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Windows 7: Windows Media Center won't even launch.

02 Jul 2012   #1
Theg0pher

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Windows Media Center won't even launch.

I recently tried to use windows media center to connect to my xbox. I've had my hp laptop for over 2 years now and may have never even used WMC. But whenever I try to launch it, the blue wheel next to the mouse pops up for a second and then nothing. Nothing happens at all.

I've tried going to programs and features and turning off both WMC and WMP, restarting, and then re-enabling them. This has done nothing. I've even gone into Windows\ehome and deleted all the files in it and did the disable/enable thing (I did, of course, make a backup of the folder). I looked through the programs and features themselves, hoping to find WMC so I could see if there was a repair option, but it doesn't show up. How can I make WMC work?


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02 Jul 2012   #2
kegobeer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Try creating a new user on your laptop, then try accessing Media Center. Does that work?
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02 Jul 2012   #3
Theg0pher

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Nope. Also, Windows Media Center doesn't show up when I search the start bar on the new user, but it does on my normal user account.

Edit: I had to go to windows\ehome and use the ehshell manually, which is where the WMC shortcut leads
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02 Jul 2012   #4
kegobeer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Go to add remove programs and click "Turn Windows features on or off". Look under Media Features and see if Media Center is enabled.
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02 Jul 2012   #5
Theg0pher

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I've tried that already. Sorry, when I said I went into programs and features, I meant I went to the windows features and turned it off and then on. Multiple times.
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02 Jul 2012   #6
Sardonicus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Go to Start, Default Programs, Set program access and computer defaults.
Select Custom and make sure that Windows Media Center is enabled (Enable access to this program).
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02 Jul 2012   #7
Theg0pher

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

It was enabled.
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03 Jul 2012   #8
Sardonicus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

It may not help, but........
SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
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03 Jul 2012   #9
Theg0pher

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Some of the files it couldn't repair, which are in the ehome folder that the WMC files are located:

2012-07-03 00:40:42, Info CSI 000001e1 [SR] Cannot repair member file [l:22{11}]"ehshell.dll" of ehshell, Version = 6.1.7600.16648, pA = PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE_MSIL (8), Culture neutral, VersionScope = 1 nonSxS, PublicKeyToken = {l:8 b:31bf3856ad364e35}, Type neutral, TypeName neutral, PublicKey neutral in the store, hash mismatch
2012-07-03 00:40:45, Info CSI 000001e3 [SR] Cannot repair member file [l:22{11}]"ehshell.dll" of ehshell, Version = 6.1.7600.16648, pA = PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE_MSIL (8), Culture neutral, VersionScope = 1 nonSxS, PublicKeyToken = {l:8 b:31bf3856ad364e35}, Type neutral, TypeName neutral, PublicKey neutral in the store, hash mismatch
2012-07-03 00:40:45, Info CSI 000001e4 [SR] This component was referenced by [l:156{78}]"Package_3_for_KB2284742~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.1.1.0.2284742-14_neutral_GDR"
2012-07-03 00:40:45, Info CSI 000001e7 [SR] Could not reproject corrupted file [ml:520{260},l:40{20}]"\??\C:\Windows\ehome"\[l:22{11}]"ehshell.dll"; source file in store is also corrupted


2012-07-03 00:45:12, Info CSI 0000030d [SR] Cannot repair member file [l:22{11}]"ehshell.dll" of ehshell, Version = 6.1.7600.16648, pA = PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE_MSIL (8), Culture neutral, VersionScope = 1 nonSxS, PublicKeyToken = {l:8 b:31bf3856ad364e35}, Type neutral, TypeName neutral, PublicKey neutral in the store, hash mismatch

2012-07-03 00:45:12, Info CSI 0000031e [SR] Cannot repair member file [l:22{11}]"ehshell.dll" of ehshell, Version = 6.1.7600.16648, pA = PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE_MSIL (8), Culture neutral, VersionScope = 1 nonSxS, PublicKeyToken = {l:8 b:31bf3856ad364e35}, Type neutral, TypeName neutral, PublicKey neutral in the store, hash mismatch
2012-07-03 00:45:12, Info CSI 0000031f [SR] This component was referenced by [l:156{78}]"Package_3_for_KB2284742~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.1.1.0.2284742-14_neutral_GDR"
2012-07-03 00:45:12, Info CSI 00000322 [SR] Could not reproject corrupted file [ml:520{260},l:40{20}]"\??\C:\Windows\ehome"\[l:22{11}]"ehshell.dll"; source file in store is also corrupted


So yeah. If the source files are also corrupted, what do I do?
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03 Jul 2012   #10
redgreen

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Backup and complete a clean install. Consider creating a Ghost image after you have everything back up so that you can always revert to that "clean" state.
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