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Windows 7: ATI Remote Wonder plugins problem

10 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7
ATI Remote Wonder plugins problem

I was having a problem with the ATI Remote Wonder software in Windows 7. I never had this problem with XP, so I thought it was appropriate to post my solution in this forum.

The problem was that whenever I shutdown the computer and restarted, the ATI Remote Wonder software would only reload one of my plugins (Media Player Classic, for what it's worth). The other two plugins I loaded, RW Key Factory and Winamp, were both missing. I could reload them, but next time I closed the ATI software or restarted Windows, they would be missing again.

Tired of manually reloading the plugins, I did some investigation, and discovered a couple of registry keys that kept appearing. When I deleted these keys, the plugins would load just fine on restart. The keys are:
HKCU\Software\ATI Technologies\Multimedia\Remote Control\Plug-Ins\Microsoft Media Center\
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-2299663230-398797299-4079107265-1001\Software\ATI Technologies\Multimedia\Remote Control\Plug-Ins\Microsoft Media Center\
The keys would, every once in a while, reappear, so I wrote this vbs script to delete them prior to loading the ATI software:

Dim WshShell, bKey
Set WshShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")

Function DelKey(RegPath)
  Dim r
  On Error Resume Next
      r = SH.RegRead(RegPath)
  If hex(Err.number) = "80070002" Then
      DelKey = False
      DelKey = True
  End If
End Function 

Dim Key1, Key2
Key1 = "HKCU\Software\ATI Technologies\Multimedia\Remote Control\Plug-Ins\Microsoft Media Center\"
Key2 = "HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-2299663230-398797299-4079107265-1001\Software\ATI Technologies\Multimedia\Remote Control\Plug-Ins\Microsoft Media Center\"


Set WshShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")

WshShell.Run """C:\Program Files (x86)\ATI Multimedia\RemCtrl\ATIRW.EXE""", 1, false

Set WshShell = Nothing
You save this script as a .vbs file and running it at Windows startup through HKCU Run/Startup.cpl/Start Menu:Startup/whatever your preferred method is. Just be sure to remove the HKCU/Run entry for "ATI Remote Control" (so it doesn't load before the registry is edited.

I just occurred to me that one might be able to fix this problem by installing the Media Center Plugin in the ATI Remote Control plugin directory. I haven't tested that, though.

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