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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

How to fix Media Center

The last Windows Update for Media Center managed to break my installation. I started getting a notice saying something along the lines of "Some files needed to play back radio or tv are missing or corrupt, try restarting your computer" whenever I paused a video and tried to play it again, and the entire application would crash when pressing the green button to return to the main screen.

I ran through the steps described on Aaron Stebner's WebLog and found that doing the following fixed my problem:

  1. regsvr32.exe atl.dll
  2. C:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehSched /unregServer
  3. C:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehSched /service
  4. C:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehRecvr /unregServer
  5. C:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehRecvr /service
  6. C:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehRec.exe /unregServer
  7. C:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehRec.exe /regserver
  8. C:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehmsas.exe /unregServer
  9. C:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehmsas.exe /regserver



  • I have a Dell XPS 410 with a ATI 1300 pro video card. I am not exactly sure what the tuner card model is because none of Dell's system configuration tools identify it.

    Anyway, I had to perform a XP repair install when Media Center started to crash. After which everything appears to be in working order except I cannot watch live TV and Windows Media Player 10 crashes. When I try to watch live TV it indicates that the video decoder is in use by another application.

    Dell response was to perform the same steps provided in this posting. When that did not work they indicated to perform a complete re-install of the operating system.

    There has to be a easier or more practical solution. Do you have any ideas?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 1:11 am  

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