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Simple way to reinstall just the Windows Media Center in Windows 7 Home 64-bit . . .

Q: Simple way to reinstall just the Windows Media Center in Windows 7 Home 64-bit . . .

... without affecting anything else in the OS?

I'd appreciate simple instructions for someone not too apt with tech issues.

Thank you kindly

Preferred Solution: Simple way to reinstall just the Windows Media Center in Windows 7 Home 64-bit . . .

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A: Simple way to reinstall just the Windows Media Center in Windows 7 Home 64-bit . . .

Windows Media Center is part of Windows 7 Home Premium and should already be installed.

If your computer doesn't have it, it may have been uninstalled.

Go to Control Panel - Programs And Features

Select Turn Windows features on or off

When the Windows Features window appears, click the + in Media Features

Make sure Windows Media Center is selected, then click OK.


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the xp MC is corrupt and i cannot even get in it. i dont have the MC disk but i have a home edition disk. it is possible to install home edition with the media center product key?

A:reinstall windows media center with windows home edition disk

if those were vista version then it would be. in xp, that is not that easy.
if you just do a repair and restore the system files you might just be able to pull that off but i would not count on it.
if you are planning to do a reinstall and just use the MCE prod key, that won't work

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I have a Dell dimension E510 running Windows XP Media Center. Around March we had a power surge that damaged some of the registry files and prevented windows from coming up. I couldn't fix the problem using methods I found online so I bought a new drive and loaded Windows Home onto from the start up disk that came with the PC.

I have the new OS updated and running fine (v5.1 build 2600.xpsp_sp3_gdr.100216-1514: Service Pack 3). I have the old drive installed in a spare bay and can access all files, folders etc.

The only thing I have not been able to do is figure out how to get Media Center running again. It's not on the installation disk that I can tell. Any assistance would be great!

A:[SOLVED] Reinstall Media Center on XP Home sp3 OS

and welcome to the Forum

Media Center is a distinct operating system with its own installation disc. You will have to install with a MCE disc to have it.

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I want to do a complete reinstall of my system. I have Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 and I have the CD with me right now. I don't care about the data I lose in-fact the reason I'm doing this is to remove any "bad stuff" that could possibly be on my computer. I've search Google to try to find info on how to do a reinstall but I'm concerned since I'm using the Media Center Edition that the instructions may be different for me since I'm using a rare version of Windows. I step by step process of how to reinstall my system would be very helpful.


A:How to reinstall Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

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I went on a hard disk clean up rampage the other day and accidentally deleted the ehome program folder. So voila, Media Centre has gone to the dust bin. And of course I emptied that out before realising what I had done. It used to work just fine but is now obviously history!

Is there any way of bringing Media Center back by reinstallation? I do not want to go through the hassle of a full reinstall as there is just too much software to have to reinstall after that, so if that is the only way, I guess it is bye forever!

Thanks all.

A:Reinstall deleted Media Center in Vista Home Premium

You can restore that folder from the backup storage that vista keeps in case of system files becoming corrupted or deleted. Keep in mind that it will be restored as it was at the last install of vista. So any settings or add-ons will be missing. Provided you did not uninstall media center since it was deleted, it should be fully functional as it was at time of last insstall.

At an elevated command prompt type :


This will reconstruct the c:\windows\ehome folder as well as any other system files or folders which have become corrupted or deleted since the last install of vista.

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I have a Toshiba satelite C650 and after 3 yrs. & a warranty no longer in effect, my hard drive went out. A friend replaced the old hard drive for me with a new & better one & since I didn't have a copy of Windows 7 (didn't get one when I purchased my laptop) he installed his copy of Windows Professional, not realizing that he should not do so. At any rate, after having my computer back for about a month & enjoying it, I get a notice that I have an invalid copy of Windows. I contacted Toshiba & they assured me all I had to do was buy the Recovery Media and it would reinstall the Windows Home version over the Professional. I did that & received it today.The installation instruction is to power up the computer while holding down the "c" key & release it when the screen reads "Toshiba".....but it doesn't do that & I don't know what to do at this point. Can someone PLEASE help me?

A:Reinstall Windows Home with Recovery Media

Do you have the recovery CD in the CD drive? If there is more than one CD make sure you have disc 1 inserted.

What are you seeing on screen when you start the system?

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Hi everyone. I bought a new PC with Windows Media Center Edition and have been trying to connect it to my home network with no avail. I already have to laptops connected wirelessly and one PC connected to the network all through the router. I keep trying to setup a home or small office network under My Network Places but still cannot connect it.

Thanks for the help.

A:New Windows Media Center Edition PC won't connect to home network.

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I have this problem with my Gateway T5056 desktop which had originally windows XP media center edition 2005 in it. I planned to upgrade it to vista home basic. So I checked with windows vista upgrade advisor and everything was good to go.
Every thing went well, all devices are working fine. But the only problem I am facing here is during startup. After passing BIOS screen its reaching at regular Microsoft Vista green bar moving and its not going anywhere after that. Sometimes it works okay but most of the time I have to forced shutdown it and select Last good known configuration and sometimes it worked from there.
Just want to mention here i reformatted this hard drive and its brand new vista installation. i tried resetting BIOS to default but did't help either.
Have anybody else got this problem too after upgrading to vista? Please suggest ? If you have any other question please feel free to ask ..

A:problem after upgrading Vista home basic from windows XP media center? please help

Have you installed any of the system drivers from the Gateway site?

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I have just started to set up Windows Media Center on my new Vista computer
However halfway through scanning for my music I knocked the keyboard and it stopped with only half my songs added
Cant find a way to sort it out and delete the ones added and start again
Found out it could be the .wmdb file I have to find and delete?
Is that so as just can't find it on the computer.

A:Vista Home Premium - delete Windows Media Center library files?

You can tell Vista to scan again and it will find the missing files.

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Hello everyone. So I just got the Xbox 360 COD special edition. I'm checking out all my features on the Xbox. There's an option to somehow connect your computer to your Xbox. The requirement is to go through the Media Center. Well, first time starting up the Media Center on my computer, and I'm not able to get the Media Center to open. I receive an error right on startup of the program. It ends up generating a crash report, and closes. I've take 2 screenshots of the error. The first screenshot is of the first error that comes up upon opening the Media Center. The second screenshot is of another error I get when I choose to cancel instead of clicking ok on the first error. I thought getting the most information to you guys would be the best.

I run Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition Version 2005 Service Pack 3.

Looking forward to your suggestions. Thanks a lot

A:Windows Media Center Edition Error - Attempting to open Media Center

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The Media Center Solitaire PowerToy for Windows XP Media Center Edition enables you to play Solitaire on your Media Center PC from anywhere in the room using the remote control.

Note: We've taken great care to ensure that PowerToys operate as they should, but they are not part of Windows XP Media Center Edition and are not supported by Microsoft. For this reason, Microsoft Technical Support is unable to answer questions about PowerToys. These PowerToys are for Windows XP Media Center Edition only.
System Requirements
Supported Operating Systems: Windows XP

Windows XP Media Center Edition



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I have some problems to sort the music files in the library. If there is an album with more than one disc, the sorting is like that: 1 - track 1 CD1 1 - track 1 CD2 2 - track 2 CD1 2 - track 2 CD2 etc... I would like more logical sorting like this: 1 - track 1 CD1 2 - track 2 CD1 etc... 1 - track 1 CD2 2 - track 2 CD2 etc... Do you see what I mean ? It seems that WMP/WMC doesn't sort using the "disc number" tag of the file (as it should be). Is there any way to sort it fine without creating 2 different albums for a 2 disc album ? Thank you.

A:Windows media player 12 / Windows Media Center - Multiple-Cds Albums sorting in library

The strange "subtitle" answer above is not really a valid notion given the lack of persistence.  When you step back, you see as koawmfot noted that this is really about the use of the "Set" field.  WMP does not and will not use the Set field to sort.  Instead it uses Album title as Shark noted.So the correct answer here would be to use the Album title field as the descriptive identifier.  If you really don't want to do this, you can use the track number such as by setting t1d1 to be 0101, t1d2 to be 0201, and so forth.  So those are the viable solutions, really.The problem with "Set" is that it doesn't fit well within the Explorer namespace / folder views.  This is consistent with the player storing one album in one folder, as opposed to dumping everything to one common folder - where you may have issues with filename collisions depending upon your naming scheme.As such it is not supported and is unlikely to be supported, sorry.

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i've decided to go ahead and reinstall w8pro given my extensive messing around with it has finally caused some quirky, unexpected results - it's a relatively new installation, so it shouldn't be too much of a hassle, didn't get a chance to install a lot of third party programs and such. the thing is, i did purchase and install the w8 media center pack - how do i go about getting this back? do i have to contact ms? i'm fairly certain that i don't have an activation number for the pack, if i recall i just paid for it online and then was allowed to download it and install it.

also, i thought i would go ahead and do a clean install all over again as opposed to a reset or refresh given i want to make certain that i'm starting from scratch again... or do you think a reset or refresh might be the better option (i'm not concerned about keeping any personal settings or files intact). any advice would be appreciated.

A:W8 Media Center Pack - Reinstall After W8 Reinstall?

They will have given you a Product Key for it - Just reinstall Windows 8 and then get Media Center again using the same Product Key, it's yours now. After you install it, the Media Center Key will be your new OS key.

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Hello, My HP is not starting. It is dead, doesn't power up at all. The PSU light on the back of the pc is on, not flashing or off, remains on. Does this mean the psu is working ok?
Could this be a simple change of the power button on the front of the pc to fix this issue? It doesn't appear to be faulty, no sticking. I did the power cord in another outlet. Opened the panel to see if there was anything loose. I don't see any problems. Any help in this matter would be appreciated. Thanks

A:HP media center m7257c won't turn on. Could it be as simple as the on button?

Light or no light on the power supply doesn't matter... Replace the power supply. With an LED on the back of the power supply, it is a HiPro or Bestec supply?

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Okay I basically have the same problem. My hard drive crashed and I had to install a new one, reinstalled Windows Vista, but Media Centre is nowhere to be found.

Searched for %SystemRoot%\ehome\ehshell.exe as barman58 suggested.

However, the following error message pops up "Windows cannot open this program because it has been prevented by a software restriction policy. Contact your system administrator."

A:Media Center will not run after reinstall

Hi, Vortex81, and welcome to the forums.

I am moving your topic off to a new topic as your issue is not quite the same as the one you responded to.

Now, can you detail the process by which you 'reinstalled Vista' on your machine? Also, machine specifications would be helpful, such as if this is a home built machine or a machine purchased from an OEM, etc...

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Quick question in preparation for a rebuild of a pc.

I have a Windows 8 serial key from initial purchase plus a Media Center pack key which enabled the media center feature afterwards.

When I reinstall do i use the media center pack key as my activation key
OR do I do the same again, initial W8 licence key + activate media pack afterwards with separate key?

A:Reinstall with Media Center pack.

Activate with your Windows key then add Media Center.

You might want to consider installing 8.1 - you can activate it with your 8 key and it will save upgrading. Method 3 here describes how to get the ISO Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create

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I have a quick question before i get started on a win 8 reinstall. I currently have win 8 pro with media center and wish to reinstall. Should I install with the win 8 pro key then add media center key or should I just use the media center key when installing?

A:win 8 pro + media center reinstall question

Hello Glhs, and welcome to Eight Forums.

You would need to reinstall Windows 8 Pro, and activate it with the 8 Pro key. Afterwards, you would add Media Center again with it's key as usual.

Hope this helps,

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I re-installed Media Center XP after it somehow became corrupted.I used the CD's supplied by HP,which are supposed to be specific to my model(HP Media Center #M7250n).System specs are as follows:2.8Ghz Pentium D processor,4GB PC4200 DDR2 RAM,250GB Hitachi Deskstar Hard Drive.I've tried this reinstall 3 times but each time the system will not load,just continues to go to the HP bluescreen then WindowsXP splashscreen then repeats this continuously.When I try to do a Windows installation repair, the screen says "Cannot Find End User License Agreement(EULA)" message.PLEASE Help!!!!

A:Media Center XP Won't Boot After Reinstall

First thing to try is to erase the HDD before you try to reinstall ... or use a new HDD

Do you have another computer that can erase (remove all Partitions) in the HDD from the M7250n ??

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Anyone know if there is a way to reinstall the Media Center portion of Vista without reinstalling the entire OS. Maybe through a SDK? I am Media center is erroring out when attempting to first install, or setting up any extender. This is using MS Vista Ultimate edition.

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hello! I have windows xp media center edition 2005. I want to totally reinstall windows. Not the system recovery option. The thing is, I have no windows disk, I don't believe it came with one. I have a windows product key sticker on the side of my comp which leads me to believe they didn't provide me with one when I bought it. (Long time ago.) My computer is and HP Pavilion a1512x. Can you PLEASE help me? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for your time

A:Solved: XP Media Center Reinstall

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just curious on what the differences were between xp pro and xp media center edition and then what was better about vista...

A:windows xp vs windows xp media center edition vs windows vista

Vista isn't out yet and there are going to be many versions of it, more than XP. XP Pro is the professional version, it has more options open, security options and all that stuff, but these options aren't exactly built for people who don't know what they're doing. So yea... more "professional" options. Media center is like the OS for really dumb ppl who want just want to watch media. It's all basic-like (http://www.lighttek.com/images/mediacenter.jpg), but it has lots of apps for TV tuners and dvd players and all that so you can use your comp as a TV.

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I am getting this error....and a timer and windows shuts down after 1 minute.
I found an old thread that said to go to
start>run>type "shutdown -a" I did that, and it took away the timer.
In the previous thread it said to download HJT and post in the malware forum, but I cannot get to the HJT site It just keeps saying the connection to the server was reset (all of my other internet sites are working fine)
I have scanned with Avira, MalwareBytes, and Ad-Aware.
How can I get HJT so I can find out what is wrong?


A:Solved: Windows XP Media Center, Windows must restart because DCOM Server Process Lau

Sorry, you can ignore this one. I got HJT to work from another location listed on this board. I will review more info, in the malware forum and see what others have to say for the same error.

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play on my television. used dvd used memorix dvd+r how do I solve this problem

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Download this package if you use Fast User Switching on Windows XP Media Center Edition. This will correct the problem where your Media Center PC may stop responding when you switch between users while watching live TV.

For more information about this issue, read Microsoft KB Article Q811009

System Requirements
Supported Operating Systems: Windows XP

Windows XP Media Center Edition




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My problem is that I am unable to play my MPEG-4 packaged videos in Windows Media Center in Windows Vista Ultimate. I have Vista Ultimate 64-bit installed on a Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4GHz dual core CPU. I got this set up specifically to play my DVDís which I transcoded to H.264 using Nero recode (Nero Digital AVC Ė HDTV profile) .
I can see the thumbnails and times, but when I try to play them I get either a codec missing error or usually they just play green interlaced garbage.
I tried a bunch of suggestions, but most seem to not all be applicable to the 64-bit Vista (surprise, surprise). I have installed ffdshow 64 bit (ffdshow64-rev2546.exe ), which seemed to help, and I have tweaked the registry of course to recognize the file extentions. By the way, everything plays fine in VLC and even play fine in WMP 11, JUST not in Windows Media Center!

A:unable to play MPEG-4 videos in Windows Media Center Windows Vista Ultimate

i couldnt get them to play in mine either. i have premium. so i just used VLC.
if you get yours to work let me know.


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I installed Windows 8, and now avi files look like poo when played through Windows Media Center on my PC or X-box. The same .avi file looks great when Windows Media Player is used though.... I was using Windows 7 before the "upgrade" and Media Center worked just fine on my PC and X-box.
Example of what I'm talking about:

What the video looks like with Media Center:
Same file using Media Player:
Does anyone have a clue why the same damned file looks so different between two Windows programs.....and how I can fix this? We preferred using Media Center on the X-box before this "upgrade"...

A:Windows Media Player vs Media Center avi issues

I use media player classic home cinema x64. I never experience crap like that.

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I have Vista Home Premium and am trying to run "TVersity Media Server" to share videos to my XBOX 360. From the help screens for the application, I noticed that Windows Media Sharing must be disabled, or the 360 will not see TVersity server at all. I have Windows Media Center (included with Vista Premium). I believe I have found the option to disable sharing in "Network and Sharing Center". However, the "CHANGE" button doesn't do anything! I can click it, but it doesn't do anything! Any ideas? This is pretty much a clean install of Vista. Thanks!

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I try to install windows media player 11 and it says i need to have rollup 2 but when i go to the autoupdates it doesnt get it for me. Anyone know why this is happening or how to get media player 11? My friend has media center too and he has media center 11 installed on his computer so i know it will work.

A:Windows Media 11 cant install it (Windows xp media center)

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Hello all, I have recently received a DVD from Dell called, "Microsoft Windows XP Media Center 2005 with Rollup 2" because my CD/DVD burning program Sonic Digital Media LE v7 messed up & I never received the Sonic cd with my laptop to reinstall it. Plus I tried to update my Windows with the cd that Dell gave me with the laptop which is, "Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2" before I received the Media Center DVD Dell sent me.

So anyways, they sent me this XP media Center DVD, & I hoped that if I used the DVD that it will reinstall my Sonic...but when I put the choice for update install of Windows XP, I received an error that said, :"Error occurred copying file ake 70vcm.sys to C:\$WIN_NT$~BT\ake 70vcm.sys". Then when it restarts the screen is black & asks what program do I want to use, Windows Professional Service Pack 2 or Windows Media Center 2005.

So I went to Dell forum to see if they could help & someone told me " then boot to media center, right click on my computer -> properties-> advanced -> settings, under startup and recovery -> "time to display the list of operating systems" can be changed to zero.." which I did & now when the comp. starts up, it says "Missing or Corrupt <WINDOWS ROOT>\ System 32\hal.dll Please reinstall a copy of the above file." Now I have to press F8 in order for it to continue startup & when it does, the same screen with the optin of sta... Read more

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Since Windows 10 does not include Windows Media Center, is there another method of using the TV tuners?

A:Satellite P750 - Windows 10 does not include Windows Media Center

Is there a Toshiba (or other) alternative to Windows Media Center that enables use of the TV tuner in my Satellite P750?

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After I "refreshed" the PC with Windows 8.1, the taking off the applications also malfunctioned & misconfigured, the Windows Media Center from downloading the guide listings and is "stripped" of (functionality) from prior usage. I
now need to replace Windows Media Center on my PC. I use a USB TV Tuner to watch programs with a digital antenna.
Is there a way to uninstall the Windows Media Center, to "re-use" the (product key) that came with the Windows 8.1 Pro pack, and reinstall Windows Media Center for "full" functionality?

Lee Payne

A:Windows 8.1 pro pack with Windows Media Center is misconfigured after a refresh the PC.

First make sure your Windows 8.1 is not upgraded from Windows 8. Windows 8 key cannot be used to activate in this case.

Try uninstall the Windows media center from Control Panel > Programs and Features > Turn Windows features on or off > Media Features > Windows Media Center.
At the command prompt I used the "slui.exe 3" command to re-activate windows. If still cannot be activated, use slui.exe 4 and follow the instructions as mentioned.
D. WuPlease remember to mark the replies as answers if they help, and unmark the answers if they provide no help. If you have feedback for TechNet Support, contact [email protected]

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Everytime I try to open them it says Internet Explorer has stopped working and it either says Restart the Program or That Internet Explorer will Check For A Solution And Restart the program. I'm not very smart with computers and I just got this laptop
about 2 months ago and it just started doing this. Someone please help me figure out what to do... I hate not being able to look at my pictures.. Thank You, --Kayloni Kirk

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Several people, including me, are having issues with WMC not working after doing the latest Windows updates.
Please see this TheGreenButton forum.
Programs appear to be recording if watching them, but they are not there when done..
And trying to click on & select a program to record from the EPG causes WMC to crash.
So far no update has been determined to be the cause. Could a NETFramework update cause such a problem?

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Hi all,

I've been pointed in the direction of these forums; hopefully someone can help!?

My PC was "upgraded" (if that's the correct term) from 2GB RAM to 3GB RAM (replacing one of the 1GB with a 2GB). After a couple of days it bluescreened on me, and I struggled to get to the desktop (even in safe mode). That was until I removed the new 2GB board. This board was then replaced with a new 2GB and for the last 3 or so weeks it's been in it hasn't bluescreened.

However, I am unable to open a new window to send, reply or forward a message in Windows Live Mail (uninstalling and reinstalling failed), and I was given this message:

Funnily enough, for the two days I was running on just 1GB this message was showing, also.

I can't run Windows Media Center either. I am given the following message after it tries to open for a few seconds (the desktop widget also has the loading circle constantly, and never loads):

Can anyone shed some light on this? I'm reluctant to completely reinstall Windows 7 (am on SP1) as I've heard that doing so doesn't necessarily fix either problem?

As a final note, when trying to verify my email address for signing up to these boards, I was given a long error code and the message "Catastrophic error"; again, not sure of the relevance to my problem?

Thanks in advance,


A:Problems with Windows Live Mail and Windows Media Center

Let's start with Live Mail. Go and grab Process Monitor, but before you run it, close any programs you got running (background and foreground). The less programs running when Process Monitor is running, the smaller the log size is and the amount that I have to sift through in order to find what I need.

When that's done, open up Live Mail. Then open up Process Monitor, and as soon as it's loaded attempt to open up a window (and therefore fail) and press the magnifying glass (Capture) button on Process Monitor (PM) to stop capturing. Save the file (any type will do), zip it up and send it over.

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After several system restores, my Windows Media Center now has a "scratching"sound at audio when opening the program. WMC is not on the (programs & features) list to uninstall the program, to reinstall at (add features to Windows 8.1). I have
a screenshot of the (error) message with (search everywhere) on the PC. Since this is a audio problem, I figure its time to update the driver. But I also figure after (3) system restores, some files are "missing" from the WMC program. 
Question: Is there a way to uninstall/reinstall the WMC program to reset (add features to Windows 8.1), to reuse the product key?
I can't refresh the WMC, it will stay on since its from the Windows Store of APP's. That just leaves a total OS reset to rebuild "all" programs for time consuming tasks. I guess its just my day.

Lee Payne

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HP m7680n
HP direct info: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/d...reg_R1002_USEN
Windows XP Media Center (assumed patch 3, but unknown).
2x250GB SATA HDDs in an unknown RAID configuration.
The computer is 2.5-3 years old.

This computer has recently stopped working properly. Windows freezes up shortly after booting. I tried using the windows XP CD to recover the data, but it said something along the lines of HDD failure, and gave me the following error:
Stop: 0x0000007b (0xf78d2524, 0xc0000035, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

I then attempted logging into windows recovery in safe modem and attempted Windows Recovery from a previous working date from two weeks ago. It gave me the message that an attempt to write ove read-over memory failed refering to win32k.sys. I didn't take note of the following error code.

I then just attempted to start windows normally but I got the same error with code:
0x000000BE (0xBF801269, 0x13584021, 0xB9D1BA14, 0x0000000C)
Win32k.sys -address BF977557 base at BF800000

If you need any more information, I'd attempt to collect it. The computer is currently running from a Ubuntu LIVE CD. The computer also is not my own. I can assume it's some type of HDD failure, due to the age and use of no-name HDDs in RAID. I don't know what informatio is stored on the HDDs, so I don't intend to reformat unless needed. I simply want to upgrade to Vista, but I don't have a license to do this with at the moment and I'd rather stay legit on a computer I don't ... Read more

A:HP media center - windows XP freezes / windows recovery fails.

Stop: 0x0000007b error code - Troubleshooting Link

Technet - Troubleshooting specific Stop messages Link

Stop: 0x000000BE error code - Troubleshooting:


Stop message 0x000000BE Descriptive text: ATTEMPTED_WRITE_TO_READONLY_MEMORY
Usual cause: A device driver attempted to write to read-only memory. This problem can occur during an upgrade, although it is not limited to upgrades.


Use the Online Crash Analysis tool at the Microsoft Web site. You can use this tool to send error reports to Microsoft and track their status by using your Microsoft Passport information. You can access the Online Crash Analysis Web site by using the Error Reporting service or by using your Web browser. When it is enabled, the Error Reporting service monitors your system for kernel and user mode faults that are related to operating system components and applications. With kernel-mode reporting, you can obtain more information about the problem or condition that caused the Stop error. For more information, see System and program error reporting overview.

Confirm that your hardware is designed for the Windows Server 2003 family by clicking the appropriate link in Support resources.

If the computer will not start normally, try starting it in Last Known Good Configuration... Read more

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I just upgraded to Windows 8 Pro with Media Center. When I tried to set up my Linksys Media Center Extender, I just get a blank screen on my TV with no sound. Everything worked fine under Windows 7. Is Windows 8 missing the drivers for Media Center Extenders? Since my main use for this PC is recording and streaming TV shows, I am going back to Windows 7 until this is resolved.

A:Windows Media Center Extender blank screen in Windows 8

Originally Posted by Unclefester98

I just upgraded to Windows 8 Pro with Media Center. When I tried to set up my Linksys Media Center Extender, I just get a blank screen on my TV with no sound. Everything worked fine under Windows 7. Is Windows 8 missing the drivers for Media Center Extenders? Since my main use for this PC is recording and streaming TV shows, I am going back to Windows 7 until this is resolved.

I totally agree with your findings. What a cheek Microsoft have in wanting Customers to purchase a product & then not support anymore. I have just contacted Microsoft & here is the response received from UK online help:

Linksys DMA 2100 Media Extender & Windows 8
Dear Sirs,
Please can you help? I recently purchased your Windows 8Upgrade for ?24.99, which I thought was a great offer, considering you offered5 licences for each home user.
My disappointment soon became apparent when I tried to usemy Media Center again. A black screen on TV when you try to connect to PC.Problem was resolved with Windows 7.
But I am extremely disappointed that so far at the momentyou are not considering (hopefully you will reconsider) allowing LOYAL users tocontinue to use their home setup with Linksys Media Extender with Windows 8. Iwas very dismayed when I read the feedback & comments on internet.
The only way I can continue to listen to my Music recordings+ various other media in my living room is to REBOOT my PC to my Windows 7installatio... Read more

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On my desktop PC, when I double click on My Computer, Recycle Bin or even try to open the Control Panel, I get an hourglass briefly with the mouse pointer but nothing happens. I recently switched from cable modem to a Verizon MiFi. Not sure if that has something to do with it or not. I also recently got a laptop and don't use this desktop PC much so I'm not sure when this problem started.

Any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated.


A:Windows Explorer won't launch - Windows XP Media Center Edition

Can you see any kind of icons when you open the start menu? This sounds like either an annoying system corruption error or a virus, and just in case I would recommend downloading the latest version of MalwareBytes from download.com and running that from Safe Mode with Networking. If that comes back clean, you may want to try a system restore.

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I have had my laptop repaired but can no longer see HP Solution Centre which used to come up on the screen when I sent something to print.  Can you pleased advise how I can reinstate this function

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Found an ISO for Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, burnt it to a DVD and reinstalling windows 7 onto laptop.
I enter my product key but get the error in the headline above. I have my product ID and product key, what can I do to install windows 7 on my laptop

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Hi everyone I am running Windows 8 and I had signed up for the free Windows Media Center key when Microsoft was offering it at the end of last year. I am having problems with my computer and I want to reinstall Windows but my question is...will the code that I got for Windows Media Center still work or was it a 1 time only activation? I would hate to have to pay for the Pro Upgrade to get Windows Media Center when I had it for free...thanks for everyone's help!!

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I am using Dell 2310 AIO machine with internal TV tuner card. I connected the dishtv RCA jacks to the TV Tuner RCA in port but Windows media Center is not detecting the signals coming from this port. Can anybody help in this regard?

A:How to connect TV set top box with RCA cables to the Windows Media Center on windows 7

Here is the info I received from a MVP in India:
"He is using a STB without HD from Zee TV Network company.This company uses
either Kaon or Zenega STB,am not sure what's the case here.
His desired TV signal will be most probably cable(in INDIA it's most common).He
has to select Composite video option for getting picture.In order to use MCE
remote he has to go though IR learning. "
On Wed, 6 Jul 2011 10:39:41 +0000, Ashutosh Bapat wrote:
>If you go to http://www.dishtv.in/. > Boxtypes

>There is standard STB and HD STB . mine is Standard STB.
>It has RCA out and IF out. I tried with RCA jacks but it didnt work. Will be trying with IF today. Thanks for your valuable feedback anyways.



Barb Bowman

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I have a HP 9010T laptop dv9000 series which came with pre-loaded windows xp
media center. My windows is updated. I have also created the laptop recovery
discs which i have used a couple of times whenever i required.

Recently i somehow got hit by Wsaupdater.exe spyware which i suppose changed
my userinit.exe in the registry to Wsaupdater.exe
(source:http://support.microsoft.com/kb/892893/en-us). i am trying to follow
the resolution given in the mentioned article. But as i do not have any
installation CD with me i am unable to run the recovery console. I DONOT want
to reformat my drive as i have data onto it.

I borrowed a friend's windows XP installation disk just to try and get the
file exchanged through recovery console. On the first attempt it detected my
USB harddrive as the primary windows disk which is not right. I disconnected
the USB disc and tried again. It says recovery console can't find HardDisk so
won't start .

Kindly help me in this situation i do not want to format the drive as there
is valuable data onto it. Kindly provide me with a solution

I would be highly obliged if someone could please help me.

Thank you in advance.

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Hello Two questions?
1) kcrg-dt3 is showing the same as kwkb-dt2 for programs, the one recently merged or purchased the other tv stations. But titantv guide shows the correct programming now. The call signs and sub channel stuff is correct. Just the programming is wrong or whats
2) The second question is if I upgrade to windows 7 premium, then update to the free windows 10 it will have media center. I have windows 7 home upgrade now from vista. Or am I totally confused?
Thanks in advance for any Help?

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Several months before the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft announced that it would be killing off Windows Media Center entirely as the software isn't compatible with the company's latest operating system. According to Microsoft's Gabriel Aul, the Windows team wasn't...

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A:Windows Media Center's replacement, DVD Player, now available on Windows 10

I went to upgrade to Win 10 and got the notice that Media Center needed to be removed. That software is my DVR for Over-The-Air Television. Bummer to lose it. I'm sure there are others, but Media Center worked really well, imo.

And Media Player plays DVDs... why do we need another application?

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I realize Microsoft has abandoned WMC in Windows 10, but I love relaxing in my study and watching live cable TV through my laptop through my Silicon Dust HDHomeRun CC3 when the TV is used by other members in the family.  As a result, I have chosen to
upgrade to Windows 10.  
My laptop died and I just bought a new one running Windows 7 (with free upgrade to Windows 10).  It has WMC installed, but when I set WMC up for TV, the setup program recognizes that PlayReady is needed for the DRM channels.  But, the Live TV Setup
within WMC just seems to hang (not crash, but doesn't show any progress) when downloading and installing PlayReady.
Does anyone have a solution?

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