[DISCUSSION] Patch WMC to run on Windows 10 final & possible alternatives

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by ricktendo64, May 8, 2015.

  1. HKindler

    HKindler MDL Novice

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    Ok, the computer didn’t wake up.:mad:
    What else could I try?
     
  2. technodevotee

    technodevotee MDL Member

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    @Kévin Chalet, is this 'homemediasharing' feature something that was added in a certain version or does it work on any version?
     
  3. Kévin Chalet

    Kévin Chalet MDL Novice

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    It's definitely not new and should work even on Windows 7 and 8.1 (with the built-in version of WMC I mean).
     
  4. technodevotee

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    Have you checked that wake timers are enabled in power options?

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    If they are, the only thing I can suggest is to uninstall and reinstall.
     
  5. HKindler

    HKindler MDL Novice

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    #9625 HKindler, Sep 4, 2019
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    Hi technodevotee,

    this was set to “only important wake timer”. Noe I set it to “enable”.
    I will check if it works now as soon as possible. My wife is watching TV now. So i’m Not allowed to switch it to standby right now, ;)

    Thank you so much for your help!

    Edit: I could convince my wife that it’s important to switch to standby if she wants to have her favorite tv-series recorded. So I could test it. AND IT WORKS!
    Once again: you are my hero!
     
  6. technodevotee

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    @HKindler,

    glad it is working.

    P.S.
    Someone mentioned a German Windows Media Center website a while back but I couldn't find it. Any idea what it is called?
     
  7. technodevotee

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    #9627 technodevotee, Sep 4, 2019
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    I can't get it to work either. It seems to scan the PC with the shared folder but when I click on 'shared' is says there's nothing in there.

    If I go the other route and connect to the same shared folder, everything appears in the same place as local 'Recorded TV'.

    Does it rely on something that I'm not using?
     
  8. Kévin Chalet

    Kévin Chalet MDL Novice

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    Nope. Just note it takes time (specially if you have many files). Take a look at the process manager to confirm the ehshell.exe process uses some bandwidth.
     
  9. technodevotee

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    yes it did for at least ten minutes then - hold the phone, they've just appeared!

    That's great TVM!
     
  10. Gareth North

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    Hi Kevin

    I have got it to work! Kind of never really noticed that shared option above there in Recorded TV it shows all my shows now via this shared way there is a slight delay but not too bad though! Its nice having the ability to grab a file recorded on one client machine and copy it to the local hard drive of another client machine that's kinda Cool!

    Can you confirm though that if you are recording a show on one machine you fully get the metadata of a show come through while its recording when viewing the shared folder from another machine shared this way as currently its the same as the watched folders way and doesn't show the meta data. As I was under the assumption that it would!

    Gareth North
     
  11. HKindler

    HKindler MDL Novice

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    Yes, I know that one. Thanks for the hint.
     
  12. technodevotee

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    You aren't kidding. It also seems to have scan the folder every time you start WMC before anything appears. The other thing is that it seems to cause WMC to hang or crash if you try to reconfigure things while it is doing it.

    Yesterday, I set up the entry in the registry on my spare PC and eventually, the stuff on my server appeared when clicking the shared tab. I shut down WMC and left it overnight and this morning there was nothing in there again but I could see that ehshell was busy scanning the server.

    I tried scanning a new transponder on a satellite but WMC restarted every time I tried it so I shutdown the PC and plugged in another Tuner, started up, stopped all the services and deleted the programdata\ehome folder. Then I started up WMC and tried to configure TV but every time I did, it got so far and then hung with the whirling circle.

    I deleted the registry key and WMC let me set up TV with no problem.
     
  13. Kévin Chalet

    Kévin Chalet MDL Novice

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    Yep, that's how it works (and how it has always worked):

    I've been using this feature for almost 10 years now (since WMC for Windows 7 was released) and I've never had any issue with it (a.k.a "it works on my machine").

    Anyway, if you don't like it or can't make it work reasonably well, you can still use the WatchedFolders option, that caches remote shows in the local eHome database.
     
  14. technodevotee

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    I missed the part in your post about it scanning every time you start WMC, otherwise I probably wouldn't have bothered with it.

    It seems like a good idea but it doesn't really work for me - there's too many issues with it.

    Thanks for sharing the info with us anyway.
     
  15. Cali4niaWK

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  16. technodevotee

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    #9640 technodevotee, Sep 6, 2019
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    I've been doing a bit more experimenting with DVBLink on 1903 by reversing the roles of my two testbed PCs to get another trial period.

    I put the latest versions of MSVidCtl and CPFilters DLLs in Windows\system32 and removed EncDec then installed WMC V13 and the DVBLink client.

    I was able to configure the virtual tuners and find the TV services on the server but when I went to play Live TV, I got the tuner conflict message so I used my WMC_Multi_Tool to roll back MSVidCtl in system32 and it crashed out as soon as it started playing instead. Once I rolled back CPFilters it works fine. None of that is to do with DVBLink of course, is to do with WMC vs Windows updates.

    So, I can confirm @Gareth North's observation that DVBLink doesn't seem to care about whether EncDec exists.

    As far as I can tell, it would be exactly the same with 8.8.1 but once you get beyond that, the picture isn't so clear because each version introduces more and more unknowns into the equation as far as DVBLink is concerned.

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    I've now tried all the versions (again) and no matter what I do, the only ones that allow you to select a programme from the guide are V13 and V8.8.1.

    I've tried removing the manifest, replacing the DLLs in ehome and/or system32 and nothing after 8.8.1 works unless you swap out ehshell.exe from either of the ones that do work.

    Following on from tests, I feel it is actually hard to tell whether any of this is relevant to getting DVBLink to work or whether just getting WMC working is enough.

    What is clear is that something that changed in ehshell.exe 'breaks' DVBLink and IMHO, until that something can be determined and rectified, surely the easiest thing to do is to continue using V13 or V8.8.1 and apply the workarounds needed to keep it running.