You receive a "The recording could not be scheduled for an unknown reason" error message in Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

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Consider the following scenario:
  • In Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, you try to manually record a program on an Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) channel.
  • The channel is not listed in the Program Guide.
In this scenario, you may receive the following error message:
Schedule Problem: The recording could not be scheduled for an unknown reason. Restart Media Center and try to schedule your recording again.


The ATSC channel must be listed in the Program Guide to manually record the program.


To resolve this problem, manually add the ATSC channel to the Program Guide. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Press the Windows Media Center Start button on the Media Center remote control.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Select TV.
  4. Select Guide.
  5. Select Add Missing Channels.
  6. Select Add Channel, and then follow the instructions on the screen to add the ATSC channel.
  7. When you have completed the changes, select Save.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

More information

Media Center Technical Support

Because Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition was included with your hardware device or system, the hardware manufacturer provides technical support and assistance for this software. Your manufacturer may have customized the installation with unique components such as specific device drivers and optional settings to maximize the performance of that manufacturer's hardware. If you require technical help with Windows XP Media Center Edition, contact your manufacturer directly because the manufacturer is best qualified to support the software that the manufacturer has installed on the hardware.

You can also visit the Windows XP Media Center Edition product information Web site at the following Microsoft Web site:
Note This is a "FAST PUBLISH" article created directly from within the Microsoft support organization. The information contained herein is provided as-is in response to emerging issues. As a result of the speed in making it available, the materials may include typographical errors and may be revised at any time without notice. See Terms of Use for other considerations.


Article ID: 909969 - Last Review: January 16, 2015 - Revision: 1.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005
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