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My PC seems to have been taken over by Windows Media Center,

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Hi
My PC seems to have been taken over by Windows Media Center, it opens on EVERY programme so I can't system restore and I can't uninstall it, it also opens when I re boot. The only thing unaffected is my access to the net, everything else opens in WMC.
My PC run on Windows Vista 32 bit Home Premium.
Any ideas would be welcome,
Eric.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Computer
Expert:  Randy Computer Tech replied 1 year ago.
Try one of these steps please>A. Disable the Windows Media Center ServicesClick Start, type services.msc and pressEnterFind Windows Media Center Extender Service and double click itOn the General tab, change Startup Type to Disabled and click OK to close that windowRepeat steps 2 and 3 for Windows Media Center Receiver Service,Windows Media Center Scheduler ServiceandWindows Media Center Service LauncherClose the Services window and reboot B. Disable Windows Media Center via Group Policy (Note: This is not an option for Windows Vista Home Premium users)Click Start, type gpedit.msc and press EnterUnder Computer Configuration, navigate to Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Media CenterIn the right pane, double click the only policy (Do not allow Windows Media Center to run) Select Enabled (sounds weird but this will indeed prevent WMC from running) and clickOKto close that WindowClose the Local Group Policy Editor and reboot C. Disable Windows Media Center via the registryClick Start, type regedit and press EnterNavigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Policies > MicrosoftRight click on Microsoft and choose New >KeyName the key WindowsMediaCenter and press EnterRight click on the key you just created and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) ValueName the DWORD MediaCenter and press Enter twiceChange the Hexadecimal value to 1 and press OKClose Registry Editor and reboot You really only need to perform one of the above fixes for Windows Media Center to be disabled.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi
Tried A and disabled all WMC services then restartrd but WMC still comes up opened up services an they all show WMC disabled???
Then tried C (can't use B-home prem vista) typed in regedit but when I pressed Enter the WMC opened up so could progress no further.
Eric
Expert:  Randy Computer Tech replied 1 year ago.
okay, Run the fix it available in the below Microsoft article and check if it works.When you run an .exe file on a Windows Vista-based or Windows 7-based computer, the file may start a different programhttp://support.microsoft.com/kb/950505 Method 2If the above step fails then you will need to restore the file associations for the programs that are opening using Windows media center.Change which programs Windows uses by defaulthttp://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Change-which-programs-Windows-uses-by-default
Expert:  Randy Computer Tech replied 1 year ago.
okay,Run the fix it available in the below Microsoft article and check if it works.When you run an .exe file on a Windows Vista-based or Windows 7-based computer, the file may start a different programhttp://support.microsoft.com/kb/950505 Method 2If the above step fails then you will need to restore the file associations for the programs that are opening using Windows media center.Change which programs Windows uses by defaulthttp://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Change-which-programs-Windows-uses-by-default
Expert:  Randy Computer Tech replied 1 year ago.
okay,Run the fix it available in the below Microsoft article and check if it works.When you run an .exe file on a Windows Vista-based or Windows 7-based computer, the file may start a different programhttp://support.microsoft.com/kb/950505 Method 2If the above step fails then you will need to restore the file associations for the programs that are opening using Windows media center.Change which programs Windows uses by defaulthttp://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Change-which-programs-Windows-uses-by-default
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi Randy
Apologies for break, had ro go to work.
Tried Method 1 but "Fix It" didn't.
Tried Method 2 and got into the page " Change which programs Windows uses by defaul".
Not sure what to do next.
Set google chrome for all defaults.....no change.
Went into WMC, says it has all its defaults, couldn'see any way to alter this
Expert:  Randy Computer Tech replied 1 year ago.
okay, follow these steps please> CLICK HERE<
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi Randy
Could you tell me what to do after I get to the Change defaults page. The link just describes what the defaults are for.
Eric.
Expert:  Randy Computer Tech replied 1 year ago.
you will need to restore the file associations for the programs that are opening using Windows media center.>Open Default Programs by clicking the Start button , and then clicking Default Programs.Click Associate a file type or protocol with a program.Click the file type or protocol that you want the program to act as the default for.Click Change program.Click the program that you want to use as the default for the file type you selected, or click the arrow next to Other Programs to show additional programs. (If you don't see Other Programs, or your program is not listed, click Browseto find the program you want to use, and then click Open. If no other programs are installed that are able to open the file type or protocol, your choices will be limited.)
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Sorry Randy now you have lost me, I guess I need to get a guy in. Thanks for trying, I will go back and click ok so that you get paid
Eric.

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