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Windows 7: Programs in Program Guide no longer open (they used to)

11 Jun 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Programs in Program Guide no longer open (they used to)

Hadn't opened Media Center for awhile, though the last time I did, everything worked fine. Internet TV Program Guide now lists some new Classic shows and I thought it would be cool to watch some old I Love Lucy... but nothing. And no other show opened either. Not one. Click on it and it makes that sound... but then nothing happens. Its not crucial, I can live without old reruns of I Love Lucy, but it bugs me that the program is not working as it should.

I already re- ran set-up again 3 times. I read in some other thread about TunerFree MCE and I downloaded that, and it works fine. (Now I have access to hundreds of shows from all over the world I'll probably never watch!) But it obviously does not fix my problem. Most of the shows that are supposed to be available in the Program Guide I'm not even interested, but all of them used to open easily, no problem. So I'd like to be able to watch the ones I want.

I have not tried to re-install Windows 7. Wasn't the hassle if I screwed something up.
But I did update Silverlight, and that didn't do anything either.

Also, I no longer even have an icon for Internet TV, and I swear I did! Now there's just Recorded TV and Program Guide. I download anything I want to watch, either hours or days after it airs, so I don't have cable or any TV service, nor a TV tuner in my laptop. But downloading is time consuming, and takes up room on my hard drive, if I don't watch things right away, so I would love to be able to access Internet TV.

There also used to be an whole section of documentaries that aren't there any more. I did already watch most of them, and I loved them. But that entire section is gone now. I think it might have been in Extras Gallery, but I'm not sure. All new weird stuff that also won't open is in there now.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thank you!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Jun 2011   #2

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE

I can't really answer your question, because I've had so much trouble with Media Center, that I no longer use it...maybe someone else can help. In the mean time, I'll make some suggestions that might serve the purpose that you are looking for. As an alternative to Media Center, try a free program called XBMC. I'm still new to it, so don't understand everything that it can do, but it is excellent for listening/viewing to stored audio/video files. It does have a number of add-on programs, which may give access to online videos, but I'm not familiar enough to say.

You do not need any viewer to watch internet movies, other than a web browser for sites such as, and many, many more. A good place to either watch or download movies of older vintage is (Internet Archive) or

Considering the way that you described your viewing habits, I think that you will find one or more of these of interest.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Jun 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Thanks, I'll check them out. All I ever watched in Media Center before old Perry Mason reruns. In the TunerFree MCE, which loads itself right into Media Center I got a whole series of Dick Tracy crime dramas from 1930's-40's based on the comic strip, and I'm keeping busy with those. It just bugs me there's a built in program that is an advertised feature for the operating system, that doesn't work. So I still wouldn't mind if someone can figure out how to make it right.
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