Windows Media Center will not be available in Windows 10
Microsoft is reportedly done with its Windows Media Center software.
The news comes from the Microsoft BUILD Developer’s conference, where a Microsoft executive revealed to ZDNet, that the Redmond company will not update Media Center for the upcoming version of its OS. Windows 10
Media Center was originally introduced in 2002 in the Windows XP Media Center Edition,and was also included in Vista Home Premium, and Ultimate Editions, and later found its way in Windows 7. Windows 8 wasn’t so lucky, as WMC wasn’t originally included in the OS. When Windows 8 was launched , Microsoft had revealed that Media Center wasn’t a part of “the future of entertainment.”
But a port of the Windows 7 version of WMC was finally made available for Windows 8 Pro. However it came at a price, literally. It required users to buy a separate add-on to upgrade from Windows 8 Pro to Windows 8 Pro with Media Center.
Even before Windows 8 was launched, Media Center was left out because it wasn’t as popular as it used to be, and its usage is even lower now, and is reportedly just used for playing DVDs.
Media Center has several features ranging from playing videos, images, music, to watch, pause and record Live TV, and also for streaming services like Netflix.
Windows Media Center isn’t compatible with Windows 10. Apparently it will never be, and hence Windows Media Center is dead.
Any PC which has the Media Center installed on Windows 7 or 8.1, will no longer have access to the application, once the PCs are upgraded to Windows 10.
Attempts to update any PC which runs Media Center to Windows 10 will display a message like the one in the screenshot below:
How to continue using Windows Media Center:
Since Windows 10 will never support WMC, the only way to continue using the app, is by holding on to Windows 7 or 8.1 Pro with Media Center. You can still use them for a few years, as Media Center for Windows 7 will be supported until 2020, while WMC for Windows 8.1 will be supported until 2023.
But that comes at a rather heavy price, as you will have to give up on the free upgrade to Windows 10.
Honestly, there are lots of alternatives to Media Center today ( for eg: XBMC/Kodi, ), so you wouldn’t be losing much or anything at all. If you don’t use the more complex features of WMC, and just want a free application to play your video files, I’d recommend Daum PotPlayer, or the infinitely popular, VLC. The latter also supports (.wtv) format for Windows TV.