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Thread: media center critical failure error code 3

  1. #1
    Crystal p Guest

    media center critical failure error code 3

    Last night my computer did an automatic microsoft update and this morning
    media center has a critical failure problem. Error code 3. It says
    component registration failture: Some of the files needed to play radio or
    media are missing or corrupt. Media Center component registration may have
    failed.
    I have a XP Media Center 2005 computer. Please help? Thanks.
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    crystalp

  2. #2
    Crystal p Guest

    RE: media center critical failure error code 3

    I found a solution on another site

    Azarl wrote:
    # Close Media Center
    # Click on the Start menu, choose run and type cmd
    # Execute the command regsvr32.exe atl.dll
    # Execute the command C:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehSched /unregServer
    # Execute the command C:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehSched /service
    # Execute the command C:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehRecvr /unregServer
    # Execute the command C:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehRecvr /service
    # Execute the command C:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehRec.exe /unregServer
    # Execute the command C:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehRec.exe /regserver
    # Execute the command C:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehmsas.exe /unregServer
    # Execute the command C:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehmsas.exe /regserver
    # Restart Media Center

    I don't know why Media Center has such problems. :(

  3. #3
    MowGreen Guest

    Re: media center critical failure error code 3

    No issue here when installing any Media Center updates. Perhaps the
    installed AV/Security suite/3rd party firewall is what *may* have caused
    the update installation failure.

    MowGreen
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    "Security updates should *not* have *non-security content* prechecked"

  4. #4
    Blanch Guest

    Re: media center critical failure error code 3

    MowGreen,

    "Security updates should *not* have *non-security content* prechecked"

    Can you please tell me how to do that? Thanks.

  5. #5
    PA Bear [MS MVP] Guest

    Re: media center critical failure error code 3

    Blanch wrote:)

  6. #6
    kc2bya Guest

    RE: media center critical failure error code 3

    Hey Crystal, you're a lifesaver. They screwed up mine too. Tnx much.

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    Re: media center critical failure error code 3

    HELP! I have been battling this error for months! I understand the "Start, run, cmd" but don't understand how to "execute the command". Do I type onto the black (DOS) window? Where do I type these commands? (sorry if this is a really dumb question; but at least I'm still trying . . .)

  8. #8
    Shenan Stanley Guest

    Re: media center critical failure error code 3

    If you tried what you said - you'd have it.

    In the instructions you 'quoted'...

    "Execute the command" could be "Type the following in the Command Prompt
    window and press <ENTER>:"

    Some further suggestions from me...

    - Stop using TechArena.in. It is a leech off the actual newsgroups/forums
    your quiestion is being answered from (most likely) and is a badly
    formatted/badly synching one at that.

    - Go through all the following steps (considering the OS you have is likely
    the same as the original poster - or I am assuming that) and cleanup that
    machine/get it up to date. Provide the requested information as well. They
    are long, but they are easy. Your machine will be better off for it and you
    will have learned some new things.

    Press and hold down the Windows key on your keyboard and then press the
    "Pause/Break" key. Let go of both. This is equivalent in Windows XP to
    having right-clicked on the "My Computer" icon and chosen "Properties"
    from the menu that appears. When the new window appears - ensure you are
    under the "General" tab. Is there *anything* in there to indicate you
    have a 64-bit version of Windows XP, like the words, "Windows XP
    Professional x64 Edition Version"?

    Next we will get the edition and version information...

    Start button --> RUN
    (no "RUN"? Press the "Windows Key" + R on your keyboard)
    --> type in:
    winver
    --> Click OK.

    The picture at the top of the window that opens will give you the general
    (Operating System name and edition) while the line starting with the word
    "version" will give you the rest of the story. Post _both_ in response
    to this message verbatim. No paraphrasing - instead - ensure
    character-for-character copying.

    What version of Internet Explorer are you currently using? Easy to find
    out. Open Internet Explorer and while that is in-focus, press and hold
    the "ALT" key on your keyboard. With the "ALT" key still pressed, press
    (just once, no holding) the "H" key. Now, with the "ALT" key still
    pressed, press (just once, no holding) the "A" key. That will bring up
    the "About Internet Explorer" window. It will give you the exact version
    you are using - repeat what you see there in response to this message.

    Fix your file/registry permissions...

    Ignore the title and follow the sub-section under
    "Advanced Troubleshooting" titled,
    "Method 1: Reset the registry and the file permissions"
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/949377
    *will take time
    ** Ignore the last step (6) - you should have SP3 - if you do not,
    just come back after you have done everything else and let
    everyone here know - but don't install it now.

    You will likely see errors pass by if you watching, even count up. No
    worries *at this time*.

    *After* that is done, continue on to the next part where you clean off
    some excess (unnecessary) files. It only removes those you definitely
    do not need, if you follow the directions *as given* and do not deviate.
    So reboot (for each of these steps, it is just best to reboot right
    before - but I will continue to point that out) and logon as an user with
    administrative priviledges.

    Download/install the "Windows Installer CleanUp Utility":
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/290301

    After installing, do the following:

    Start button --> RUN
    (no "RUN"? Press the "Windows Key" + R on your keyboard)
    --> type in:
    "%ProgramFiles%\Windows Installer Clean Up\msizap.exe" g!
    --> Click OK.
    (The quotation marks and percentage signs and spacing should be exact.)

    It will flash by *quick*, don't expect much out of this step to get
    excited about. But the cleaner your machine is to start with, the
    better your luck will be later (not really luck - more like preparedness,
    but that's not as fun to think about, eh?)

    Yeah - you will get tired of rebooting - but let's soldier on and reboot
    again and logon as an user with administrative priviledges.

    This time (and this is one of the more time-consuming steps) you will be
    running (one at a time with reboots in-between each) three different
    anti-spyware/anti-malware applications to ensure you come up clean.

    Download, install, run, update and perform a full scan with the following
    (freeware version):

    SuperAntiSpyware
    http://www.superantispyware.com/

    Reboot and logon as administrative user.

    Download, install, run, update and perform a full scan with the following
    (freeware version):

    MalwareBytes
    http://www.malwarebytes.com/

    Reboot and logon as administrative user.

    Download and run the MSRT manually:
    http://www.microsoft.com/security/ma...e/default.mspx

    You may find nothing, you may find only cookies, you may think it is a
    waste of time - but if you do all this and report back here with what you
    do/don't find as you are doing all of it - you are adding more pieces to
    the puzzle and the entire picture just may become clearer and your
    problem resolved.

    Reboot and logon as administrative user.

    Download/Install the latest Windows Installer (for your OS):
    ( Windows XP 32-bit : WindowsXP-KB942288-v3-x86.exe )
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloadS/d...displaylang=en

    Reboot and logon as administrative user.

    Download the latest version of the Windows Update agent from here (x86):
    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=91237
    .... and save it to the root of your C:\ drive. After saving it to the
    root of the C:\ drive, do the following:

    Close all Internet Explorer windows and other applications.

    Start button --> RUN and type in:
    %SystemDrive%\windowsupdateagent30-x86.exe /WUFORCE
    --> Click OK.

    (If asked, select "Run.) --> Click on NEXT --> Select "I agree" and click on
    NEXT --> When it finishes installing, click on "Finish"...

    Reboot and logon as administrative user.

    Visit this web page:

    How do I reset Windows Update components?
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971058

    .... and click on the "Microsoft Fix it" icon. When asked, select "RUN",
    both times. Check the "I agree" box and click on "Next". Check the box
    for "Run aggressive options (not recommended)" and click "Next". Let
    it finish up and follow the prompts until it is done. Close/exit and
    reboot when it is.

    You should now perform a full CHKDSK on your system drive (C:)...

    How to scan your disks for errors
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315265
    * will take time and a reboot

    You should now perform a full Defragment on your system drive (C:)...

    How to Defragment your hard drives
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314848
    * will take time

    Reboot.

    Uninstall any and all third-party firewall applications (ZoneAlarm, etc)
    and utilize the built-in Windows Firewall only.

    Reboot.

    Log on as an user with administrative rights and open Internet Explorer
    and visit http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/ and select to do a
    CUSTOM scan...

    Every time you are about to click on something while at these web pages -
    first press and hold down the CTRL key while you click on it. You can
    release the CTRL key after clicking each time.

    Once the scan is done, select just _ONE_ of the high priority updates
    (deselect any others) and install it.

    Reboot again.

    If it did work - try the web page again - selecting no more than 3-5 at a
    time. Rebooting as needed.

    The Optional Software updates are generally safe - although I recommend
    against the "Windows Search" one and any of the "Office Live" ones or
    "Windows Live" ones for now. I would completely avoid the
    Optional Hardware updates. Also - I do not see any urgent need to
    install Internet Explorer 8 at this time.

    Seriously - do all that. This is like antibiotics - don't skip a single
    step, don't quit because you think things will be okay now - go through
    until the end, until you have done everything given in the order given. If
    you have a problem with a step come ask and let someone here get you
    through that step. If you don't understand how to do a step, come back
    and ask here about that step and let someone walk you through it.

    Then - when done - let everyone here know if it worked for you - or if
    you have more issues.

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