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Given the number of people that I have heard from who have been having trouble getting guide download functionality to work correctly with their ISP (particularly the Direcway satellite internet provider), I thought it might be useful to post some steps that can be used to transfer downloaded guide data from one Media Center PC to another.
First, you will need to copy all of the values from the following registry hive from a machine that has downloaded guide data to the one you want to transfer it to:
This only needs to be done once, and can be achieved using the following steps:
Note that the source computer and the destination computer must have the same directory structure and system drive (meaning the OS is installed on the same drive letter and the Documents and Settings and Windows folders are all in the same path on both computers, etc)
After you have performed this one-time transfer of the registry settings listed above, you will need to perform the following additional steps each time you want to transfer the guide data to the destination computer:
Note that you will need to repeat this second set of steps at least once every 2 weeks if you want to continue to have valid guide data on the destination computer.
Thank you for sending me this. I got my guide downloaded a different way today by copying the ehome directory from the working PC to the non-working PC:
2. Uninstall WMC
a. click start button
in search box type taskschd.msc
after task scheduler opens
In the left tree expand Task Scheduler Library, Microsoft, Windows
click on Media Center folder to highlight it
In the upper window of the center section scroll through the activities under the Name column.
right-click ObjectStoreRecoveryTask, and click Run
Let this run for a minute or two
c. Uninstall Windows Media Center by going to Control Panel => Programs and Features => Turn Windows features on and off => Media Features => uncheck Windows Media Center => Yes => OK => Restart
3. Go to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft, erase/delete ehome directory
4. Copy working ehome directory from another Win 7 computer or from a download to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft
a. Here in lies the problem. If you do not have your own working Windows Media Center PC, we need someone with the capability (perhaps Microsoft) to provide a download of a working ehome directory that has been build with a Rovi guide.
6. Set up TV Signal
a. Start WMC
b. Go to Settings/General/WMC Setup/Setup TV Signal
c. Use a verified ZIP code
d. You may get the dreaded DOWNLOAD FAILURE error. I did.
e. Click OK. The click back and try again. It worked the second time for me.
f. Proceed with TV Signal set up as usual