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Thread: Vista x64 Ultimate (upgrade) - Media Center missing??

  1. #1
    E Weerheim Guest

    Vista x64 Ultimate (upgrade) - Media Center missing??

    I posted this in the Media Center PC discussion group, but this may be a
    better place to come for help:

    I recently installed Vista Ultimate x64 (Upgrade), doing a clean install over
    my previously existing Windows XP Pro installation (format). Several days
    into playing with it, I've noticed that Media Center is nowhere to be found;
    not through a search, nowhere in the start menu... nothing. I had assumed
    that Media Center came with the Ultimate edition, but does it only come on
    new PCs with TV tuning equipment....?

    I tracked down the C:\windows\ehome directory and attempted to manually
    start the ehshell.exe file, to which I receive this error:

    "Windows cannot open this program because it has been prevented by a
    software restriction policy. For more information contact your system
    administrator."

    When I ran the file, I was logged in as administrator.

    I don't have a TV-tuner card.. I just wanted to run Media Center for
    watching DVDs on my LCD. Let me know what further information you need to
    help!


  2. #2
    Colin Barnhorst Guest

    Re: Vista x64 Ultimate (upgrade) - Media Center missing??

    It is included in Ultimate. Click on the Start orb, click All Programs, and
    select Windows Media Center from the All Programs menu.

    "E Weerheim" <EWeerheim@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:DBB34046-E72B-41FE-8504-0C248678AA06@microsoft.com...
    >I posted this in the Media Center PC discussion group, but this may be a
    > better place to come for help:
    >
    > I recently installed Vista Ultimate x64 (Upgrade), doing a clean install
    > over
    > my previously existing Windows XP Pro installation (format). Several days
    > into playing with it, I've noticed that Media Center is nowhere to be
    > found;
    > not through a search, nowhere in the start menu... nothing. I had assumed
    > that Media Center came with the Ultimate edition, but does it only come on
    > new PCs with TV tuning equipment....?
    >
    > I tracked down the C:\windows\ehome directory and attempted to manually
    > start the ehshell.exe file, to which I receive this error:
    >
    > "Windows cannot open this program because it has been prevented by a
    > software restriction policy. For more information contact your system
    > administrator."
    >
    > When I ran the file, I was logged in as administrator.
    >
    > I don't have a TV-tuner card.. I just wanted to run Media Center for
    > watching DVDs on my LCD. Let me know what further information you need to
    > help!
    >



  3. #3
    E Weerheim Guest

    Re: Vista x64 Ultimate (upgrade) - Media Center missing??

    Thanks, but, to clarify:

    Media Center is not available in my Start Menu. You can't even do an
    advanced search for it.

    "Colin Barnhorst" wrote:

    > It is included in Ultimate. Click on the Start orb, click All Programs, and
    > select Windows Media Center from the All Programs menu.
    >
    > "E Weerheim" <EWeerheim@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:DBB34046-E72B-41FE-8504-0C248678AA06@microsoft.com...
    > >I posted this in the Media Center PC discussion group, but this may be a
    > > better place to come for help:
    > >
    > > I recently installed Vista Ultimate x64 (Upgrade), doing a clean install
    > > over
    > > my previously existing Windows XP Pro installation (format). Several days
    > > into playing with it, I've noticed that Media Center is nowhere to be
    > > found;
    > > not through a search, nowhere in the start menu... nothing. I had assumed
    > > that Media Center came with the Ultimate edition, but does it only come on
    > > new PCs with TV tuning equipment....?
    > >
    > > I tracked down the C:\windows\ehome directory and attempted to manually
    > > start the ehshell.exe file, to which I receive this error:
    > >
    > > "Windows cannot open this program because it has been prevented by a
    > > software restriction policy. For more information contact your system
    > > administrator."
    > >
    > > When I ran the file, I was logged in as administrator.
    > >
    > > I don't have a TV-tuner card.. I just wanted to run Media Center for
    > > watching DVDs on my LCD. Let me know what further information you need to
    > > help!
    > >

    >
    >


  4. #4
    quake chick Guest

    RE: Vista x64 Ultimate (upgrade) - Media Center missing??

    I am having the exact same issue. All I could find was info related to
    server 2003 and Xp...

    I have windows Home Premium, clean install/upgrade after a format.

    I do not have a group policy in effect, and I am showing updates for media
    center in event viewer.



    "E Weerheim" wrote:

    > I posted this in the Media Center PC discussion group, but this may be a
    > better place to come for help:
    >
    > I recently installed Vista Ultimate x64 (Upgrade), doing a clean install over
    > my previously existing Windows XP Pro installation (format). Several days
    > into playing with it, I've noticed that Media Center is nowhere to be found;
    > not through a search, nowhere in the start menu... nothing. I had assumed
    > that Media Center came with the Ultimate edition, but does it only come on
    > new PCs with TV tuning equipment....?
    >
    > I tracked down the C:\windows\ehome directory and attempted to manually
    > start the ehshell.exe file, to which I receive this error:
    >
    > "Windows cannot open this program because it has been prevented by a
    > software restriction policy. For more information contact your system
    > administrator."
    >
    > When I ran the file, I was logged in as administrator.
    >
    > I don't have a TV-tuner card.. I just wanted to run Media Center for
    > watching DVDs on my LCD. Let me know what further information you need to
    > help!
    >


  5. #5
    Sascha Jazbec Guest

    Re: Vista x64 Ultimate (upgrade) - Media Center missing??

    are you running any "tweaking" utility ??

    Most of those have access to "hidden features" .

    If not, then please go into group-policies to confirm :

    by typing in the searchbox in startmenu the following without quotes :
    "gpedit.msc"

    - then have a look at the left pane, got to
    "Computer Configuration" -> "administrative templates" ->

    look for "WindowsComponents" ( still left pane ) - and click that.

    Now on the right look for a folder "windows media center" and doubleclick
    it - there you find the policy to en- or disable it.

    Hope it helps

    SJ / germany
    A reboot might be a good idea after switching the on / off settings.
    "quake chick" <quakechick@discussions.microsoft.com> schrieb im Newsbeitrag
    news:91D55A00-1C4A-4B35-B845-849610B6A5C6@microsoft.com...
    >I am having the exact same issue. All I could find was info related to
    > server 2003 and Xp...
    >
    > I have windows Home Premium, clean install/upgrade after a format.
    >
    > I do not have a group policy in effect, and I am showing updates for media
    > center in event viewer.
    >
    >
    >
    > "E Weerheim" wrote:
    >
    >> I posted this in the Media Center PC discussion group, but this may be a
    >> better place to come for help:
    >>
    >> I recently installed Vista Ultimate x64 (Upgrade), doing a clean install
    >> over
    >> my previously existing Windows XP Pro installation (format). Several days
    >> into playing with it, I've noticed that Media Center is nowhere to be
    >> found;
    >> not through a search, nowhere in the start menu... nothing. I had assumed
    >> that Media Center came with the Ultimate edition, but does it only come
    >> on
    >> new PCs with TV tuning equipment....?
    >>
    >> I tracked down the C:\windows\ehome directory and attempted to manually
    >> start the ehshell.exe file, to which I receive this error:
    >>
    >> "Windows cannot open this program because it has been prevented by a
    >> software restriction policy. For more information contact your system
    >> administrator."
    >>
    >> When I ran the file, I was logged in as administrator.
    >>
    >> I don't have a TV-tuner card.. I just wanted to run Media Center for
    >> watching DVDs on my LCD. Let me know what further information you need to
    >> help!
    >>



  6. #6
    alphamatrix Guest

    Re: Vista x64 Ultimate (upgrade) - Media Center missing??


    Hi

    I had the exact same problem on Vista Home Premium, and I -have- a TV
    tuner. The problem is with driver updates I think.

    I used system restore to roll back through my driver updates, and came
    up with three posisble drivers causing the problem:

    Conexant Falcon TV Tuner (you said you had no tv tuner? so I'm guessing
    this won't be the cause)
    ATI RADEON drivers (Which I've reinstalled with no problem)
    and
    Logitech webam.

    I mention the webcam ecause it has echo cancellation on it, which was
    known to conflict with my previous OS (Win XP Media Centre).

    SO... I'd suggest a system restore to see if it's an update that's
    caused it? I'm going to slowly reinstall my updates and see if I can
    figure out the exact cause, but I thought I'd let you know before you
    go reformat or reinstall vista that a simple restore should do it....


    --
    alphamatrix

  7. #7
    Ramiek Guest

    RE: Vista x64 Ultimate (upgrade) - Media Center missing??

    I do have the same problem, I don't have a logitech webcam and have a geforce
    6200SE videocard.
    I think I have to do a systemrestore also...

    "E Weerheim" wrote:

    > I posted this in the Media Center PC discussion group, but this may be a
    > better place to come for help:
    >
    > I recently installed Vista Ultimate x64 (Upgrade), doing a clean install over
    > my previously existing Windows XP Pro installation (format). Several days
    > into playing with it, I've noticed that Media Center is nowhere to be found;
    > not through a search, nowhere in the start menu... nothing. I had assumed
    > that Media Center came with the Ultimate edition, but does it only come on
    > new PCs with TV tuning equipment....?
    >
    > I tracked down the C:\windows\ehome directory and attempted to manually
    > start the ehshell.exe file, to which I receive this error:
    >
    > "Windows cannot open this program because it has been prevented by a
    > software restriction policy. For more information contact your system
    > administrator."
    >
    > When I ran the file, I was logged in as administrator.
    >
    > I don't have a TV-tuner card.. I just wanted to run Media Center for
    > watching DVDs on my LCD. Let me know what further information you need to
    > help!
    >


  8. #8
    Ramiek Guest

    RE: Vista x64 Ultimate (upgrade) - Media Center missing??


    Media Center is back and working, I picked up the restorepoint just before
    update the javadrivers, maybe this helps you too!

    gr Annemiek


    "Ramiek" wrote:

    > I do have the same problem, I don't have a logitech webcam and have a geforce
    > 6200SE videocard.
    > I think I have to do a systemrestore also...
    >
    > "E Weerheim" wrote:
    >
    > > I posted this in the Media Center PC discussion group, but this may be a
    > > better place to come for help:
    > >
    > > I recently installed Vista Ultimate x64 (Upgrade), doing a clean install over
    > > my previously existing Windows XP Pro installation (format). Several days
    > > into playing with it, I've noticed that Media Center is nowhere to be found;
    > > not through a search, nowhere in the start menu... nothing. I had assumed
    > > that Media Center came with the Ultimate edition, but does it only come on
    > > new PCs with TV tuning equipment....?
    > >
    > > I tracked down the C:\windows\ehome directory and attempted to manually
    > > start the ehshell.exe file, to which I receive this error:
    > >
    > > "Windows cannot open this program because it has been prevented by a
    > > software restriction policy. For more information contact your system
    > > administrator."
    > >
    > > When I ran the file, I was logged in as administrator.
    > >
    > > I don't have a TV-tuner card.. I just wanted to run Media Center for
    > > watching DVDs on my LCD. Let me know what further information you need to
    > > help!
    > >


  9. #9
    alphamatrix Guest

    Re: Vista x64 Ultimate (upgrade) - Media Center missing??


    Hmmm.. ok, now i'm puzzled.

    I'm trying to work it out by a process of elimination, but with my
    Logitech webcam and new RADEON drivers, I'm having no issues.

    I've got two more programs to install, so I'll see how it goes. Maybe
    it's just a random glitch?

    Ramiek - I can't see a java drivers update in my list of updates (new
    or installed). Strange....


    --
    alphamatrix

  10. #10
    Ramiek Guest

    Re: Vista x64 Ultimate (upgrade) - Media Center missing??

    Sorry, I'm struggling with the English language, ofcourse not the javadrivers
    but Java, I downloaded en installed it together with OpenOffice, right now I
    have Open Office without Java installed and everything still works ;)
    All the other installed stuf is installed again also and al the windows
    updates are done.

    gr Annemiek

    "alphamatrix" wrote:

    >
    > Hmmm.. ok, now i'm puzzled.
    >
    > I'm trying to work it out by a process of elimination, but with my
    > Logitech webcam and new RADEON drivers, I'm having no issues.
    >
    > I've got two more programs to install, so I'll see how it goes. Maybe
    > it's just a random glitch?
    >
    > Ramiek - I can't see a java drivers update in my list of updates (new
    > or installed). Strange....
    >
    >
    > --
    > alphamatrix
    >


  11. #11
    quake chick Guest

    Re: Vista x64 Ultimate (upgrade) - Media Center missing??

    I dont have a web cam, or a tv tuner card. But I do have a radeon video
    card. I was thinking maybe the catalyst. The puzzling thing is that it was
    there, and then out of nowhere, it was gone.

    I had checked for any group policies, and as a precaution, reset them all
    with a DOS command. Said it was successful, but it wasnt.

    I will rollback my drivers today and see where that gets me.

    Thanks everyone for your input, I could have tried a startup repair, but
    that would not provide the answer to this puzzle.

    "alphamatrix" wrote:

    >
    > Hi
    >
    > I had the exact same problem on Vista Home Premium, and I -have- a TV
    > tuner. The problem is with driver updates I think.
    >
    > I used system restore to roll back through my driver updates, and came
    > up with three posisble drivers causing the problem:
    >
    > Conexant Falcon TV Tuner (you said you had no tv tuner? so I'm guessing
    > this won't be the cause)
    > ATI RADEON drivers (Which I've reinstalled with no problem)
    > and
    > Logitech webam.
    >
    > I mention the webcam ecause it has echo cancellation on it, which was
    > known to conflict with my previous OS (Win XP Media Centre).
    >
    > SO... I'd suggest a system restore to see if it's an update that's
    > caused it? I'm going to slowly reinstall my updates and see if I can
    > figure out the exact cause, but I thought I'd let you know before you
    > go reformat or reinstall vista that a simple restore should do it....
    >
    >
    > --
    > alphamatrix
    >


  12. #12
    quake chick Guest

    RE: Vista x64 Ultimate (upgrade) - Media Center missing??

    I fixed my media center issue with it being missing and getting the group
    policy error. In "set program access and defaults, i selected media player
    as the default and enabled access to media center" and Voila its
    working!!!!!!

    Hope this helps for you, though maybe you have found a solution already.

    Quakechick

    "E Weerheim" wrote:

    > I posted this in the Media Center PC discussion group, but this may be a
    > better place to come for help:
    >
    > I recently installed Vista Ultimate x64 (Upgrade), doing a clean install over
    > my previously existing Windows XP Pro installation (format). Several days
    > into playing with it, I've noticed that Media Center is nowhere to be found;
    > not through a search, nowhere in the start menu... nothing. I had assumed
    > that Media Center came with the Ultimate edition, but does it only come on
    > new PCs with TV tuning equipment....?
    >
    > I tracked down the C:\windows\ehome directory and attempted to manually
    > start the ehshell.exe file, to which I receive this error:
    >
    > "Windows cannot open this program because it has been prevented by a
    > software restriction policy. For more information contact your system
    > administrator."
    >
    > When I ran the file, I was logged in as administrator.
    >
    > I don't have a TV-tuner card.. I just wanted to run Media Center for
    > watching DVDs on my LCD. Let me know what further information you need to
    > help!
    >


  13. #13
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    simpler way to access/run Windows Media Centre / launch Icon Shortcut

    Have had same problems, whereby could not find a way to run WMC.

    Easiest way to get a shortcut on the desktop is:

    Launch control panel in vista.

    Run Welcome Centre

    Click on show all items.

    Click on WMC icon, then right click and select "create shortcut"

    Voila!! the shortcut will be on your desktop.

    You can then move the shortcut anywhere you want.

  14. #14
    Andre Da Costa[ActiveWin] Guest

    Re: Vista x64 Ultimate (upgrade) - Media Center missing??

    Did you check under C:\Program Files\Windows Media Center?
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    >
    > Have had same problems, whereby could not find a way to run WMC.
    >
    > Easiest way to get a shortcut on the desktop is:
    >
    > Launch control panel in vista.
    >
    > Run Welcome Centre
    >
    > Click on show all items.
    >
    > Click on WMC icon, then right click and select "create shortcut"
    >
    > Voila!! the shortcut will be on your desktop.
    >
    > You can then move the shortcut anywhere you want.
    >
    >
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  15. #15
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    yeah!!

    Yeah, i did check everywhere including the forlder you mentioned, its simply not there.

    but i knew that the program was lurking somewhere as i ran a video file that came with WMC and WMC opened and played it.

    the extension of the file was for WMC only.

    So i knew that WMC was still on my Vista Ultimate 64bit.

    Did you find the link to WMC by clicking the welcome icon of the control panel?

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