Hi, I found a similar thread but it did not seem to have a solution to this problem I had Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 on my Dell originally and took it to a repair shop. I let the guy reinstall Windows to make it "like new" and he installed Media Center 2002. It is not the same. The remote doesn't work and reading about it, it looks like an inferior system with less capabilities. I'm going to take it back to him tomorrow, but I'm reading about this and kind of panicking. Did he just permanently ruin my ability to restore 2005? Do you have to have 2005 on there already in order to restore 2005? My DVD RW and CD RW drives are no longer recognized when I install a disk and I'm wondering if it's because they are incompatible with 2002. He says he was using them the CD drive during the reinstallation so I'm just baffled. I ordered MCE 2005 off ebay because I wanted to have a repair disk in case my son mucks the computer up in the future (giving it to him as a gift) and I thought I could use it to fix this if this repair guy doesn't make this right. Am I screwed?