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Can't get Media Center from updating itself

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    Can't get Media Center from updating itself


    Every day & every night, this laptop is wakened out of its nap by Media Center. I've gone into Media Center / General / automatic download options and unchecked both boxes which leaves the timers greyed out.
    This morning, sure enough, Media Center was still doing its thing. I find what's waking the system of course by going to Command Prompt and typing "powercfg -lastwake" - and the culprit is Media Center.

    I've pulled out three gray hairs already during this episode, so before I get to the sixth, can someone show me how to get Media Center from waking up this laptop. I mean, computers need sleep too.
    Thanks!

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    Hello Glooscap,

    Double check using the tutorial below to see if the Media Center mcupdate and mcupdate_scheduled tasks may still be set to waking the computer.

    Windows Media Center Updates - Enable or Disable Waking Computer - Windows 7 Forums

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Brink, I've gone into the Task Scheduler (it appears a bit different in Windows 8) but I think I've managed in essence to do what you're saying (I think).
    I've disabled mcupdate & the mcupdate scheduled. Tell me if I'm close to what you're saying - also, we'll see if this laptop wakes up from its nap tonight. Thanks for your instruction.
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    Disabling them will also do the trick, but Media Center will also never update now.

    Were you able to open the "Conditions" tab for those tasks to uncheck the Wake the computer to run this task box instead?
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    I can get to Conditions but I do not see anything that says "Wake the Computer" ...
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    Please go ahead and post a screenshot of this to see what the issue may be.
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    Click image for larger version
    Not sure if you'll be able to see this - let me know. Also, I might add, that everything under Conditions is as it were greyed out. I cannot uncheck or check anything in this.
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    Ok - I got it Brink. I enabled what I previously disabled and double clicked on the mcupdate and brought up another window, went to the Conditions tab and unchecked the Wake up computer. That should do the trick!
    Thanks again for your help!
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    You're most welcome. Please let us know how it goes.
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    I'll do that Brink - thanks!
    Last edited by Gloosecap; 03 Feb 2013 at 02:13.
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