No Upgrade for Media Center 2003

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Windows Media Player and other apps won't install on Media Center 2003. I bought Vista Ultimate, but my computer can't handle it. Is there anyway to convert Media Center to XP so I can use my computer? Can I return the copy of Vista Ultimate I just bought?

As an early adopter, I feel pretty burned here.
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The official response from Microsoft support is that only the original manufactuer can provide an upgrade. It seems highly unlikely that every manufactuer uses a unique build of XP. This really seems like a technique to pass the buck.

I've heard that I can use my copy of Vista Ultimate as a "downgrade license" for XP. Does anybody know how I would do this?
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Guess this question gets no love.
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If you purchased Vista Ultimate via retail, I suggest that you call Customer Support for assistance on this issue to discuss your options. (You may also want to visit the
Microsoft Answers Site for Windows Vista for online information.)
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I bought some more RAM and new Video card and my machine has a passable (3.4) experience score. I'm not frustrated that Vista doesn't run well on a 6 year old desktop, I'm more frustrated that I had XP with all updates and service packs installed and I couldn't do something as simple as upgrade Windows Media Player.

In 2003, Media Center was a big deal in all the MS press stuff and within a year I was left with no upgrade path for my OS and now I'm left with an OS that won't install basic software released by Microsoft.

It may seem like I'm over-reacting, but think about. My copy of Windows Media Center wouldn't let me upgrade Media Player, it's primary feature. I spent 4 hours installing Vista and now have to deal with a OS that runs poorly on my machine because of a problem that could likely be fixed by changing a few registry keys.
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Depending upon your hardware configuration and OEM, you may have an upgrade path available to you to WMCE 2005 from 2003 - that's what I found on my original Media Center at home. Different OEMs had different policies on upgrades depending upon hardware configurations.

For our home WMCE machine, our OEM didn't offer an upgrade I obtained a copy of WMCE 2005 to install an upgrade per the suggestion here (http://thegreenbutton.com/forums/thre...) from David Alles: "We have already provided somewhat of a solution already, albeit not widely advertised. If there is a system builder near you, they have the ability of selling a package to customers of Windows Media Center 2005 with their choice of hardware (which very often has not been requiring a new PC purchase). I would strongly recommend you visit a local system builder or two and inquire about getting Windows Media Center 2005."