Microsoft Media Center suite can now unofficially be installed on Windows 10

Here is how to install Microsoft Media Center suite on your Windows 10 PC/Laptop

Microsoft has quietly removed Windows Media Center from Windows 10 and introduced Windows DVD Player. The problem with Windows DVD Player is that it is charged with $149 for majority of Windows 10 users.

Microsoft had developed Media Center suite as a full entertainment system software and it was shipped with Windows XP. Microsoft also included the media suite in Windows Vista and Windows 7 however it was given to Windows 8/8,1 users as a separate purchase.

The non availability of Media Center on Windows 10 has angered the users because the Windows DVD Player was a paid application and also it has several shortcomings over the Media Center. To solve this issue, a couple of users over at the MDL forums have found a workaround that lets users install Windows Media Center on Windows 10 PC. The MDL forum users have said that this workaround also works with Windows 10 Insider builds 10240 and 10532.

The step by step tutorial for installing the Windows Media Center on Windows 10 was documented by Windows Blog Italia. However it may be noted that this workaround is not authorized by Microsoft so we advise users to proceed with caution.

  1. Download and extract the file “WindowsMediaCenter_10.0.10134.0.zip” It can be downloaded from here.
  2. Look for the file “_TestRights.cmd“, right click it, and then click “Run as administrator.”
  3. A command prompt window will appear. Reboot your PC after.
  4. Look for the file “Installer.cm,” right click on it, and then click “Run as administrator.”
  5. One the installer is done, a message will display saying “Press any key to exit.”
  6. That’s it!

If you have successfully followed the instructions above, the Windows Media Center has now been installed on your PC. Doing a search on the taskbar will reveal that it’s now installed and available for pinning to the Start Menu and your use.

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