Not what you want to here, but I finally upgraded to v1.7.28 still having issues locking up.
I can send you dump file or anything else you might want to look at.
Problem: Service Hang Report
Files that help describe the problem:
The Recorded TV HD Service service hung on starting.
The Media Center Extender user was abruptly disconnected.
The Media Center Extender session was terminated because Windows Media Center exited unexpectedly.