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.
How do I Install Windows Media Center in Windows 10? The easiest way is to download and install it from an unofficial source. WMC is no longer supported by Microsoft. After you download it, extract the files and run the installer with Administrator rights.
To do just that, follow the guide below.
How to Install Windows Media Center in Windows 10
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:
- .7z Installer (Mega)
- .7z Installer (Mega)
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 the archive. You will get a WMC folder.
- In the WMC folder, right-click _TestRights.cmd and go to Run as administrator.
- After that, 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.
Remember that the installation file comes from an unknown source and because Microsoft doesn’t support the software anymore, you’ll have to deal with any issues you might encounter by yourself.
After you’ve successfully installed Media Center, it will appear in the Start Menu, under Accessories.
- READ ALSO: How to fix Media Center error on Windows 10
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 want to install it from an external source, you won’t have any problems.
That’s about it. Hope that the process worked flawlessly and now you can run Windows Media Center on your Windows 10 PC.
If you have any more questions about the installation process, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments section below.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2016 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness