Solved: The case of the spinning Windows 7 Media Center Gadget cursor

No, this is not a title of a Perry Mason novel, but an issue some may face when using the Windows 7 Media Center gadget to list recorded content in the Recorded TV folder.

In such a scenario, the gadget may display a spinning cursor and appear non-functional.  Once in this state, the behavior persists across reboots and re-launching of the gadget with no apparent workaround.

There are two methods that can be used to work around this issue and restore functionality to the Windows Media Center gadget:

Method 1:

  1. Open the Windows Media Center gadget.
  2. Hover the mouse cursor over the gadget and then click on the wrench icon to the right to being up the Properties window.
  3. Unselect the option “New TV recordings”.
  4. Click on the OK button.

You should now be able to use the Media Center gadget for other functions such as Music, Pictures and Internet TV. However, you will no longer be able to use it for browsing Recorded TV content.

Method 2:

  1. Exit the Windows Media Center application as well as the Media Center gadget.
  2. Open Windows Explorer and navigate to the \ProgramData\Microsoft\eHome\ folder.  Note that by default, the ProgramData folder is hidden and you may need to unhide it.  This can be done in Explorer through Organize->Folder and search options, selecting the View tab, and choosing the option Show hidden files, folders, and drives.
  3. Rename the file mcepg2-0.db to mcepg2-0.dbx.  If there are other files in the folder with the same *.db extension, also rename those.
  4. Launch the Windows Media Center gadget and verify that the spinning cursor no longer appears and that you are able to list Recorded TV content.
  5. Launch the Windows Media Center application and reconfigure Media Center for scheduled recordings, series settings, custom channel lineups, etc.

Should help!

Sourced from KB2400410.

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