Problem with replacement Microsoft Media Center IR remote setup

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Problem with replacement Microsoft Media Center IR remote setup

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Post by pbcopter » Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:17 pm

I have Windows Media Center (WMC) working normally in Windows 8.1 complete with the Microsoft IR remote model 1040 able to tune a set top cable box via IR emitters.

My brother asked to borrow the remote setup and I said OK. I said I would get another.
I subsequently bought a new replacement model 1040 on Ebay.

I plugged it in and although it could change channels, volume, etc., it is unable to tune the set top cable box since the IR emitters appeared not to work.
At first I thought that I had received a bad device from the Ebay seller but as a last resort, I did a complete re-setup of WMC and all appeared to work normally again.

Sounds like a happy ending BUT I have over 100 manually added channels and I really hate to re-enter them again.

I tried uninstalling the IR remote from the device manager and letting the system reinstall it again but no luck.
The only way I was able to get it working was a complete re setup of WMC.

My question is, What does WMC see differently with a new remote setup that prevents the IR emitters from working until a re setup is made?
It there a setting some where in the Registry, etc. that can be changed to allow the replacement remote setup to work?

I find it hard to believe that Microsoft would require a re-setup for just a hardware replacement.

Thank you for any suggestions.

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