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Save Media Center recording schedules

Updated on February 14, 2008

Don't miss a recording because of a re-configuration

One of the most frustrating things about Windows Media Centre (or Windows Media Center for those who like to spell things the other way) is that if you have to make any significant change to the tuners, channels or setup you lose your carefully crafted list of scheduled recordings

Well, it doesn't have to be that way any more [Now updated with Vista information]

Fire up the normal Windows interface and on Winxp have a look In C:\Documents And Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\eHome\Recording or in Vista check in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\eHome\Recording\ where you should find a file called Recordings.xml.

This file contains your recording history as well as all your series scheduled recordings.

Before you rescan for services, navigate to this folder and create a back up of this file.

When you have rescanned, changed the channel order and allocated guide listings to channels, delete the current Recordings.xml (you may need to stop the Media Center interface first) and replace it with the one you have backed up.

Provided you have put all your channels in the same order as before the rescan and not changed channel names, etc, all your scheduled recordings will be restored.

It can certainly help to maintain harmony in the home, especially between seasons when you might forget and fail to record the first episode of the new drama...

Vista users check the mceBackup utility for a simple backup/restore solution.

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      Dan 

      8 years ago

      <p style="font-weight:bold">There may be hope!

      I found a program, mcBackup that can do this, and there's versions for Vista and Windows 7. The Windows 7 version is in beta at this time, but it looks promising. There are options to backup the channel listings, recording schedules, recorded shows, and even an additional folder if desired. It installs a service if you want to schedule automatic backups of the defined data:

      mcBackup - Backup Windows Media Center .

      URL: http://madeformediacenter.com/m4mc/app.aspx?id=f57...

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      OffBeatMammal 

      10 years ago from Redmond

      Now updated with Vista information

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      Claus Hilmar Madsen 

      10 years ago

      Where is it located in Vista?

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      Kayden 

      11 years ago

      think you can update this for Vista Media Center?

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      BrissieBoy 

      11 years ago

      Dude,Can you post the configuration of your media PC? What cards/cpu etc

      Much appreciated

      BrissieBoy

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