrote:
Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:12 pm
If I recall correctly, you have to use a certain product key during setup to install the Media Center Edition. I assume you've done so but with no luck yet?
I think I tried a Windows XP WMC 2002 Key last week and It said it was invalid, i plan to try some other 2002 WMC keys
and hope for the best.
Um, I figured it out. You can't install the MCE components by default. In your Longhorn 3683 machine, click Start>Conrtol Panel>Add or Remove Programs
Then, add the components called "Freestyle" (codename for longhorn MCE) and install them. After installing, the build may become unstable or crash on some computers. When prompted for the second disk, navigate to the D:\I386 directory of the iso/disk and click Open/OK.

You will also get a new bootscreen, which changes the word "Professional" to "Freestyle"

Re: Windows Longhorn 3683 Media Center

Posted: Sun Mar 24, 2019 2:05 am
by DellLatitudeD630ATG
Cosmo wrote:
Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:33 pm
BetaTester954 wrote:
Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:57 pm
Cosmo wrote:
Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:12 pm
If I recall correctly, you have to use a certain product key during setup to install the Media Center Edition. I assume you've done so but with no luck yet?
I think I tried a Windows XP WMC 2002 Key last week and It said it was invalid, i plan to try some other 2002 WMC keys
and hope for the best.
Um, I figured it out. You can't install the MCE components by default. In your Longhorn 3683 machine, click Start>Conrtol Panel>Add or Remove Programs
Then, add the components called "Freestyle" (codename for longhorn MCE) and install them. After installing, the build may become unstable or crash on some computers. When prompted for the second disk, navigate to the D:\I386 directory of the iso/disk and click Open/OK.

You will also get a new bootscreen, which changes the word "Professional" to "Freestyle"
The required components are on the 3683 disc at

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D:\I386
. However, I found that it works fine with disc 2 for Windows XP Media Center Edition SP1.