Windows Media Center Scheduler Service (ehSched) Defaults in Windows 7

Starts and stops recording of TV programs within Windows Media Center.

Default Settings

Startup type:
Windows 7 Starter SP0N/A
Windows 7 Home Basic SP0N/A
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Windows 7 Starter SP1N/A
Windows 7 Home Basic SP1N/A
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Display name:Windows Media Center Scheduler Service
Service name:ehSched
Service type:own
Error control:ignore
Object:NT AUTHORITY\networkService
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\ehSched
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeCreateGlobalPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege

Default Behavior

Windows Media Center Scheduler Service is a Win32 service. In Windows 7 it won't be started if the user doesn't start it. When the Windows Media Center Scheduler Service is started, it is running as NT AUTHORITY\networkService in its own process of ehsched.exe. If Windows Media Center Scheduler Service fails to load or initialize, Windows 7 startup continues without error messages. The failure details are being written into Event Log.


Windows Media Center Scheduler Service is unable to start, if the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service is stopped or disabled.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Windows Media Center Scheduler Service

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which Windows Media Center Scheduler Service depends are configured by default and function properly. See the list of dependencies above.

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

2. Copy the command below, paste it into the command window and press ENTER:

sc config ehSched start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The ehSched service is using the ehsched.exe file that is located in the C:\Windows\ehome directory. If the file is removed or corrupted, read this article to restore its original version from Windows 7 installation media.