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Problem connecting Xbox 360 to Windows Media Center on Windows 7

by mstrid on June 13th, 2012

Yesterday I had the same problem connecting my Xbox 360 to my Windows Media Center running on my Windows 7 (x64) HTPC as I know I encountered about a year ago, but I couldn’t for my life remember how I solved it then. So I had to start googling again and after a couple of hours I found the solution in an obscure comment to a forum thread, it wasn’t even marked as the solution (!). This time I will post the solution here so it is easier to find the next time. Smile

First a rather extensive problem description then the solution at the end.

Problem scenario

When adding the Xbox as an extender to the Windows Media Center, after entering the “PIN code” you get

Configuration Error
An error was encountered while configuring your computer for use with this extender.

on the the Windows Media Center computer while the Xbox still shows

Connecting to Windows Media Center

or something similar.

If you don’t run Windows Media Center in full screen mode you will notice that the computer tries to install some drivers for the extender which fails.

If you open the event viewer you will find the following error:


with the following details:

Log Name:      Media Center
Source:        Microsoft-Windows-Media Center Extender
Date:          2012-06-10 18:47:19
Event ID:      543
Task Category: Configuration
Level:         Error
User:          VARDAGSRUMMET\Mikael
Computer:      Vardagsrummet
Media Center Extender Setup failed to create the PnP device with ID: uuid:10000000-0000-0000-0200-00125AB67BAB (timed out after 120000ms).

Error: Element not found.
Event Xml:
<Event xmlns=””>
<Provider Name=”Microsoft-Windows-Media Center Extender” Guid=”{7B7838A3-6562-4269-BB7A-97B0D9593882}” />
<TimeCreated SystemTime=”2012-06-10T16:47:19.496200000Z” />
<Correlation />
<Execution ProcessID=”3624″ ThreadID=”5512″ />
<Channel>Media Center</Channel>
<Security UserID=”S-1-5-21-3664238277-914888578-113142783-1000″ />
<Data Name=”ID”>uuid:10000000-0000-0000-0200-00125AB67BAB</Data>
<Data Name=”Timeout”>120000</Data>
<Data Name=”Error”>-2147023728</Data>

Now, finally, the solution:


First some credits:

Big thanks to nightrider_8t5 for posting the comment at 2011-11-01 05:21 in this forum thread. I for sure had gone mad if I hadn’t read your solution!

To summarize, the problem is the startup mode of the “UPnP Device Host” Windows service, for some reason this should be set to “Automatic” for the Windows Media Center extender so install properly.


To fix this problem we need to change the startup type from “Manual” to “Automatic” (and I also needed to restart the Windows Media Center computer).

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