Mailbag: How can I get to MSN Music in Media Center now that it no longer appears in Online Spotlight?


I noticed a couple of weeks ago that MSN Music is no longer available within Online Spotlight on my Media Center PC.  Is there any way I can continue to access MSN Music functionality from within Media Center?


You can use the following steps to navigate to the MSN Music site and have it create a link in the Media Center More Programs menu so you can continue to use MSN Music even though it does not appear in Online Spotlight:

  1. Start Media Center

  2. Click on My Music and start playing a song or playlist

  3. Go to the Now Playing page

  4. Click the Buy Music button in the menu on the left side of the Now Playing page

  5. Click on the MSN Music link in the top right corner of the Buy Music page to go to the MSN Music site

  6. Go to the Settings menu item on the MSN Music site

  7. Click the Add to More Programs button

  8. Click the Add Link button on the pop-up confiirmation dialog

After following these steps, you can go to the Media Center start menu and choose More Programs.  There will now be an MSN Music menu item in the list of programs that you can use to launch MSN Music for Windows Media Center.


Comments (5)
  1. Mark Sowul says:

    : )

  2. Hi Mark – thank you again for sending me this question originally and then finding the solution and letting me know about it.  🙂

  3. Microsoft Dude says:

    Why does Media Center 2005 require Microsoft Windows Messenger?

    I renamed messenger to .ex1 to prevent it from running software that simply consumes resources that are better spent elsewhere.

    Now when I start MC, it whines about "Messenger not installed".  Why is it whining and how can I shut it up?

  4. Hi Microsoft Dude – I’m sorry to say I’m not familiar with Windows Messenger integration into Media Center.  I will try this out and see if I can figure out how to suppress this error, and post back here if I can figure anything out.

  5. Hi Microsoft Dude – one of the people on our team thinks there may be a Windows Messenger hotfix that you can install that will resolve this issue.  Can you please check Windows Update and see if there are any Messenger updates available?

    Also, I should point out that you can configure Windows Messenger so that it will not launch when you boot Windows.  To do this, launch Windows Messenger, click on the Tools menu, choose Options, click on the Preferences tab and clear the check box labeled "Run Windows Messenger when Windows starts"

    Hopefully these suggestions help…

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