MTAwMFgxMDAw/z/PzwAAOSwa~BYPbPa/$_3.jpg' alt='Media Center Remote Control Driver Windows 7' title='Media Center Remote Control Driver Windows 7' />Workaround for no television guide available in Windows Media Center after July 2. I have been a Windows Media Center user for a while as can be easily seen from the variety of blog posts which I have written on this topic as shown below Whats the issue Recently I found that no programs were scheduled for recording on my Media PC. This is pretty much unheard of in my household so this started ringing some alarm bells. With some debugging I found that the television guide was not updating correctly for my over antenna signals. The issue was easy to see when opening the guide which looked a lot like the screenshot below. From this article http www. Media Center Remote Control Driver Windows 7' title='Media Center Remote Control Driver Windows 7' />Electronic Program Guide EPG data was converted from Zap. It to Rovi. This conversion appears to have been the cause of having no television guide information available in Windows Media Center after July 2. I went through a variety of debug steps which did not resolve the issue. These included Re downloading the guide. I/41gqzwkyDZL.jpg' alt='Media Center Remote Control Driver Windows 7' title='Media Center Remote Control Driver Windows 7' />Testing different DNS servers google on 8. Testing configuration of a host file on the media pc 6. Re running the media center setup to reconfigure the television signal. Re configuring the television signal. Repair of the media center through the tasks available Media. Center. Recovery. Task and Object. Store. Recovery. TaskI recommend avoiding the tasks above if you media center system is currently working but is just missing the guide data. Setting up your TV tuner in Windows 7 Media Center. Prince The Very Best Of Prince Zip here. Here is a screen by screen view of the setup of Windows Media Center. It was based on the WinTVHVR1600, but the. I have been a Windows Media Center user for a while as can be easily seen from the variety of blog posts which I have written on this topic as shown below. I found an existing discussion on this topic at https connect. FeedbackDetails1. From discussions on this thread and recommendations from ewtaylo. I was able to put together a workaround which works for my system and from feedback Ive received in twitter it appears to be working on other systems. This blog post will provide the steps that I used for this workaround and suggestions for this issue going forward. Workaround Details The steps which I took to work around this issue are as follows Remove the media center feature note, this is only required if you cannot successfully re run the TV tuner setup in Windows Media Center and reboot system. Re add the media center feature. Re run the tv tuner setup trying other local zip codes. The key on this was to start with the closest ones to your existing zip code and radiating outward see http zipmap. Texas. htm for an example of a website which shows this type of information. Since this is a guide for over the area transmissions, zip codes which are close by should be sufficient. You can put in your own zip code and find others around you. As an example if you live in Houston UPDATE I have gathered all of the valid zip code information which Ive been able to find online and combined it at https onedrive. E0. 95. 79. CA8. AEAC02. A failure to get data for the zip code you entered will show up with an error like the one shown below. Do not continue past this step, go back and try another local zip code. To determine if the zip code you entered is working refer to the underlying log file available in c programdatamicrosoftehomelogsFirst. Run. log. A sample failure from the logfile is shown below lt Enter. Zip t1. 8 4. 4 4. Postal. CodeYOURZIPCODE lt Navigate. 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Updates t1. 8 5. Download result for package Client. Update Downloadedlt Download. Updates lt Download. Updates t1. 8 5. Download result for package Epg. Lineups Downloadedlt Download. Updates lt Lineups t1. Lineup t1. 8 5. TypesCABd alt. Lineup. TypesCAB ISDBc DVBc AT amp T U verse Dallas Digitallt Lineup lt Lineup t1. TypesCAB alt. Lineup. TypesCABd ISDBc DVBc AT amp T U verse Dallas Standard Cablelt Lineup lt Lineup t1. TypesATSC alt. Lineup. TypesQAM Dallas Ft. Worth OTA Antennalt Lineup Once I found a working zip code the media center application continued with TV signal detection. After completing the setup the guide listings message indicating a successful update appeared a few minutes later. A successful update to the guide was able to be show that the data was successfully being gathered from Rovi as shown below. And a successfully populated guide is the final step in validating that the new guide is now functioning correctly. Reference links Summary In my environment I was able to work around the issue by trying a variety of local zip codes until one of them would populate the television guide data correctly. Suggestions For Microsoft on this issue going forward its critical to the user community that the guide data is available for all locations. In the interim, having a list of acceptable zip codes would be a huge assistance for other people in the community who are running into this issue. UPDATE 73. 02. If the instructions above do not work for you, see the comments from Marcus and Willow below for a second approach which is reporting success. A subset of their comments are listed below and were provided by a forum on The. Green. Button http www. Make sure to close WMCA Modify Host File Click Start All Programs Accessories. Right click Notepad and select Run as administrator. Click Continue on the Windows needs your permission UAC window. When Notepad opens, click File Open. In the File name field, type C WindowsSystem. Driversetchosts. Click Open. Replace the IP address at the bottom of file with 6. Click File Save to save your changes. B CLEAN GUIDE DOWNLOAD AND ASSIGNMENT By Wyldwof Close WMC Open Task Scheduler Control Panel, System and Security, Administrative Tools, Schedule Tasks In the left tree expand Task Scheduler Library, Microsoft, Windows, Media Center In the right pane under name, right click Object. Store. Recovery. Task, and click Run let it run for 2 mins Close Task Scheduler. C DNS FLUSH Click Start. Select Programs. Select Accessories and locate the Command Prompt shortcut. Right click the Command Prompt shortcut and select Run as Administrator from the drop down menu. Type ipconfig release in the command prompt. Wait a few seconds for a reply that the IP address has been released. Type ipconfig renew in the command prompt. Wait a few seconds for a reply that the IP address has been re established. Type ipconfig flushdns in the command prompt. Close the command prompt and reboot computer.