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Windows 7 Media Center: Necessary component did not start properly


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jespo91

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I have not used this in a long time. When i opened it tonight and wanted to add new libraries and change some things, when i would go to the media library, click on MUSIC (or anything else) the following Error pops up

A necessary component of Windows Media Center did not start properly. Restart Windows Media Center.

I restarted and the same thing happens.

I uninstalled it and re-installed it and the same thing happens.

I ran system file checker and it found nothing.

I did see through a search about a fix from Microsoft but when i did that it told me it doesnt apply to my computer.

So i am out of ideas. Any help would be appreciated.

Thank You.
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Hi jespo91,

There's a possibility that the Library in Windows Media Center is corrupt.

Please try the following steps:

a. Click Start, type %systemdrive%\programdata\microsoft\ehome in the Start search box and hit Enter.

b. Right-click the mediacenterdatastore.db file and Delete.

c. Restart Windows Media Center.

Note: Windows Media Player automatically rebuilds the database.

Found in the following link under Step 1.:

A necessary component of windows media center did not start properly, restart windows media center.

Let me know if this helps at all.

Donna :)
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I forgot to mention that was one step i saw and tried. When i type it in and hit enter it takes me to a folder simply name eHome.

The .db file you mentioned i cannot find anywhere.
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Do you know if the following update was installed at one time or another? It was released in June of 2010. If not, try installing again.

Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows 7 (KB981078)

Let me know.

I'll look around for more information that may help in the meantime......just in case.

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i tried that too and it gives me a message

The Update is not applicable to your computer.

I did look around a lot and tried things before i came and asked here.

I have no idea what it is.
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I was hoping you wouldn't get that message. :)

I'm assuming that you have WMP12. If not let me know.

Here's a few more links that I found that may be able to help us. They are dated pre-Service Pack 1 for Win7. Have you installed SP1 yet?

Let's see if you've tried these:


How-To Rebuild Your Windows Media Player 12 Library

You frequently experience a music library issue when you access the music library in Windows Media Center or in Windows Media Center Extender
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