Repairing Media Center System Files

One of our readers, mrmoto, has dropped us a tip on repairing your broken Media Center system files. Since we’re all about hacking Windows 7 Media Center the need to repair what has been broken is sure to come up from time to time. Hopefully, this command line application should help to get you back up fast.


  1. Click on the Start menu, choose All Programs, then Accessories, then right-click on the Command Prompt item and select Run as administrator
  2. Click Continue to authorize opening a command prompt with administrative privileges
  3. Run this command in the cmd prompt: sfc /scannow
  4. The cmd prompt should list text stating "Beginning system scan. This process will take some time."
  5. Wait for the scan to complete (this can take several minutes so be patient).  This command will scan all protected system files and attempt to replace incorrect versions with correct Microsoft versions
  6. When the scan completes, the SFC tool will indicate whether or not it found any problems and whether or not it was able to fix them
  7. If any errors are reported that SFC was unable to fix, there are steps in this knowledge base article that explain how to locate and attempt to fix the errors 
  8. After fixing any errors that are found, try to use Windows Vista Media Center again

In place of step 7 you can also use the “Take Ownership” registry fix to take control of any files that SFC is unable to fix on a first run. Simply download the registry file and install the registry entry. Then once you’ve got the “Take Ownership” fix installed, right-click the problem file and select “Take Ownership”. Then attempt to run SFC again following the steps above.

As mentioned in mrmoto’s comments these steps originally come from Aaron Stebner on MSDN blogs.

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