Mar 092013

via Morac @

I found a simple set and forget work around for this problem that doesn’t involve changing the clock on your PC.

There’s a curl.conf file in the TiVo Desktop settings folder (*). Make a backup of curl.conf and then edit it with a text editor and add the following line to the bottom of the file:

cookie = “sid=abc”

Or just use the attached curl.conf file.
(*) The folder is located in:
Windows XP = %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\TiVo Desktop
Windows Vista and up = %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\TiVo Desktop

First, when checking %userprofile%\appdata\local\tivo desktop I did not find a curl.conf file (even though I configured my Windows Explorer options to display system & hidden files). So, I downloaded Morac’s attached curl.conf, which looks like this:

user-agent = TivoDownloader/0.1
speed-time = 30
cookie = “sid=abc”

I then went to Transfer Status on Tivo Desktop and restarted several programs that were hung up. They immediately started. I didn’t even have to restart Tivo Desktop (or my PC).


I contacted Tivo Chat Support to advise them of the results of using this fix and despite the fact that I contacted them on Thursday and there was no patch or update, it appears that Tivo has released a patch on top of Tivo Desktop 2.8.3. However, I have Tivo Desktop 2.8.2 and the instructions to upgrade Tivo Desktop to the latest release involve a Tivo Desktop Cleaner utility. The last time I had to uninstall Tivo Desktop, I ended up being told that I had to re-install my OS because their uninstall/install process was pretty crappy… so I think I’ll stick with Morac’s workaround until it stops working.

I don’t relish the idea of having to reinstall my OS again to get Tivo Desktop to work… It’s enough to make me want to try installing Tivo Desktop in a virtual machine to see if I can get it to work that way. Then if I have to reinstall, it’s a simple virtual machine install.