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Q: Can I use my M-Audio device with Windows XP Media Center Edition?
A: No, M-Audio device drivers are not supported under Windows XP Media Center Edition (WMCE). While WMCE shares many of the features of Windows XP Professional, it is a distinct version of Windows XP; separate from both XP Professional and XP Home. Windows XP MCE is customized by each manufacturer (Dell, HP, Compaq, etc) for the hardware included in their systems. The manual for Windows XP MCE states that third-party sound devices are not supported; only the built-in motherboard sound device or card that originally came with the system is supported. Additionally, M-Audio USB devices designed to function without installing a driver (aka “class compliant devices”) are also not supported under WMCE.
The technical support team at Sweetwater.com deals with pro-audio recording equipment and software from most every major manufacturer. Sweetwater has compiled an unofficial list of WMCE incompatibilities that suggests an industry-wide lack of support for WMCE.
While some users have been able to get their M-Audio interface installed and working under WMCE, it is not uncommon to experience a sudden loss of functionality.
Q: How do I know if I have Windows XP Media Center Edition installed on my system?
A: If you are unsure whether or not you are using XP Home, Professional, or Media Center Edition, you can do the following:
1. Go to the Start button in the lower left-hand corner of your computer screen.
2. Click on the Control Panel icon, then locate and double-click the System icon.
3. The General tab of the System Properties dialog displays information on which version of Windows XP you are using.