I just restored a Dell Dimension E521 with the original Dell Restore
DVD/CD's. It is Windows XP Media Center Edition. Everything went well. I
got it updated to SP3 (was SP2) and got all the subsequent updates. But
there's one problem. No installation CD's will start automatically. My
Computer and Windows Explorer will both show the title of the CD when it is
inserted but nothing else happens. If you insert any other kind of CD then
the "Choose" window comes up as it should. Under Properties|Autoplay all
the file types are set to "Prompt me each time to choose an action". I have
Googled and checked everything I found. Registry entries in about 5
different places were as they should be. I uninstalled both CD/DVD drives
in Device Manager and let Windows reinstall them. Nothing works. The only
way to install anything is to list the contents a open setup.exe or
whatever the autorun.ini points to.
Microsoft even has a little exe file that's supposed to analyze it and fix
it, but it found nothing wrong either.
Now I don't know if this might be related or not, but one of the Dell CD's
was Roxio CD Creator and it appeared to have installed OK. But then I
discovered that if I right-clicked *anything* in Windows Explorer a window
comes up saying "installing Roxio CD Creator". A progress bar starts and
then an error message comes up saying something about "out of space on
Drive G"(There is no drive G). Then the error message and the installation
windows go away without having to click OK. It didn't make any difference
what you right clicked in either pane. Any drive or any file even on the
hard drive. So I uninstalled Roxio and right clicking now works properly. I
doubt if this had anything to do with the autorun thing but I thought I'd
better mention it.
This is a friend's computer who now has it at home and I've been trying to
help her remotely with Show My PC.
If anyone read my thread "Software for TV Tuner" thread a few weeks back
this is the same computer. I had installed XP Pro on it for lack of the
proper recovery CD's. Turns out that Media Center Edition is what it had to
have to make it work right. So I wiped it and started from scratch. The
tuner works fine now.