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Windows 7: DVD Maker activation error


07 Dec 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
DVD Maker activation error

Hi, I got my Windows 7 Home premium about 18 months ago and have never had a need to use DVD maker. So when someone told me I could use it to make menu's on my home movies I wanted to try it.
So I got to "Programs and Features" to activate DVD maker but it won't work. It gives an error "Unable to install some features"

Can I download it ? On the Microsoft website I see only a developers kit for Vista.

Appreciate your help.
Thank you
Pete

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08 Dec 2012   #2

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

Try running sfc /scannow from an Elevated Command Prompt, then try to turn on Windows DVD Maker again.

If that still doesn't work, give CDBurnerXP a try. Works with XP, Vista, Win 7 and Win 8.
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10 Dec 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks Ztruker, unfortunately it did not work. It said something to the effect some files could not be updated, look in the CBS.log for details.
Looked for this file afterwards but could not find it.

I have used CDBurnerXP for years. But as far as I know it does not let you add menu's to your movie dvd's.

Thanks for taking the time to reply.
Peter
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10 Dec 2012   #4

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

Sorry, missed the part about menus. I use Roxio for that.
The log is in C:\Windows\Logs\CBS.

Post the log here as an attachment so I can look at it.
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11 Dec 2012   #5

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

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12 Dec 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

OK, found the folder but it only has CAB files in it. When I look at it with WinRar it has a huge text file in it. 4500 pages of text.

Related question: Can I re-install dvd maker from the 3 system restore disks or the system repair disk which I created when I first got the computer?
And if possible, how do I go about doing that without messing up all the updates I have done since then?
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13 Dec 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

That looks like a very invasive operation. :-)


Someone suggested to look in the DVD Maker folder en see what files are there. Well I did and all it shows is 3 DLL files Pipeline, Pipetran and WMM2clip) and two sub-folders (en-US and Shared). Both sub-folders are empty.

So to me it looks like a lot of missing files.
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13 Dec 2012   #8

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

The DVD Maker directory should have 375 Files in 23 Folders.

I zipped up C:\Program Files\DVD Maker and uploaded it to my Dropbox account. You can download it from here:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/110470324/DVD%20Maker.zip

I'll delete it when you're done.

Unzip and put all the files in C:\Program Files\DVD Maker, then try running dvdmaker.exe and see if it works.
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14 Dec 2012   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hey thanks a million. It is working. It doesn't show in programs on control panel and it does not work when I put the checkmark in programs and features , but it will work running the dvdmaker.exe program directly.
Will try it out this weekend and see if it will burn also.

Thanks again. Nice to finally play with it and learn to use it.
Much appreciated.
Peter
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14 Dec 2012   #10

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

You can right click on dvdmaker.exe, click Send to then pick Desktop and it will place an icon on the desktop for you.
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