With the release of Windows 10, Microsoft made the decision to discontinue support for Windows Media Center. If you still want to use Windows Media Center, this minHour tutorial will teach you a simple workaround for getting Windows Media Center back on your PC.
Downloading the Installer
Choose the correct file to download.
Click the link based on Windows 10’s architecture:
- 64-bit: https://mega.nz/#!7kdR1ICb!1TCdTd_UpqtYqVXyihhA6DwbFz1Yvo7fE8PVD21mrAU
- 32-bit: https://mega.nz/#!PwUCQK5K!XLwP6W-RFrYupTVG7Q3oxkW97S6_4cxLDFMeRGBjd80
Initiate the download process.
Click a download button such as Download through your browser.
Wait as the file is processed.
This should take under a minute.
Save the file to your computer.
Choose a save location and click the Save button.
- If you aren’t prompted to save the file, it may have been saved to your downloads folder. If the download didn’t initiate, click the cloud icon with an arrow.
Installing Windows Media Center
Open File Explorer
This can be done by clicking the taskbar icon.
Navigate to the save location.
Go to where you downloaded the application files.
Open the 7z file
Right-click on the downloaded file and choose the option equivalent to Extract Here. It may be hidden under the submenu for your file extractor, such as 7-Zip.
- You’ll need software that can extract .7z files. One option is 7-Zip, available for download at http://www.7-zip.org.
Review through the readme file (optional).
Open the “_ReadMe” text file.
Run “_TestRights.cmd” as administrator.
Right-click the file and choose Run as administrator. If prompted, confirm the User Account Control window and provide the necessary authentication.
- If another command prompt window is opened, then close it and proceed
- If no Command Prompt window opened, repeat this step a few more times.If after two or more times no Command Prompt window opened, then you need to restart Windows 10 and repeat this step.
- If after two or more times no Command Prompt window opened, then you need to restart Windows 10 and repeat this step.
Run “Installer.cmd” as administrator.
Right-click the file and choose Run as administrator.
- Wait until the process completes—it may take a few minutes.
- Don’t close the window until you see a message stating “Press any key to exit”.
Running Windows Media Center
Open Windows Media Center.
It should be in the Start menu All apps list under “Windows Accessories”. Windows Media Center might not show up immediately in searches as it could take a minute or two for it to be indexed.
- It may be listed at the top of the All apps list under “Recently added”.
Download additional codecs if necessary.
If you get a missing codecs or decoder error, try downloading the Shark007 codec pack, available at http://shark007.net. More information is available in the “Workarounds” text file, located in the folder you previously extracted.
- Open “workarounds” text file to fix various installation issues.
- This isn’t officially supported by Microsoft, as Windows Media Center has been officially discontinued. Don’t expect technical support from Microsoft regarding Windows Media Center on Windows 10.
- This process involves downloading a modified Windows Media Center application from an unofficial source. Note that it most likely does not contain malware.