Windows Media Center is apparently corrupted. It is opening when it isn't supposed to, even when I try to open Google or Internet Explorer or other programs. And I can't install new programs or reinstall programs I had before this problem began about 2 months ago. I'm at my wits end and am ready to either throw my HP Pavilion dv7 notebook (or myself) our 3rd story window. Calling HP did no good, as they wanted at least $250 and for me to send it in to them to fix, since the notebook is two years old and no longer under warranty. I have tried everything I know (including going to Programs and Features and attempting to uncheck features - but Windows Media Center or Player isn't there!) and have looked online everywhere I can think of, so I am way beyond frustrated. I used to be able to do things like this on both Windows XP and Vista. Are they making computers where users can NOT fix things these days so they have to either pay extra or buy a replacement instead? I love my notebook and don't want to lose it forever, but I can't take it any more. PLEASE help me!
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rgdll01, Thank you so much for answering! I hope I can figure out how to do the things you sent in the URL. I forgot to mention a couple of other things: my administrative account "disappeared," too, so I'm having a heck of a time doing administrative functions. It'll let me do some of them by signing in with the administrative password, but other things, it won't. I even tried to do a system restore back when the problem first started - first to an earlier date and then to factory settings, but it wouldn't even let me do that. Again, thank you for your response and for replying so soon. I really appreciate it and will try to figure it out. Keeping my fingers crossed that it works!