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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  1. Keith

    I completely understand both methods described above for trying to fix the spinning Windows 7 Media Center Gadget cursor. I tried the second method, following the instructions exactly. But I still have the spinning cursor on my gadget and it’s inop. I tried the first method, but when I click on the wrench icon to bring up the properties window, the properties window only show part of the info I know should be there. It shows only the left hand side of the window – 3 pull-down selection boxes containing a “6”, a “6” and a “10”. There are check boxes (both checked) to the left of the two pull-down boxes with “6” in them. There is nothing else showing in this window and the only field it will allow me to change is the “10” box (Choices are 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, or 60). I can not uncheck either of the check boxes, nor change either of the pull-down menues with “6” in them. It appears as though this gadget is currupt or something and I’m at a loss. This gadget was on here since I bought this computer about 8 months ago and up until about a week or two ago it worked fine. I didn’t change anything on it, but one day I looked up and noticed the spinning gadget cursor. Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated.

  2. Wellary

    Fix 1 assumes that one can access” new tv recording”. Though fix 2 does not, it must be presumed that the same behavior is occurring and that one is able to access the “new tv recording” . I tried the fix and it did no work but hen I can not access new tv recordings. There are two greyed out options in the Options tab and one with the drop down 10-60 list functioning. The problem in this case is not the database.The same behavior described in the article at least on my Windows 7 computer is tied to on of some 500 .com regisitry errors detected by System Mechanic. When system Mechanic is allowed to repair these errors this causes the problem with the Windows Media Center gadget and a bigger problem with Mcafee Firewall Options. Allowing System Mechanic to fix the registry errors and then reinstalling Mcafee after the fix prevents the firewall problem from reoccurring but the problem with Windows Media Center remains. Another fix is required when no database is viewable through the options tab.

  3. Wellary

    We seem to have the same problem but no fix- see comment

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