Solved WMC Popping Open Constantly - Other Problems

SWOFKY

New Member
I reformatted by Dell Inspiron 1721 laptop a couple of months ago and everything's been working perfectly until a Windows SP2 update automatically installed itself last week - now Windows Media center opens up constantly (very distracting); I've removed it from services and from startup, but it continues to pop open.

Also, a funny looking file menu will sometimes pop up all by itself on the top left of the screen.

And windows or programs I have open may just close themselves out by themselves.

This has all been going on for a week and is becoming very annoying. I don't use Media Player, but understand it can't be deleted. Until I chose "Don't show me this message again" there was a message every time I booted up that said something like, "Your new hardware needs to be installed." I had not attached any new hardware.

Anyone have any ideas? I really don't want the hassle of reformatting again so soon.

Thanks,
SWOFKY
 

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bruce2

Vista Pro
Hi SWOKY, welcome to the board.

The problem could caused by anything, but you can start on making sure if the problem related to the update by restore the system to the day before the update.

Post back and let us know how is going?

Bruce
 

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System One

  • CPU
    E6850
    Motherboard
    EVGA 122-CK-NF67-A1 680i
    Memory
    4 x OCZ Platinum 1GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD 5850 1GB
    Sound Card
    SB X-Fi X Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 23" 5MS
    Screen Resolution
    2048 x 1152
    Hard Drives
    2 x Barracuda 7200.10 320GB RAID 0 / 1 x 500GB Maxtor
    PSU
    Seasonic 600W M12
    Case
    CM Centurion 5
    Cooling
    air
    Internet Speed
    100Mbps

SWOFKY

New Member
Thanks so much for answering!

I'm so sorry that I forgot to mention:
The day the problem started, I used system restore back to every point the system had saved and nothing changed any time. I've since deleted all those restore points as they didn't correct the problem.

Also, I've run AVG, SuperAntispyware, MalwareBytes, and none of them found anything. Then ran the online Panda Security Scan and it found a file ending in Silent.exe that it couldn't disinfect. The filename also had AverMedia in it - - so I uninstalled Avermedia and deleted all files connected to it - - ran the Panda scan again and it found nothing suspicious.

I'm at a total loss as to what to do next. The problem is maddening.

Thanks for any further suggestions - - I'll try anything!
SWOFKY
 

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mark5019

New Member
how about posting fix?
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    lenovo
    CPU
    intel quad 2.4
    Memory
    6GB PC2-6400 DDR2 SDRAM memory
    Graphics Card(s)
    in vidieo
    Sound Card
    High Definition Audio, 8 speaker configurable
    Hard Drives
    650GB 7200RPM Serial ATA hard drive
Yes, please post your solution to your problem so that others out there that might have a similar problem can try it.
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Self built
    CPU
    AMD Athlon 64x2 6000+ 3.0ghz
    Motherboard
    Asus M4N78 Pro
    Memory
    3Gb PC2-5300 DDR2 @ 667mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    XFX Radeon HD 4770 512mb GDDR5
    Sound Card
    VIA HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dual monitors: HP W1907 LCD 19" and Gateway HD Display 19" LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900
    Hard Drives
    Barracuda 7200.10 SATA 3.0Gb/s 320 x 2-GB Hard Drive
    PSU
    Antec Earthwatts 80 plus 500 watts
    Case
    Ultra E-Torque ATX Mid tower clear side w/2 120mm fans
    Cooling
    Thermaltake MaxOrb cpu cooler w/120 mm blue led
    Mouse
    OEM HP
    Keyboard
    OEM HP
    Internet Speed
    Download 6885 kb/s upload 367 kb/s
    Other Info
    Optical: Super Muliti DVD burner w/lightscribe, Hauppauge WinTV HVR-1800

SWOFKY

New Member
Greetings. Sorry for the delay - - I got help on another forum, but sadly they couldn't fix the problem.

Incredibly, nothing can, evidently. Even finally nuked the drive yesterday with KillDisk and did a clean install of Vista, then installed drivers and security software only.

The Vista updates haven't even finished installing and the problems remain. I'm in Cyber Twilight Zone or something.

Does anyone know if anyone else on the planet has had this problem?
 

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