How to Fix Windows Media Center Errors on Windows

Many users often encounter errors while using Windows Media Center. These errors can be related to Media Center not opening, crashing, or Media Center decoder errors. Fortunately, there are several ways to fix most of these errors.

1. Computer Clean Boot

An effective way to diagnose Media Center errors is to clean boot your PC. This will effectively ensure that the error in question is not caused by third-party software.

Related: Clean Boot vs. Safe Mode: What’s the difference?Clean Boot basically boots your computer with all third-party software and services disabled. Unlike booting into Safe Mode, Windows does not have an automatic feature that will restart your computer in Clean Boot mode.

You can do it manually by following these steps:

  1. Hurry Win + R to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type msconfig and press Enter.
  3. In the System Configuration window, navigate to the Services tab.
  4. Check the Hide all Microsoft services check box.
  5. Now click on Disable all then click Apply.
  6. Close the window.
  7. Open Task Manager using the CTRL + Shift + ESC shortcut.
  8. Go to the start and select each program from the list, then click Disable. You will have to do it one by one.
  9. Click Apply and close Task Manager.
  10. Restart your computer.


When your computer restarts, check if the Media Center error persists. If resolved, it is most likely due to interference from a third-party program. In this case, you will have to activate each program one by one to find the culprit.

2. Update your drivers

Outdated or faulty drivers often cause Windows errors, including Media Center errors. Thus, it is always best to ensure that you have the latest drivers on your system.

In the event of a Windows Media Center error, it may help to update the display driver to the latest version. Yes

You can do this using Device Manager:

  1. Right-click on the Start button and click Device Manager. Alternatively, you can simply search for Device Manager using the Start menu search bar.
  2. Scroll down and expand it Display section.
  3. Right click on the display driver and choose Update Driver.
  4. Now click on the Automatically search for drivers option.
  5. Wait for Windows to download and install the latest drivers, then restart your computer.


Ideally, you should update all major drivers using Device Manager when you encounter Windows Media Center errors. Many of these major driver updates are automatically downloaded by Windows Update. If you don’t prefer to use Device Manager, you can also use these free driver updates that will make your job much easier.

3. Make sure Windows is updated

It’s always good practice to keep your Windows operating system up to date. Microsoft releases updates fairly regularly and it’s easy to get a backlog of updates, especially if you’re using a metered connection. However, you can manually check for updates and Windows will download and install them automatically.

Here’s how to check for Windows updates on your computer:

  1. In the Start menu search bar, type Windows Update and click Windows Update Settings.
  2. Now click on the Check for updates button.
  3. If there are updates, schedule a time for Windows to restart and install them.

Related: How to Find Out Every Latest Thing About Windows Update After Windows update, check if the Windows Media Center error is still there. Most likely it will be resolved.

4. Run CHKDSK on your computer

The CHKDSK utility helps you find and fix hard drive problems on your computer. A faulty hard drive (HDD) can also cause Windows Media Center errors. You can CHKDSK using the command prompt (CMD):

  1. Type ordered in the Windows Start menu search bar.
  2. Right click on Command prompt > Run as administrator.
  3. In the cmd console, type chkdsk /fX:, replacing X with the partition you want to scan. For example, if you want to scan the C: drive, you would type chkdsk /f C:.
  4. Wait for the scan to complete, then restart your computer.

The CHKDSK scan will automatically fix any errors it finds. It should fix the Windows Media Center error if it was due to a problem on the hard drive. If the error reappears, move on to the next solutions listed below.


5. Rename the EpgListings directory

Many users have fixed the Media Center error by renaming the EpgListings directory. To do this, simply follow the steps below:

  1. Open Windows Explorer using Win + E.
  2. Move towards C:ProgramDataMicrosofteHomePackages. You can simply copy the directory path and paste it into the Windows Explorer address bar.
  3. search now EpgLists and rename it.
  4. Open Windows Media Center to see if you still get the error.

6. Use System Restore

As a last resort, you can use System Restore to restore your computer to an earlier state. This will erase all data and apps that were added after the restore point was created. Therefore, back up all your important data before proceeding.

Here’s how you can use System Restore:

  1. In the Start menu search bar, type system Restauration.
  2. Select the Create a restore point option from the search results.
  3. Now click on System Restauration.
  4. In the System Restore Wizard, click Next.
  5. Select a restore point from the list and click Next.
  6. Check everything and click Finish.

Restarting your computer and restoring it to an earlier state may take some time. This should fix the error, provided you chose a restore point before the Media Center error appeared. While it’s unlikely that you’ll run into a problem while using System Restore, here are some tips and fixes in case System Restore doesn’t work.

As it is obvious, there are many fixes for Windows Media Center error. Although most of the fixes are quite simple for the average user to follow, always read the steps carefully before performing them. Also, it is important to know some tips that will help you fix this problem and other common Windows errors in the future.

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