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I use Windows Media Center and the other day the icon disappeared from my desktop. I clicked the start menu, where it has always been listed at the top (Windows 7), and it wasn't there. I searched the whole drive for "Windows Media Center" and nothing came up.

So how do I get the shortcut back? The only way to launch WMC, as I know of, is to go into the recorded tv folder and launch a show or use my WMC remote.

I'm on Windows 7 and my OS is installed on a 120gb ssd.

asked Dec 16 '12 at 19:09

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edited Dec 17 '12 at 18:14

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Fogarty ♦♦

Right click on your desktop and select "Create Shortcut" and then do as this picture shows with the directory:

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This will launch Windows Media Center. The reason it didn't show in search is that it is not titled Windows Media Center in the title.

answered Dec 17 '12 at 19:04

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My recommendation is that when the application is open, right click on the app in the task-bar, and see if you can make a shortcut, or pin the app to the start menu or the task-bar.

answered Dec 16 '12 at 19:35

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Curtis Coburn

Try what Curtis said..if that doesn't work check and see if it is installed windowskey>control panel>programs. If it is not installed re install it from the Microsoft website

answered Dec 16 '12 at 22:07

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edited Dec 18 '12 at 22:02

Search the .exe, right click it and add the shortcut. You could also pin it to the start menu.

answered Dec 17 '12 at 18:38

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