Introducing EPG123

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Re: Introducing EPG123

Post#1381 » Tue Dec 20, 2016 3:35 am

Question:

If I go into Task Scheduler and 'Disable' both "mcupdate" entries, wouldn't that stop WMC from downloading Rovi everyday?

I'm using EPG123 now (LOVE IT), but didn't do the clean start, still afraid of messing things up. I will eventually do it, but not yet.
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Post#1382 » Tue Dec 20, 2016 4:34 am

I recall at least one of the runs runs the client maintenance weekly, which cleans the database, disabling that isn't a great idea...
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Post#1383 » Sat Jan 07, 2017 10:42 pm

Gary, since you have such a good handle on how WMC works, you should come up with a program to backup recording schedules and channel selections. I know that there are a couple out there (like Sean's WMC Backup) but they really don't work well at all. Just a thought..... :thumbup:
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Post#1384 » Sun Jan 08, 2017 6:24 pm

romperroom wrote:Gary, since you have such a good handle on how WMC works, you should come up with a program to backup recording schedules and channel selections. I know that there are a couple out there (like Sean's WMC Backup) but they really don't work well at all. Just a thought..... :thumbup:


I second this request. After losing my TV guide data, the most frustrating part of 7mc is when I have to re-enter my whole recording schedule (usually after I've been "mcup-chucked"). It's really frustrating because I always want my recurrings to be "save last episodes" and that isn't offered as default. So I can't just doubleclick on a show in the guide, have to edit the series details.

Would love to be able to save my recording schedule, and if possible import that schedule into a new system. My 7mc's tend to break :(
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Post#1385 » Mon Jan 09, 2017 4:37 am

jonwz wrote:
romperroom wrote:Gary, since you have such a good handle on how WMC works, you should come up with a program to backup recording schedules and channel selections. I know that there are a couple out there (like Sean's WMC Backup) but they really don't work well at all. Just a thought..... :thumbup:


I second this request. After losing my TV guide data, the most frustrating part of 7mc is when I have to re-enter my whole recording schedule (usually after I've been "mcup-chucked"). It's really frustrating because I always want my recurrings to be "save last episodes" and that isn't offered as default. So I can't just doubleclick on a show in the guide, have to edit the series details.

Would love to be able to save my recording schedule, and if possible import that schedule into a new system. My 7mc's tend to break :(

The recording schedule is actually the easiest thing to backup/restore. The tuners look to be a bit harder to ensure it works, but it may be doable. I've been looking into what it would take to basically take a "snapshot" of WMC tuner/recording to be archived for later use. Here is a manual method until I can create something.

Copy/archive the latest file from C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\eHome\mcepgX-Y\backup\recordings (X-Y is typically 2-0 for Win7 and 3-0 for win8+, but the Y can be any number based on database "recoveries"). The file has no extension, but is a simple XML file.

To restore your recordings, just run "C:\Windows\ehome\loadmxf.exe -i [archived file from above]" and your recordings will be restored. Once the guide listings have been imported and a reindex job complete, everything should look correct.

The same procedure can be used for the lineup (tuners), but this will really only work for the same machine/tuners. This is not something, I believe, that will work for multiple machines with the same file.
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Post#1386 » Fri Jan 20, 2017 12:56 am

garyan2 wrote:
jonwz wrote:
romperroom wrote:Gary, since you have such a good handle on how WMC works, you should come up with a program to backup recording schedules and channel selections. I know that there are a couple out there (like Sean's WMC Backup) but they really don't work well at all. Just a thought..... :thumbup:


I second this request. After losing my TV guide data, the most frustrating part of 7mc is when I have to re-enter my whole recording schedule (usually after I've been "mcup-chucked"). It's really frustrating because I always want my recurrings to be "save last episodes" and that isn't offered as default. So I can't just doubleclick on a show in the guide, have to edit the series details.

Would love to be able to save my recording schedule, and if possible import that schedule into a new system. My 7mc's tend to break :(

The recording schedule is actually the easiest thing to backup/restore. The tuners look to be a bit harder to ensure it works, but it may be doable. I've been looking into what it would take to basically take a "snapshot" of WMC tuner/recording to be archived for later use. Here is a manual method until I can create something.

Copy/archive the latest file from C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\eHome\mcepgX-Y\backup\recordings (X-Y is typically 2-0 for Win7 and 3-0 for win8+, but the Y can be any number based on database "recoveries"). The file has no extension, but is a simple XML file.

To restore your recordings, just run "C:\Windows\ehome\loadmxf.exe -i [archived file from above]" and your recordings will be restored. Once the guide listings have been imported and a reindex job complete, everything should look correct.

The same procedure can be used for the lineup (tuners), but this will really only work for the same machine/tuners. This is not something, I believe, that will work for multiple machines with the same file.


I did this, and thank you by the way, but the recordings in EPG123 are not scheduled to record, the series that is, and prior to the EPG123 and the nightmare of Rovi, I would use Media Center Backup and the series would load and be set to record, but it didn't work in my WMC after I installed the EPG123 program, so I don't know, it doesn't matter to me, but my wifes computer has probably 300 series and some can't be put in manually since you can only do that when they are actively running so please if you or anyone knows how to load the series and have them be set for recording, or if I am missing something, please tell me, please....
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Post#1387 » Fri Jan 20, 2017 1:09 am

Has the reindex been done? When importing the recording schedules back in, a reindex has to be performed for WMC to actually find all the series episodes in the guide listings that match with your scheduled recordings.

Something to make sure of though ... the above process will only work if going from an epg123 guide to another epg123 guide. It probably will not work for scheduled recordings from WMC/Rovi since the series IDs are different. This would be true if using Sean's WMC Backup as well.
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Post#1388 » Fri Jan 20, 2017 1:48 am

garyan2 wrote:Has the reindex been done? When importing the recording schedules back in, a reindex has to be performed for WMC to actually find all the series episodes in the guide listings that match with your scheduled recordings.

Something to make sure of though ... the above process will only work if going from an epg123 guide to another epg123 guide. It probably will not work for scheduled recordings from WMC/Rovi since the series IDs are different. This would be true if using Sean's WMC Backup as well.


Thank you so much for the response, wow, this Rovi was a nightmare, but I think that is what MS wanted, all of us to go away, sad.. I just went to delete and rebuild the index and I will post if it works, but again, thanks for replying, I am sort of at a crossroads, I either can have my wife freak when her series are not recording because of me and the new EPG123 or stay with the Rovi and not have her recordings record because Rovi flags new shows as repeats so they won't record, just a fun time here at OK Rovi Corral...
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