If you use Windows 7 Media Center and suddenly find that Netflix and Internet TV is missing from the main menu, it can be quite annoying. Here are some fixes that should help you get these options back.
1. If you uninstall a TV Tuner Card or install an unstable Add-on, it sometimes makes Windows Media Center unstable or you’ll suddenly find your Netflix and Internet TV options are missing. In this example we had Netflix & Internet TV installed and working successfully, but after removing the TV Tuner Card and swapping out the Video Card the options disappeared.
2. If this happens to you, one of the easier fixes is to launch Media Center and go to Tasks >> Settings >> General >> then Automatic Download Options.
3. Now in the Automatic Download Options screen click on Download Now.
4. A message will appear in the lower left hand corner of the screen…click OK.
5. While the updates are downloading, you’ll see a small Media Center download icon in the Notification Area on the Taskbar.
6. The amount of time it takes will vary depending on your connection speed. When it completes click OK and restart Media Center.
7. If everything works correctly you should see your Netflix and Internet TV options back in the main menu.
8. If that doesn’t work you can use some Command Line magic to get everything back. Click on the Start Menu >> All Programs >> Accessories…then right-click on the Run icon and click Run as Administrator (You may need to enter in the admin password).
9. Now enter in the following commands at the prompt…Again you’ll see the download icon in the Taskbar and the amount of time for it to update will vary. Make sure to wait for the process to complete…and you’ll get another Command Prompt then type Exit.
cd /d %WINDIR%\ehome
start /wait mcupdate –uf
10. This is the method that worked best on our Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit system. Netflix and Internet TV were both restored successfully.
If neither of these methods work, you may want to check the types of 3rd party add-ons you might have installed, try uninstalling them and see if you can get it back. If you’re a fan of Windows 7 Media Center hopefully these tips will work for you. If you’ve ran into the same problem and have found other fixes, leave a comment and let us know!