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Windows 7: Media Center won't stop waking computer!

24 Oct 2010   #1
edilee012

Win7 64
 
 
Media Center won't stop waking computer!

When I first installed 7 back at it's release I had this very same problem and was told how to turn off the auto update options in Media Center and had no further problems with it waking the PC sometimes more than once a week. I have since re-installed 7 a few months back and as part of my initial personalizing I went into MC and turned those options off but it continues to wake my PC randomly to do updates at 6:51am. Here is the entry in the Event Viewer regarding to this action ((there was some text anomolies I removed that were unicode that would not save properly in notepad, they were just question marks(?) where spaces were in the sleep and wake time lines))

"The system has resumed from sleep.
Sleep Time: 2010-10-24T05:33:53.365000000Z
Wake Time: 2010-10-24T10:51:01.610000000Z
Wake Source: Timer - Windows will execute '\Microsoft\Windows\Media Center\mcupdate_scheduled' scheduled task that requested waking the computer."

Why does it insist on waking the PC even though I have MC set to not update? I do not use MC but once in a while (like maybe once every 3-4 months) so having it update TV listings is not needed.


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24 Oct 2010   #2
madtownidiot

 

Turn off the windows media center extender service and disable it. (windows key> type "sevices.msc"> right click on the service and select properties to get to the right menu)
Or better yet.. remove media center as a windows feature. That option can be found in programs and features in the control panel. IMO media center is bloatware that shouldn't be installed unless you plan to use your computer as a cable box/dvd player/game console with a large screen TV as a monitor
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24 Oct 2010   #3
edilee012

Win7 64
 
 

That service is already disabled which is what is confusing me to as why it still wakes the PC to update itself even though I have all that disabled. I am going to just uninstall it and the problem will be solved.
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24 Oct 2010   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Edilee,

I had this issue once. You'll need to uncheck the "wake up" option in Task Scheduler (taskschd.msc) for the mcupdate task in the Media Center folder. The screenshot below can help show you how to below.

Windows Media Center Updates - Enable or Disable Waking Computer

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Hope this helps,
Shawn


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24 Oct 2010   #5
edilee012

Win7 64
 
 

Thanks...that was what I was looking for! I re-installed it and changed that setting. I do use MC for watching Netflix movies from time to time so this way it will still be there if I want to use it for that.
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24 Oct 2010   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're most welcome.
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03 Mar 2011   #7
Madtown91

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

If the Library Tree is not visible in the Task Scheduler, select View, Customize, and then add checkbox to Console Tree.
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05 Dec 2014   #8
bevhoward

XPPro
 
 

THANK YOU!

This problem appeared on win8.1 with the update from 8 to 8.1 and I have been searching for a solution for over a year.

It appears that on win8 computers that had media center installed, the 8.1 update either added or modified this task scheduler event with the "wake" box under "conditions" checked.

In addition to waking the computer up from sleep and hibernation, the setting also defeated the sleep and hibernation timers so that the computer would never go into either sleep or hibernation mode... not a trivial issue for this box that is located in an equipment closet with no AC vent.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! This is a huge find for me.

Beverly Howard
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