While you’re enjoying the new features after upgrading your system to Windows 10, some people are bemoaning the malfunction of some features. For instance, the Windows Media Center error gets the attention of the public. Here, I’ll show you some useful ways to fix it.

Microsoft removes Windows Media Center from its latest Windows 10 updates; it has left a lot of Windows users angry and disappointed. Because of this, people choose to install a custom version of Windows Media Center and it can be compatible with the new Windows 10.

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Media Center Error Appears on Windows 10

Yet, Media Center error appears now and then, bothering the users a lot. As far as I know, there are mainly three types of Media Center errors; they are respectively:

  • Windows Media Center decoder error: the video decoder is not working, is not installed, or is not supported. Try installing the codec or restating your computer. Besides, you may try to update the drivers to fix the problem.
  • Windows Media Center won’t open error: when you click on it, the system prompts that this program cannot open and says it is searching for solutions. Since the system gives no suggestion on how to fix this, you may try the solutions below.
  • Windows Media Center not working (stopped working) error: a problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. This happens mainly due to third-party applications interfering with Media Center. To remove the problematic applications after a clean boot may fix the problem.

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How to Fix Windows Media Center Error on Win10

In this part, I’ll introduce mainly 3 solutions to help you solve the Media Center problems mentioned above.

Solution 1: Perform a Clean Boot

Clean boot means the minimal set of drivers and startup programs. If you start your computer in a clean boot, you are able to find out if there is a background program interfering with your program/game.

How to perform a clean boot in Windows 10:

  1. Click on the search box located in the taskbar.
  2. Type msconfig into the textbox.
  3. Right click on System Configuration (Desktop app).
  4. Choose Run as administrator from the menu.
  5. Select the Services
  6. Check the Hide all Microsoft services option at bottom left.
  7. Click on the Disable all
  8. Shift to the Startup
  9. Click on the Open Task Manager
  10. Select the first item in Startup tab and click on the Disable
  11. Repeat step 10 to disable all the items listed.
  12. Close Task Manager.
  13. Go back to the Startup tab of the System Configuration dialog box. Now, click on the OK button to confirm changes.
  14. Restart your computer.

disable all Startup items

Note: what if the Windows 10 taskbar is not working?

Solution 2: Run CHKDSK Scan

This is able to fix the Media Center error caused by a damaged hard drive.

  1. Click on the search box located in the taskbar.
  2. Type command prompt.
  3. Right click on Command Prompt (Desktop app).
  4. Choose Run as administrator from the menu.
  5. Type chkdsk /f *: (* stands for the system drive letter) and press Enter.
  6. Press Y to schedule a restart at next reboot.
  7. Restart your computer.

run chkdsk

Note: how to recover data after CHKDSK?

Solution 3: Rename the EpgListings directory

Here are the steps to rename the EpgListings directory:

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Navigate to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\eHome\Packages one by one.
  3. Locate EpgListings
  4. Click to rename it.

In addition to those solutions, you could also try updating your drivers to the latest version and removing the problematic applications as I have mentioned in the beginning.

If all those methods failed, please don’t worry, you still have a trump card – upgrading your system to the latest version.

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