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Software & Features Windows Media Center - Restore or Remove from Default Programs

Brink

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mvp
Windows Media Center - Restore or Remove from Default Programs How to Restore or Remove Windows Media Center from Default Programs
This will show you how to either restore or remove Windows Media Center from the Set Default Programs list for all users in Vista and Windows 7.
Published by Brink Category: Software & Features 
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How to Restore or Remove Windows Media Center from Default Programs
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This will show you how to either restore or remove Windows Media Center from the Set Default Programs list for all users in Vista and Windows 7.
How to Restore or Remove Windows Media Center from Default Programs

information   Information
This will show you how to either restore or remove Windows Media Center from the Set Default Programslist for all users in Vista and Windows 7.
Note   Note
The N and KN editions of Windows 7 have all the features that normally come with each individual Windows 7 edition, except for Windows Media Player 12 and related programs, such as Windows Media Center or Windows DVD Maker.

The N editions of Windows 7 allow you to choose your own media player and software required to manage and play CDs, DVDs, and other digital media files. If you choose to use Windows Media Player 12, downloading it, along with related software, is free.

EXAMPLE: Windows Media Center Restored and Removed from Set Default Programs list
WMC_Restored.jpg
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Here's How:
1. Open the Control Panel (Classic View-Vista) or (Icons view-Windows 7).​
2. Click on the Default Programs icon.​
3. Click on the Set program access and computer defaults link. (See screenshot below)​
Set_Program_Link.jpg

4. If prompted by UAC, then click on Continue (Vista) or Yes (Windows 7).​
5. Dot Custom and click on the drop down arrow to the right of it to expand Custom. (See screenshot below step 6)​
6. Scroll down to the Choose a default media player section.​
Set_Access.jpg

7. To Restore Windows Media Center to the Set Default Programs List
A) To the right of Windows Media Center, check the Enable access to this program box. (See screenshot above)​
B) Go to step 9.​

8. To Remove Windows Media Center from the Set Default Programs List
A) To the right of Windows Media Center, uncheck the Enable access to this program box. (See screenshot below step 6)​

9. Click on OK. (See screenshot below step 6)​
10. Windows Media Center will now be restored or removed from the Set Default Program list. (See examples above)​
That's it,
Shawn


 
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removing media center access

Shawn thanks for the info, i cannot seem to control when the media center opens or make it go away, it just shows up. i will give this a try, madwoman
 

Brink

Staff member
mvp
#4
Hello Zosotino, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Be sure you click on the "Classic View" link in the Control Panel to see Default Programs.

Which part exactly is not there for you though?
 
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I imagine that when deselecting "Windows Media Center", all it does is avoid loading any services that might be associated with it and not uninstall anything from your system. I had noticed there was a media center process running on my system when I had no wish to use it. I do use Media Player from time to time, though. This should run independently of Media Center, correct?
 

Brink

Staff member
mvp
#11
Hello Gary,

Deselecting "Windows Media Center" will also prevent it from being able to be run by users. It will have no affect on "Windows Media Player" unless you deselect "Windows Media Player" as well.