Originally Posted by adam1991
System Restore is your friend. Roll back to the restore point that Windows automatically created before installing all those updates.
My WMC box is dedicated to that task. I've not only turned off Windows Updates, I've also turned off the Update service itself (otherwise, "critical" updates will continue to slide in). I've learned over the years that what you describe is more typical than not, as a result of various updates.
Sadly, System Restore wasn't enough of a friend to resolve the problem. I tried three different restore points, including two that were prior to the Windows Updates, and it didn't help.
Gor a new CableCard today in case it was that which was acting up. Put it in, called Comcast to activate it, and it worked -- for about an hour and twenty minutes, then we went back to the same "Viewing or Listening Conflict" message.
I checked Event Viewer and all it says is that, at the specific moment the error occurred, handling of the tuner switched to "manual".
That "conflict" error in WMC has been coming up fairly reliably at one of three points in time: 4-5 minutes after rebooting and relaunching WMC (plus sliding the CableCard out and back in its slot); or about 20 minutes after; or about 1 hour 20 minutes after. Today with the new CableCard it stopped again at approximately the 1:20 mark.
1) Could it be the Ceton tuner that's acting up, and not the CableCard and not Windows? (Although it would be one heck of a coincidence that this started just when I installed Windows and Norton updates.)
2) If I reinstall Windows from scratch, will I lose access to the protected recordings? Presumably in order to keep the recordings at all, I'd have to copy them off the internal hard drive, then copy them back to the internal drive after the fresh Windows installation. (I did see Ken.F's reply, but want to make sure that what he said also applies to Windows reinstalls.)
Wife has started to talk about WMC in the past tense: "It was a nice experiment with its own advantages over a DVR, especially that talking double-time fast-forward, but..."