Windows XP Media Center was a complete Operating System before the release of Windows 7. Microsoft released it in October 2001. The basic features of all Windows XP variants are the same. However, Media Center Edition has some special features. It serves as a home-entertainment hub for users. It was the very first Operating System that brings specifically the Media Center features as major. From Windows 7 onwards, Media Center became a part of OS. Ultimately, Microsoft discontinued it in Windows 10.

Download Windows XP Media Center Edition


Download Requirements

  • 6GHz processor
  • DirectX 9.0 hardware-accelerated GPU
  • 256MB RAM
  • Hard Disk Space: 5GB
  • Display: Super VGA (800 x 600)

Methods to Create Windows XP Media Center Bootable USB (Installation Guide)

Before starting the installation process, we will create a bootable USB flash drive for Windows XP Media Center ISO. Here, I am using all quick and easy methods for this purpose. Check them below.

Method # 1: Easy USB Creator 2.3.1 application (Free)

You can use this easy method for Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, 8 10 and Windows Server. However, you need “.NET Framework 2.0 or above” to use it. Download “.NET Framework 2.0” from Microsoft’s official site. It quickly converts the ISO image into a bootable USB drive. Follow the instructions in this context.

  1. Connect a USB flash drive with the PC.
  2. Download the ISO file of Windows XP Media Center from the above section.
  3. Now, click here to download the Easy USB Creator 2.3.1.
  4. Double-click the “.exe file” to install it.
  5. Here, open the tool.
  6. It displays an icon like “…” this with ISO file option. Select this sign to add the path of Windows XP ISO file.
  7. Next, you will see “Destination Drive.” Select a drive where you want to save the “executable file” and click “Start.”
  8. It quickly transforms the ISO image into an executable file. Within a minute, your bootable USB is ready. Move to the installation guide.

Method # 2: Bootable USB/DVD of Zipped Windows XP ISO

If you have a zipped Windows XP ISO file, download 7-Zip Extractor. It will extract the files from the zipped folder.

  1. Download Windows XP Media Center ISO from the link given above. Once it is downloaded, right-click the ISO image and select “Extract.”
  2. Now, burn them into a bootable Windows XP ISO DVD/USB flash drive by using the above tool.
  3. Your bootable DVD/USB flash drive is ready now. Install Windows XP on your desired system by using it.
  4. Move to the installation guide.

Method # 3: Bootable USB/DVD via USB Creator 2.0 (Microsoft’s Tool)

The third method involves Microsoft’s official tool known as “USB Creator 2.0.” You can download it from Microsoft’s official site. It quickly converts the ISO image of Windows XP into an executable file.

  1. Download it from there and follow the instructions below.
  2. Connect the USB to your PC.
  3. Download the ISO file from the above section.
  4. Select USB/DVD to save the ISO image.
  5. Now, open the tool “USB Creator 2.0” and select “Browse” to locate the ISO file.
  6. Below this option, there is “Destination Drive.”
  7. Select the USB drive from here.
  8. Select the option “Create USB” at the bottom of the tool. Within no time, it converts the ISO image into an executable file.

Installation Guide

(First, enter in BIOS to enable the option “Installation from USB”.)

  1. Reboot system and press “Del” to enter BIOS. (If your system is showing any other key, like F1, F2, press it.
  2. Select “Advanced BIOS settings” by using Up/Down or Right/Left arrow keys.
  3. Press “USB as the primary boot device” and “F10” to exit BIOS.
  4. Now, connect your bootable USB to the system and restart it.
  5. First, select the PC version. Mostly it is 32-bit.
  6. Select “Install from USB” and click “Next” from there.
  7. The system starts copying files from the USB drive.
  8. Make partitions of the hard disk drive by assigning a relevant volume to each partition.
  9. Select a partition where you will save Windows XP Media Center Edition.
  10. First, it collects information.
  11. Now, the system installs the Dynamic Updates.
  12. Then, it shows that it’s preparing installation.
  13. Ultimately, the installation is finalized.
  14. Wait until the installation process is over. It may take about 40 minutes.
  15. Meanwhile, the PC restarts several times. Don’t interrupt the installation process.
  16. Now set the time and date according to the geographical location.
  17. Enjoy using Windows XP Media Center Edition.

Windows XP Media Center Features

The basic features of Windows XP are the same in all variants. But the Media Center edition has some particular attractions. Let’s have an overview of the Media Center edition to know what it brings for us.

Royale Theme is only present in this edition. You will not find it in other variants of Windows XP. It’s by-default enabled.

It brings CD/DVD video burning for users.

This variant is compatible with Media Center Extenders.

Upgraded Windows Media Player 10 has Windows Media Format Runtime 9.5.

It supports Xbox 360, DVB-T broadcast and ATSC tuner cards to bring more convenience for users.

Digital Media Edition components make it a special OS. You will find Audio Converter, CD Label Maker, Party Mode and Dancer in it.

This edition brings a wide range of attractive screensavers and themes from Microsoft Plus.

The built-in powerful media player plays and records TV programs smoothly.

It also supports photo slideshows. You can create slideshows; customize time and duration according to your preference.

SoundSpectrum’s G-Force brings the best music visualizations.

Media Center edition offers free TV guide services to compete rival commercial DVR products.

You can backup data quickly by using the standard Win2k backup program.

It’s the only Windows XP edition that supports dynamic disks. Other editions of this OS don’t support it.

You can fix troubleshoot problems by using the Remote Assistance feature. You can access any PC by using a remote desktop feature.

Terminal Services session allows you to access any system remotely. You can also access data from a remote system.

It’s compatible with most of the Windows 98 and Windows Me programs. If you have upgraded from these OS to Windows XP Media Center, it will support all apps and tools of the previous OS.

This variant supports IP Security, Client Services for NetWare, SNMP and Network Monitor.

It also supports Win2K and NT.

Moreover, this variant supports two processors.

This variant supports MP3 and MP4 music files.


Does it have Windows Media Player 6.4?
No, it doesn’t have it.
Can I find “Windows Server Domain” in it?
No, it doesn’t have the ability to join an Active Directory domain. It’s by-default “Disabled” in it. Users who have an enabled Active Directory domain in previous OS can use it in Windows XP Media Center too.
Can I play the latest DOS games on it?
It doesn’t support the latest DOS games. You can play the old ones. To play the latest DOS games, you need a DOS emulator known as DOSBox.
Is it safe to use Windows XP now?
It may involve some risks because Microsoft has stopped official support for it. So, the features may be attractive, but your system will not be secure.