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Media centre locked drive - can't access itunes

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by vfwfw, Jan 2, 2011.

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  1. vfwfw

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    After installing Media Centre I no cannot run itunes (getting an error saying that itunes is on a locked disk), settings cannot be saved for Chrome, I can't install programs (error 5: cannot access disk),and various other problems relating to the drive being locked. This has only happened since I setup Media Centre, and now I can't uninstall it. Any suggestions?
     
  2. daz1

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    try system restore first
     
  3. vfwfw

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    Thanks daz1 but I have tried a few restore points and even if I go back several weeks (and restore points) prior I keep having similar issues. Some of the issues disappear (such as I am now able to install software)m however iTunes still won't work, and Chrome still won't save settings (ie. browsing history is not saved).
     
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    What Media Centre?

    What disk is locked--the C: "drive" on which Windows is installed, or a flash drive, or external hard drive?
     
  6. vfwfw

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    I was trying to setup Windows Media Centre. Still having issues with it, but that's taken a back seat (maybe permanently) until I get this issue sorted.

    The error messages don't actually say which disk, however it must be the C: Drive given that some of the errors refer to saved settings (such as Internet history).
     
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    You've mentioned 3 different programs that are completely independent: Windows Media Center, iTunes, and Chrome.

    Are you getting errors with all 3? The same error? What error? It sounds like you probably have a hard drive problem.
     
  8. vfwfw

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    Yes, there are actually more than the 3 programs I mentioned here that have similar issues. As I said in my original post, since installing Windows Media Centre, I have been getting similar problems with various programs, all referring to access issues with a 'locked drive'. It appears that Media Centre has somehow restricted access to my C: drive in some way that several, but not all, programs are having issues with. Either not being able to run at all (in the case of iTunes), or not being able to save settings (such as Chrome which can't save browser history).
     
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    I'm curious about "installing Windows Media Centre." It is bundled with Windows 7 and is enabled by default.
     
  10. vfwfw

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    Probably the wrong the terminology. What I was doing was setting it up, to access it through my X-box. Even though it is bundled with Windows 7 you still have to go through a setup process when you use it for the first time, and it was right after this process that I started having the problems.
     
  11. TerryNet

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    Thanks; I understand now. Maybe if you disabled Windows Media Centre it would undo the lock if that is what the cause was? Of course, when you re-enable it you may have to do the setup again.
     
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