Vista Media Center wakes my computer automatically

After discovering that my computer was always started when I got home from work I’ve been doing some troubleshooting on my Vista Media Center computer only to find out that Vista automatically wakes my computer automatically at 2PM every day, just to download the electronic program guide. I have accidently blamed my beloved second half for starting the computer and watching TV in the morning after I leave and before she goes to work, but the truth is that it is Microsoft that is indirectly starting my computer automatically.

So every single day the computer starts automatically, unless I disable the Media Center task from Task Scheduler. But if I disable it, I cannot schedule recordings of TV show and this is really frustrating and I do certainly not see the point in why the computer starts automatically just to download the EPG that could easily be updated once I start the computer later at night? And I cannot say that this is a good feature choice of Microsoft from an environmental point of view, nor the economic perspective of the user that has to pay the electricity bill.

Should it really take 134 years to copy a file?

During the day I’ve been working on creating an integrated installation CD for Vista x64 with all the drivers and patches. Copying the file install.wim from the Vista DVD to the hard drive would take around 49000 days to complete, which is equal to 134 years (!), according to Vista. Probably this is a bug in the function that calculates the remaining time, and probably this is fixed in Vista Service Pack 1, or perhaps even in the couple of performance and reliability fixes that has been launched recently. Although the below screenshot is in Swedish I can tell you that “dagar” = “days” in English.

Copy files Windows Vista