Media Center is one of Windows 7’s features that some people liked, and some didn’t, but Microsoft decided to cut it from Windows 10 anyway. Those who didn’t pay attention to Media Center, don’t miss it in Windows 10, but those who used this software for managing videos and other media content probably want it back.
It was possible to install Windows Media Center in some earlier Windows 10 Preview builds, but not anymore. However, if you want to use it in Windows 10, even after the Anniversary Update, there’s something you can do.
Install Windows Media Center in Windows 10 Anniversary Update
Unfortunately, the only way to install Media Center is by downloading it from external servers. While this is not a ‘official’ solution, it’s still worth the effort if you want to use this software.
You can download Windows Media Center from the following sources:
Once you’ve downloaded a proper version of Windows Media Center for your Windows 10 computer, do the following to install it:
- Extract all the files and folders from a zip file
- Right-click _TestRights.cmd and go to Run as administrator
- Now, right-click on Installer.cmd, and also run it as administrator
- Finish the installation
This process should install Media Center on your computer without any problems. However, if the installation fails for some reason, try rebooting your system, and repeat the process. After you’ve successfully installed Media Center, it will appear in the Start Menu, under Accessories.
Once again, there’s no other known way to install this feature on Windows 10, because Microsoft apparently doesn’t support it anymore. But if you have no problems with installing it from an external source, you won’t have any problems.
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