How to Get Windows Media Center 2005 to Join a Domain

Changing a registry key will allow you to join a domain and cache credentials thus making MCE2K5 the same as XP SP2 Pro (Retail) w/ Media Center. The problem is this registry key cannot be changed from within Windows. One quick note: THIS WILL DISABLE FAST USER SWITCHING AND WILL NOT ALLOW YOU TO USE MEDIA EXTENDERS (XBOX 360).
Here are some instructions:

  1. Dual boot into Windows or use Barts PE
  2. Start Registry Editor, click on HKEY_Local_Machine
  3. Click on File, Load Hive
  4. Select c:\Windows\System32\Config\System file
  5. Give it a name: MCE
  6. Browse to HKEY_Local_Machine\MCE\WPA\MedCtrUpg
  7. Change IsLegacyMCE to 1 (ONE)
  8. Browse to HKEY_Local_Machine\MCE
  9. Click File, Unload Hive
  10. Reboot the PC

The method above is the easier way to go about this. If for whatever reason you have an issues you may want to try this other method. This way uses the recovery console to copy the registry file, edit the copy and then copy the duplicate over the original.

  1. Insert Windows XP CD.
  2. Start > Run > X:\i386\winnt32.exe /cmdcons
  3. (replace X: with the appropiate drive letter)
  4. Acknowledge prompt by clicking Yes
  5. Skip updating process by clicking Cancel or by pressing Esc
  6. After installation, acknowledge success msg. by clicking Ok
  7. Start > Shutdown > Restart
  8. At boot menu, select Microsoft Windows Recovery Console
  9. Select proper installation to log onto (default: 1) and press Enter
  10. (If prompted, enter Administrator password and press Enter)
  11. Type (without quotes) and press enter: cd system32\config
  12. Type (without quotes) and press enter: copy SYSTEM C:\
  13. Type (without quotes) and press enter: exit
  14. At boot menu, select Windows XP Media Center Edition
  15. Start > Run > Type: regedit and press enter
  16. Click on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
  17. File > Load Hive
  18. Browse and select C:\SYSTEM
  19. Specify key name BANANA and click OK
  20. Expand: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > BANANA > WPA > MedCtrUpg
  21. On the right-hand side, double-click IsLegacyMCE value
  22. Change selected value to 1 and click Ok. (THAT IS NOT AN L!)
  23. Click on BANANA subkey (under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE)
  24. File > Unload Hive. Confirm.
  25. Start > Shutdown > Restart
  26. At boot menu, select Microsoft Windows Recovery Console
  27. Select proper installation to log onto (default: 1) and press Enter
  28. (If prompted, enter Administrator password and press Enter)
  29. Type (without quotes) and press enter: cd \
  30. Type (without quotes) and press enter: copy SYSTEM C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM
  31. (Yes, you want to overwrite – Go ahead and do it)
  32. Type (without quotes) and press enter: del SYSTEM
  33. Type (without quotes) and press enter: exit
  34. At boot menu, select Windows XP Media Center Edition

Max OS X Startup Key Sequences

I do not own a Mac (yet) but I do administrate some at work and have used this list a number of times. Macs dont have a bios per se but they do have keyboard shortcuts that can kick off various functions during boot. Ive used the T one to boot from an ipod once (I had to install Tiger on a machine that didnt have a DVD drive).
Ive found two lists, one for Mac and one for Mac Intel machines.
Mac [credit]

  • X during startup – Force Mac OS X startup
  • option – (eventually) brings up a screen with startup volume choices
  • Option-Command-Shift-Delete – Bypass primary startup volume and seek a different startup volume (such as a CD or external disk)
  • C – Start up from a CD that has a system folder
  • N – Attempt to start up from a compatible network server (NetBoot)
  • T – Start up in FireWire Target Disk mode (very handy for plugging your Mac into another as an external hard drive)
  • Shift – start up in Safe Boot mode and temporarily disable login items and non-essential kernel extension files (Mac OS X 10.2 and later)
  • Command-V – Start up in Verbose mode.
  • Command-S – Start up in Single-User mode
  • cmd-opt-p-r – Zap PRAM. Hold down until second chime.
  • cmd-opt-n-v – Clear NV RAM. Similar to reset-all in Open Firmware.
  • cmd-opt-o-f – Boot into open firmware
  • hold mouse click – force eject a CD/DVD

Mac Intel [credit]

  • Press C during startup Start up from a bootable CD or DVD, such as the Mac OS X Install disc that came with the computer.
  • Press D during startup Start up in Apple Hardware Test (AHT), if the Install DVD 1 is in the computer.
  • Press Option-Command-P-R until you hear two beeps. Reset NVRAM
  • Press Option during startup Starts into Startup Manager, where you can select a Mac OS X volume to start from. Note: Press N to make the the first bootable Network volume appear as well.
  • Press Eject, F12, or hold the mouse button Ejects any removable media, such as an optical disc.
  • Press N during startup Attempt to start up from a compatible network server (NetBoot).
  • Press T during startup Start up in FireWire Target Disk mode.
  • Press Shift during startup Start up in Safe Boot mode and temporarily disable login items.
  • Press Command-V during startup Start up in Verbose mode.
  • Press Command-S during startup Start up in Single-User mode.
  • Press Option-N during startup Start from a NetBoot server using the default boot image.