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Microsoft's discontinued Media Center suite can now unofficially be installed on


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#1 JohnC_21

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Posted 07 September 2015 - 08:02 PM

Windows Media Center was an entertainment system software that originally arrived on Windows XP. After XP, the media suite was subsequently included in Windows Vista and Windows 7. But, when Windows 8 arrived, the suite was no longer included and required a separate purchase. For Windows 10, Microsoft discontinued the entertainment software but did introduce Windows DVD player, as a replacement. The app was offered free for some, but those who did not qualify were charged with $14.99.
Despite this, a couple of users over at the MDL forums have found a workaround that lets you install Windows Media Center right on your Windows 10 PC. This reportedly includes Insider builds 10240 and 10532. The project was in the works for quite some time now and has just recently come to fruition.
Windows Blog Italia has documented the steps on how you can bring back the media software back to your PC. It should be noted, though, that this is not officially authorized by Microsoft and is a workaround provided by enthusiasts - so we advise users to proceed with caution.

 

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Posted 07 September 2015 - 08:44 PM

It should be noted, though, that this is not officially authorized by Microsoft


I checked the .zip contenant and it looks like a good installer, but on a legal point of view, I don't know if the users are allowed to do that.

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Posted 07 September 2015 - 10:00 PM

If anything, they may be getting a takedown request soon. Only time will tell.



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Posted 08 September 2015 - 05:28 AM

Yeah because most of the time, Microsoft executables that only works on certain version of Windows cannot be executed on others, so it means that the person (or team) that made the Media Center work on Windows 10 most likely had to recompile the executables to make them work on Windows 10, which is most likely against the EULA since you cannot tamper with any Microsoft executables you use and then redistribute it.

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Posted 08 September 2015 - 07:06 AM

Get VLC Media Player. It's free and plays just about anything.  http://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html






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