Windows Media Center doesn't run when on a Remote Desktop session

I have just setup Remote Desktop on my local server and connected to it from my laptop... whew that was a task in itself!


Server - Windows 7 Ultimate w/Media Center installed

Laptop - Windows 8 Pro w/Media Center installed


I am able to run Windows Media PLAYER on the remote desktop and it seems to work fine after I added the libraries to it.




When I run Windows Media CENTER I get a message that "Windows Media Center has stopped working... Windows is checking for a solution to the problem."  The message goes away and that's that.


Anyone got any thoughts on how I can get the WMC to run on the remote desktop?


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Last updated July 20, 2019 Views 1,202 Applies to:

Not quite sure why this would be considered an "ITPro" issue.


It is probably debateable that MS really intended for MC to be used via RDP, I am not sure that they thought the feature was used very much at all judging by what they did in Windows 8


However there are two possibilities over the cause of this. An update to the RDP client may be the culprit but it is not always a good idea to block any update.


Alternatively the following reg key


HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\WinStations\Rdp-Tcp


needs the Users group added to have read access included in its permissions. Alternatively use the Run As Administrator option when starting Media Centre.

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