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Windows 7: Windows Media Center Updates - Enable or Disable Waking Computer


Windows Media Center Updates - Enable or Disable Waking Computer

How to Enable or Disable Windows Media Center Updates to Wake Up the Computer
Published by Brink
01 Nov 2010
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How to Enable or Disable Windows Media Center Updates to Wake Up the Computer

information   Information
This will show you how to enable or disable the Windows Media Center (mcupdate) task from waking up the computer from sleep when it checks for Media Center updates in Windows 7 and Vista.

If disabled, the mcupdate task will still check for Media Center updates if the computer is running, but will not wake the computer to do so.

You will need to be logged in as an administrator to be able to do this tutorial.
Note   Note
The N and KN editions of Windows 7 have all the features that normally come with each individual Windows 7 edition, except for Windows Media Player 12 and related programs, such as Windows Media Center or Windows DVD Maker.

The N editions of Windows 7 allow you to choose your own media player and software required to manage and play CDs, DVDs, and other digital media files. If you choose to use Windows Media Player 12, downloading it, along with related software, is free.
Download Media Feature Pack for Windows 7 N with Service Pack 1 and Windows 7 KN with Service Pack 1 (KB968211) from Official Microsoft Download Center



Here's How:
1. Open the Start Menu, then type taskschd.msc in the search box and press Enter.

2. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes (Windows 7) or Continue (Vista).

3. In the left pane of Task Scheduler, double click on (to expand) Task Scheduler Library, Microsoft, Windows, then select Media Center. (see screenshot below)

NOTE: If the Task Scheduler Library tree (left pane) is not available in the Task Scheduler, then click on View (menu bar), Customize, check the Console Tree box, and click on OK.
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4. In the middle pane, double click on mcupdate. (see screenshot above)

5. Click on the Conditions tab, and do step 6 or 7 below for what you would like to do. (see screenshot below)
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6. To Enable Waking the Computer to Run Windows Media Center Updates
A) Check the Wake the computer to run this task box, and click on OK. (see screenshot above)

B) Go to step 8.
7. To Disable Waking the Computer to Run Windows Media Center Updates
A) Uncheck the Wake the computer to run this task box, and click on OK. (see screenshot below step 5)
8. Repeat step 4 above, but double click on mcupdate_scheduled instead.

9. When finished, you can close Task Scheduler if you like.
That's it,
Shawn



27 Dec 2010   #1
thinktank24

windows 7 64 bit
 
 
you are a god send

Thank you very much for this thread. It has helped me a lot!
Cheers


My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Dec 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're most welcome ThinkTank, and welcome to Seven Forums.
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03 Mar 2011   #3
Madtown91

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks so much for this fix. One small addition:

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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03 Mar 2011   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Thank you Madtown, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Addition added.
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29 May 2012   #5
lettcco

Win 7 ult x644
 
 

Thank you Brink (Shawn) for the excellent write up. Between your post and someone's trick on "powercfg -lastwake" I figured what was waking up my computer on its own. I register for an account just to say Thank you.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 May 2012   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're most welcome Lettcco, and welcome to Seven Forums.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Oct 2012   #7
jupitergirl

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hi, I checked my system to find out why it is waking up and this appears to be the problem EXCEPT... the "wake computer to run this task" box is unchecked already. As far as I am aware I am the administrator as it is the only account on the PC and I assume it wouldn't show me the options or at least they'd be greyed out but with the box checked.

So slightly confused as to why this task runs and wakes the computer even though the box is unchecked... any other ways around this?

Cheers.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Oct 2012   #8
bg17

Windows 7 Home Premium *upgrade*
 
 

How many task entries do you have for Media Center? My pc actually had two, one was set as you describe but the other was set to wake the pc.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Oct 2012   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello bg17, and welcome to Seven Forums.

What other task for Media Center did you have that was set to wake the PC?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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