Note: This behavior does not affect being able to view Recorded TV content in the Windows Media Center application.
1) Open the Windows Media Center gadget.
2) Hover the mouse cursor over the gadget and then click on the wrench icon to the right to being up the Properties window.
3) Unselect the option “New TV recordings”.
4) Click on the OK button.
You should now be able to use the Media Center gadget for other functions such as Music, Pictures and Internet TV. However, you will no longer be able to use it for browsing Recorded TV content.
WARNING:Performing the steps below will delete any custom configurations you have in Media Center, including scheduled recordings, series, custom channel configurations, as well as any settings that you may have manually configured.
1) Exit the Windows Media Center application as well as the Media Center gadget.
2) Open Windows Explorer and navigate to the \ProgramData\Microsoft\eHome\ folder. Note that by default, the ProgramData folder is hidden and you may need to unhide it. This can be done in Explorer through Organize->Folder and search options, selecting the View tab, and choosing the option Show hidden files, folders, and drives.
3) Rename the file mcepg2-0.db to mcepg2-0.dbx. If there are other files in the folder with the same *.db extension, also rename those.
4) Launch the Windows Media Center gadget and verify that the spinning cursor no longer appears and that you are able to list Recorded TV content.
5) Launch the Windows Media Center application and reconfigure Media Center for scheduled recordings, series settings, custom channel lineups, etc.
Article ID: 2400410 - Last Review: Oct 13, 2010 - Revision: 1