Windows Media Center never really became a hit when it comes to “go-to” hub of photos, videos, Live TV and movies that Microsoft intended it to be when it was introduced back in 2002. When Windows 10 was finally launched, it was discontinued. However, with the help of those WMC enthusiasts, the defunct Media Center was resurrected, making it work unofficially in Windows 10.
So if you want to give it a go, here’s how to install and set up Windows Media Center on a Windows 10 computer:
STEP 1: Download the appropriate installer below (click on the Download through your browser button), depending on whether you’re using a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows 10:
NOTE: The downloaded archive is a .7z file, so you’ll need to download and install 7-Zip in order to open it.
STEP 2: Once you have done that, right-click the downloaded .7z file in File Explorer, then select 7-Zip, and then select Extract Here.
NOTE: You will see a WMC folder. The included readme file recommends copying this folder to a short path with no spaces to avoid problems. For example, you can place it directly inside your C:/ drive.
STEP 3: Once extracted, open the WMC folder, then right-click the _TestRights.cmd file, and then select Run as Administrator.
STEP 4: When a Command Prompt window appears, close it.
STEP 5: Now right-click the Installer.cmd file, then select Run as Administrator.
NOTE: You will see the progress of the installation in a Command Prompt window. Do not close the window until you see a message saying, “Press any key to exit.”
STEP 6: If in case you encounter a problem, you may need to try running the _TestRights.cmd file once more, and rebooting the Installer.cmd file again.
NOTE: If you have previously installed this pack, or if you upgraded from Windows 7 or 8.1 and previously had Windows Media Center installed, you may need to right-click the Uninstaller.cmd file, then select Run as Administrator to remove any leftover bits of Windows Media Center before it will install normally. This is also the file you need to run if ever you want to completely uninstall Windows Media Center.
After you have successfully installed Windows Media Center, it will appear in your Start menu as a normal application you can launch. It should run normally, just as it did in Windows 7 and 8.1.
NOTE: If in case you encounter another problem, open the Workarounds.txt file for more information. The file contains a list of problems people have encountered along with their fixes that are known to have worked.