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Windows 7: The Windows media center(Live TV) doesn't recognize the new location.

10 May 2013   #11
3D Jed

Windows 7 pro x64 SP1

I only have experience of terrestrial TV, not satellite, but before you spend any cash on a tuner you should check that the tuner is compatible with the type of satellite service broadcasting in your area. You might try posting a message in a specialist WMC forum such as Green Button eg 'Wanted - external usb satellite tuner for country XYZ'.


the Wiki link was just for general tuner info, since you seemed a bit unsure about what a tuner was.

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16 May 2013   #12

Windows Ultimate x86, SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 3D Jed View Post
Why go in the registry to change WMC record location? Go settings - TV - recorder - recorder storage, and click as per attachment to change location

Attachment 263192

I really have tried this without having any tuner card connected to my laptop, so I finally found that whenever clicking on 'Live TV Setup', WMC recognizes the new location.
So it would be greatly appreciated if you could take some time out to pass through what is being written below.


If you want WMC to recognizes the new location whenever click on 'Live TV Setup', You must never run WMC until changing the public user account's profile folder after doing a clean install of a windows.

The problem is that when you change the public user account's profile folder from the default location(%SystemDrive%\Users\Public) into another partition, for example 'D:\users\Public\', Windows Media center still only creates 'TempRec' folder inside old default location "%SystemDrive% Users \public \Recorded TV' whenever I run WMC, then click on 'Live TV Setup'. However, whatever else I did, the changes be saved in the new location, for example, "D:\users\Public\"
The solution of this problem is as follows, if I was not wrong. I have applied this and it has sucesseed with me.

Nevertheless, I hope someone else confirms this for me:
These the steps I have come out to:
1- after finshing the clean install, you must never run Windows Medai Center while logging in with the exsiting user account which you created during instaling Windows untill change both user profil folder of this user and the public user account's profile folder.
2- You must log in with another admin user account. Then while logging in, you must change the other exsiting user account's profile folder and the public user account's profile folder to another partition other than OS partition with caring of hidden folders.
3- You must now log in with the user account you changed and then run the WMC now. After that, click on ' Live TV Setup'. So you will be seeing that 'TempRec' folder' will be created inside the new location, for instance, "D:\users\Public\ Recorded TV\".
4- As long as the TempRec folder is exising, Whenver you click on 'Live TV Setup', you will not see any changes happening. However, If you delete this folder, then reclick on 'live TV Setup', the folder will be recreated.

I really have tried many times. But nevertheless, I am not quite sure whether the problem was solved:

1- Because I only have moved the pulic user's profile folder ot another partition other OS partition before I never run WMC.
So the solution will be only 'You must never run WMC until you change the public account's profile to another partition other default location because if you run WMC befor changing public account's profile folder, then WMC will still remember default location even if you change it.
2- Or because changed both the existing user account which I created during installing Windows and user account's profile folder before running WMC.

However, when I first run WMC before changing public user account's profile fodler. Then, I click on 'Lvie TV setup', I saw that 'TempRec' folder creates in the old default location "%SystemDrive% Users \public \Recorded TV'. Also, when I changed the public user account's profile fodler to new location, WMC still creates 'TempRec' folder in the old default location "%SystemDrive% Users \public \Recorded TV', although all the puclic user account folder(Music,pictur, vedio) became recognised in the new locations, excpit only clicking on 'Live TV Setup' gives rise to recreate 'TempRec' folder' inside the old location. Even if I have completely deleted the the path 'Users\public\Recorded TV\TempRec' folder from old location, the clicking on 'live TV Setup' again causes to only recreate 'Users\public\Recorded TV\TempRec' and so on.
Also, when I delete 'TempRec' folder. Then I logged in with another user account still existing in the default location. After that, I run "WMC" and clicking on "Live TV setup', I noticed that 'TempRec' recreated in the new location.
As result, I would be quite sure that the public user account's porifle fodler must be changed before running WMC in order for WMC only memorises and is still looking for its information in the new location and forgets the old default location

But the most strange is WMC shouldn't have worked properly after moving your public user's profileee folder since it will still looking for its information in the public user profile folder's original 'Recorded TV' folder location which of course no longer exists. However, instead of working improperly, it recreates 'TempRec' in the public user profile folder's original 'Recorded TV' folder location whenever I clicked on 'Live TV Setup'
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18 May 2013   #13
3D Jed

Windows 7 pro x64 SP1

I'm still unsure what you are trying to achieve but let me explain a couple of things about the temp rec folder.

When you watch live TV, WMC saves what you are watching in the temp rec folder. You can usually rewind up to 30 minutes or pause then play and that function uses these files. The temp rec files are only visible when 'hide system files' is unchecked in control panel folder options. The temp rec files are deleted when the pc is restarted, so although 30 mins on HD can be a few GB, this is not using HDD space up because the files are not permanent. These files only remain on the HDD if you turn off the pc using power or reset buttons (eg if the machine has locked up).

I have a large library of saved TV programs so I moved the save location from my C system drive to my E drive using the method I described in a previous post. Although I still have a public recorded TV folder on my C drive, the folder is empty. When I watch TV, temp rec files are created in the Recorded TV folder on my E drive. I just did a test see attached jpgs.

I'm not sure if any of this applies if you don't have a tuner installed. The usual route is install tuner, do live TV setup, edit program guide, change recording defaults (if required).

temp rec on E drive

The Windows media center(Live TV) doesn't recognize the new location.-temp-rec.jpg

original temp rec

The Windows media center(Live TV) doesn't recognize the new location.-orig-temp-rec.jpg

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