Windows® Media Center Stops Responding
What are the reasons for Windows Media Center getting hanged. Discuss tips to resolve the issue.
Windows Media Center is one of the important applications that always show a steady enhancement. It is core part of Windows Ultimate edition and Windows Vista Home Premium edition Operating System. It is a software designed and developed by Microsoft Corporation for home entertainment and has been implemented in Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 Operating System. There are many reasons for Windows Media Center getting hanged. The lack of proper use of sufficient space in hard disc can be a reason for Windows Media Center to freeze. Check the cable signal connection. It can also be due to the presence of any third party codecs that is installed on the system. Updated drive for the tuner card sometimes freezes the system. Heat from the system may also be a reason.
Following are the tips to get rid of Windows Media Center from getting hanged:
- Proper checking
- Performing clean boot
- Video codecs and heat from card
The card reads as the user is watching, so you need to make sure that the hard disc is large enough and it has lot of free space. Defragging the hard disc can fix the problem to an extent. The cable signal must be properly checked. If the loss of signal error persists, then it might be the problem of the signal.
Performing clean boot
At times, network policy settings may not allow performing the clean boot task if the system is connected to network. To start the process, you need to type "msconfig.exe" in the Run box. Then, in the General tab, you need to click on 'Selective start up' followed by clicking on 'Load start up items' to clear the check boxes. Then, on the services tab click on 'Hide all Microsoft services' check box and click on 'Disable all'. Now, click 'OK' and restart. After the issue is resolved, set the computer in normal start setup.
Upgrading the video codecs can be a reason. If this makes the video to freeze then either chop up or add noise to the feedback to avoid the problem. An updated driver of the tuner card may cause loss of signal, since the tuners do not come with fan, so they get very hot that may result in freeze of Windows Media Center. Providing a heat sink can resolve the problem to an extent.
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