How can I disable Windows Media Center autostart on Windows 7?

Glenn Kinkade September 3, 2010

I am running Windows 7 Professional. When I start the computer the initial desktop is Windows Media Center. How do I prevent Windows Media Center from auto starting. I am using VLC for music files.

  1. Ardian Permana Bekti
    January 22, 2012 at 9:49 am

    all existing programs on my computer when opened that arises iswindows media center, I've tried in the same way but still can not.What should I do?

    • Tina
      January 22, 2012 at 11:52 am


      this is a different question. It seems like your shortcut (LNK) files have been associated with Windows Media Center. To fix this, you need to run a registry fix. You can download the fix here (ZIP file):

      See first reply to this question: How can I change or fix .lnk file associations on Windows 7?

  2. Ursziakhan
    May 12, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    i ahve same probelm kindly giude me...when i open skype it opens with window media centre..all program when i wana open it comes window media centre..i tried the same method but i dont know how to disable it

    • Tina
      May 12, 2011 at 9:56 pm


      I recommend that you post a new question. Please click the Ask a Question button, fill in the question form and submit it. Thank you!

  3. Tina
    September 4, 2010 at 12:06 am


    You can disable the auto start in Media Center. Open Media Center, then go to > Tasks > Settings > General > Startup and Windows Behavior and uncheck > Start Windows Media Center when Windows starts.

    Alternatively, you can go to > Start and type > msconfig into the search field, hit > Enter. The > System Configuration will open. Switch to the > Services tab and uncheck Windows Media Center.

    Please let us know whether this answer solved your question. Thank you!

    • Glenn Kinkade
      September 4, 2010 at 3:13 pm


      I tried the first method. Voila, no more Windows Media Center when Windows starts.


      • Tina
        September 4, 2010 at 4:49 pm

        I don't know why you would call me Lisa, but you do sound like my Mom or Dad. They also call me by my sister's name. Very strange of you! lol

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