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Windows 7: Windows Media Center has taken control of my op system, nothing works!

11 Jul 2015   #1
JKMA2002

Windows 7 PC
 
 
Windows Media Center has taken control of my op system, nothing works!

I have an HP 2011 desktop. Yesterday morning, after talking to a guy on Facebook private messages, I signed out and left the room to eat lunch. Came back 30 minutes later, Windows media Center is running all systems on my PC. System restore says 'unable to start'... restart in "safe" mode did nothing. WMC pops up on almost everything I hit, but after about two hours I was able to get in system defaults. Found one file that the PC said should not be opening with WMC, and changed it. Went to Program Uninstall, tried to remove WMC, it just sits there and does nothing. Still no difference.

Any suggestions?


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21 Jul 2015   #2
Hacb

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

so what you mean is that if you try to open anything it will open WMC and not what you wanted.
in that case..
try going into startup repair and performing a system restore from the repair environment
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22 Jul 2015   #3
Indianatone

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and numerous virtual machines
 
 

This is a common issue with the settings of Media Center
Go to Settings in Media Center
General
Startup and Windows Behaviour
Uncheck keep Windows Media Center On Top
Uncheck Start Windows Media Center when Windows Starts
You MUST SAVE before exiting.
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20 Aug 2015   #4
ernaldo

Windows 7 home, 64 bit
 
 

Didn't solve my problem.....
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23 Aug 2015   #5
Indianatone

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and numerous virtual machines
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ernaldo View Post
Didn't solve my problem.....
AND WHAT PRAY would the problem be?
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24 Aug 2015   #6
ernaldo

Windows 7 home, 64 bit
 
 
W's media center

Windows media center launches no matter what process I try. Photoshop, internet, games....everything. I can't start computer in safe mode, F2, F8, F11, F12 at startup, windows opens normally. Programs, "turn w features on and off" launches WMC. Default programs launches WMC. Try opening Microsoft security essentials launches WMC.
I waiting for a new W7 disc, at which time I'll attempt to wipe the hard drive, (re-format). If that fails, the computer is little more than trash. Microsoft has been no help with this issue.
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24 Aug 2015   #7
wasnotwas

W10 Pro x64, W7 Pro x64 in VMware
 
 

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24 Aug 2015   #8
ernaldo

Windows 7 home, 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wasnotwas View Post
Can't open default programs, WMC launches.
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24 Aug 2015   #9
Indianatone

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and numerous virtual machines
 
 

I think you must have got some malware or something. WMC takes over the system as the front end instead of the desktop but you can still use everything else.
Download this on another machine and boot from the CD you make

Avira Rescue System v15 Review (A Free Bootable AV Tool)
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24 Aug 2015   #10
ernaldo

Windows 7 home, 64 bit
 
 

I'll try it, and either way thanks!!
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