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  1. Posts : 91
    64-bit 10240 10 Pro
       08 Sep 2015 #30

    lopedoggie said: View Post
    AIMP this is an audio player, extremely customizable with all the bells and whistles you will ever need. user since 2009.
    I am using AIMP 4 , it works great.
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       08 Sep 2015 #31

    alphanumeric said: View Post
    As far as I know Media Center was never ever included in Windows 10. If it's installed in Windows 8.1 it's removed during the upgrade to Windows 10. This is a hack to add it back to Windows 10. I'm just wondering if anybody tried this trick in 10240 Consumer Release or if it's just meant for Insider builds. I haven't gone to the MDL site yet. Maybe I'll go have a look see. A lot of the posts there just say you have to be a member to view this and I'm not all that interested in signing up to a site like that. I'm actually surprised its still out there.
    @alphanumeric and anyone else wondering. I am no longer an insider since the 29th when I upgraded to W10. This works for me to, installed with no issue and works.
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  3.    08 Sep 2015 #32

    Well, Windows DVD Player looks and sounds like crap compared to
    Windows Media Center, which looks and sounds amazing on most DVD's
    Last edited by Edwin; 08 Sep 2015 at 22:59.
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  4.    09 Sep 2015 #33

    I am running Windows 10 x64 ver 10240.

    At first I tried several times to install Windows Media Center, following the instructions exactly. With no result. The scripts didn't seem to be running.

    I finally got it to work with the following procedure. Don't know which of these steps made the difference.

    1. First I reset the default apps settings to Microsoft recommended defaults:

    -Settings, System, Default Apps, Reset to Microsoft recommended defaults. press RESET.

    2. I extracted the file as a folder on my Desktop (previously it was extracted to my Downloads folder).

    3. I opened a Command Prompt (Admin) window. Then didn't touch this command prompt window until Windows Media Center was installed.

    -Right Click Start Button, select Command Prompt (Admin).

    4. On the Desktop, open the extracted folder "WindowsMediaCenter_10.0.10134.0"

    -Right Click on Uninstaller.cmd Run As Administrator. Wait until it completes.

    -Right Click on _TestRights.cmd Run As Administrator. Wait until it completes. If it opens another Command Prompt window run Installer.cmd, otherwise reboot and then run Installer.cmd.

    -Right Click on Installer.cmd Run As Administrator. Wait until it completes. When the message "Press any key to exit." appears in the Command Prompt Window, press a key and close the Command Prompt Window and close any other open Command Prompt Windows then Reboot.

    5. The Windows Media Center icon should now be in the All Apps Menu under "Windows Accessories" folder, "Media Center".

    If you have problems installing Windows Media Center, hopefully this will work for you, also.
    Last edited by Antilope; 09 Sep 2015 at 00:57.
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  5.    09 Sep 2015 #34

    BugMeister said: View Post
    - gotta say, Groove runs really well - and it syncs flawlessly with OneDrive, Xbox One, and Win10 Mobile..
    - it's a good piece of kit..

    - I still use WMP most of the time, though
    - it's been around a long time, and I really dig the enhancements..
    - particularly like the presets on the graphic equaliser

    - WMP wired up to surround-sound speakers at massive volume (!!)
    - lovin' it..!!
    Yep, Groove combined with OneDrive is an absolute winner, your music everywhere you go.
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       09 Sep 2015 #35

    Ninetailz said: View Post
    Well VLC and MPC-HC can fill in those gaps for windows media center, if you are watching anime in windows 10 (which i doubt)
    I have. :)

    groze said: View Post

    Vlc will play some encrypted media. I don't use it, the question of it being legal in the U.S. As I said in another post, I recall a court case in U.S. that the judge allowed a person to download the file to play dvds on other operating systems on because it fits the definition of fair use and he already bought the dvd. The copyright office still claims you can't download that file to play the dvd.

    I don't know how Windows VLC decryptions works. VLC for Windows can play encrypted dvds on most windows operating systems provided you have a dvd player.
    Using an unofficial version of Microsoft's WMC is probably illegal too.
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       09 Sep 2015 #36

    The redistribution of the files is certainly illegal, however some of us have paid for Media Center on the systems we upgraded from so it's fair game imo.
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  8.    09 Sep 2015 #37

    Hi there

    Tested WMC as per the OP's instructions -- working fine (W10 insider build 10532 PRO x-64). Not that I have a lot of use for it - but Hey it's a TEST while waiting for a NEW build !!!).

    If Ms were that bothered they would have requested the link be taken down - after all the server isn't exactly "hidden" !!! Also as stated in the previous post in this thread - some people had legitimately PAID for it.

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  9.    09 Sep 2015 #38

    Ok, thanks for the replies from those that tried it. I may give it try on my Media PC.
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  10.    09 Sep 2015 #39

    Some fellow posters (on a TV forum) that use WMC with cable cards are able to load an launch this WMC version. However, they get these errors:
    - One gets a "decoder error" when they try to play live TV. It's complaining that the codec is either missing or incompatible.
    - The other gets an activation failure while setting up live TV. I suspect this has something to do with their cable card but I'm not sure.
    Does anyone have any recommendations? Thank you.
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