Have you ever been shown the error message-“ Windows® Media® Center™ not workingâ€?
Troubleshooting Issues with in Windows Media Center
When you click on Windows Media Center and it does not open or post click it displays an error message saying “Media Center has stopped working”, you need to rectify the problem through troubleshooting and correcting it. This can be achieved by making the database file for the Windows Media Center to be reset. However if the Windows Media Center not working problem is due to missing program or in other words Windows Media center entry has vanished from the start menu than you need to add it to the list back. This can be done by making Windows Media Center as a default program for playing any media file.
The following details explain the steps to resolve “Windows Media center not working” error:
- How to troubleshoot problems for “Windows Media centre not working”?
- What are the instructions be followed to reset the database file?
- What are main steps to be followed to Set Windows media center as the default media player?
How to troubleshoot problems for “Windows Media centre not working”?
You might have come across this problem quite often while switching over from any operating system to Windows vista that there occurs an error with the media centre that “Windows media centre not working”. Now, the main reason of such an error can be the version compatibility issue of the operating system and the Windows media centre version. Such problems can be troubleshot in different ways. For instance, there need to be made requisite changes in the registry or you can try resetting the database file or by just changing the settings to set Windows media player as the default player. Let us now see how can we rectify this problem in detail.
What are the instructions be followed to reset the database file?
Click on the circular flag button on the bottom left corner of the screen and in the search box type “run” to open the run box, You can also open the same by pressing on the keyboard the “Windows” key which displays a flag and the alphabet “R” key together. In the “Run “box type “%systemdrive%programdatamicrosoftehome” and click on the “OK” button below it or you can simply press the “Enter” key.
Identify the mediacenterdatastore.db file, and right click on it and select the delete option from the context menu and then press “Ok” for the confirmation of file deletion or sending the file to recycle bin. Now, Double click on the Windows Media Center icon present on the desktop or else go to start menu and find the entry saying “Windows Media Center” under all programs, click on the entry and the program would now start up.
Click on the circular flag button to open the start menu and select the “Control panel “option from there. From the list of options that come up click on the one which says “Default programs” and select on “Set Program Access and Computer Defaults “. Now, go for the option which says “Custom” and let “choose a default media player” option to be selected further. Now, browse through the list to find “Windows Media Center” in it and once found set it to be the default media player and now it would start appearing in the list under the start menu.
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