Windows Media Center Won't Work

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by John, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. John

    John Guest

    I purchased a computer a few months ago with Windows Vista Home Premiun
    edition. I have never been successful in getting the Windows Media Center to

    My ISP is MSN Dial-Up and I have no problems connecting to my ISP through
    its program - also have no problem accessing the internet from Internet
    Explorer. However, when I try to set up my internet connection with the Media
    Center using the Connection they show (MSN) and entering my password and
    then using the "Test" procedure to verify Media Center can connect to the
    internet I get the message "Specific Dial-Up Connection Cannot Be Found".

    I have also tried using Media Center when I am connected to the Intenet thru
    my ISP and nothing works where a Media Connection to the internet is needed.

    I have also tried using the program as "Administrator" and get the same

    I would appreciate any help/suggestions.
    John, Jun 4, 2008
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  2. John

    S.Sengupta Guest

    Check settings of dial-up connection selected for Media Center
    download.Now connect to your ISP outside Media Center and after that run
    Media Center Setup Again.If that doesn't help then look at the event log.

    S.Sengupta, Jun 5, 2008
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  3. John

    John Guest

    Thanks for the prompt response. I would appreciate more detailed information
    regarding your response.
    When I go to "Set Up Internet Connection" in Media Center I am asked if my
    connection is "always on" and I select "No". I am then asked to "Select
    Connection" and the only selection shown is "MSN" so I select that and am
    then asked to enter my password. Where should I go to "check the settings of
    dial-up connection for Media Center download"?

    You suggested if unsuccessful I look at the event log. What am I looking for
    on the log and what would I do with the information?

    Thanks again.

    John, Jun 5, 2008
  4. John

    S.Sengupta Guest

    S.Sengupta, Jun 6, 2008
  5. John

    John Guest

    Thanks again for your reply.

    I went to the Microsoft Windows Help locaion you suggested which is
    Troubleshoot Problems With An Internet Connection In Windows Media Center. It
    appeard that this was the answer to my problem. Even though I have a Dial-Up
    connection to my ISP I had never set the connection up so I went to the
    instructions for "configuring a dial-up connection for use in Windows Media
    Center". I went down thru the steps as shown but when I got to Step 6, Which
    indicares "Select the Allow Other People To use this Connection", which I
    did, I do not get any o[tion to select that says "Create". Only options I
    receice are "Connect" or "Cancel". When I try "Connect" I receive a message
    the "test" was unsuccessful.

    John, Jun 7, 2008
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    Brian Obee Guest

    I have had the same problem on Win7x64 for a few months now. I've spent over 40 hours trying to find a solution or even accurate information on the cause of the problem. No luck.
    I finally tried a utility called ?PC Scan and Repair by reimage? ( It promises a 60 day money back guarantee if not satisfied. I downloaded it, paid for a licence key and ran it. The problem wa solved in less than an hour. I re-indexed the files after the repair (Start button, type "index" (no quotes) in search box, click MODIFY to make sure Windows Media Center is included, click advanced and REBUILD the indexes). Once the indexes are rebuilt (may take some time) Media Center ADD RECORDING SEARCH worked just fine.
    I haven't found and any problems created by this new program. It makes many repairs so I'd get a system backup before trying it out.
    Good luck.

    Brian Obee, Apr 21, 2012
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