Solved Using Windows Media Center in Windows 11. Yes, you can.

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Compatibility report: Windows Media Center for Windows 8/10 installed and working successfully in Windows 11! So if you need to use the good old Windows Media Center (control Windows with a remote control, play and share all your media files) from Windows Vista and Windows 7, there is a modified installation that installs WMC in Windows 10 and 11. I don't remember where I had downloaded from, sorry. Just Google it.
 

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Microsoft removed Windows Media Center from Windows 10, and there’s no official way to get it back, but the community has made Windows Media Center functional on Windows 10.

As far as Microsoft is concerned, you can just keep using Windows 7 or 8.1 if you want Windows Media Center, although that’s becoming more and more difficult. Microsoft isn’t interested in supporting Windows Media Center any longer.

This process involves downloading a modified Windows Media Center application, if you’re uncomfortable with that, this may not be for you. We tried it ourselves and ran into no problems, the file shows up as clean on multiple malware scanners. I have uploaded these two compressed files to my Google Drive, the download links are below.


The downloaded archive is a .7z file, so you’ll also need to download and install 7-Zip to open it.

Once you have, you can right-click the downloaded .7z file in File Explorer and select 7-Zip > Extract Here from the context menu.

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You’ll get a folder. Open the extracted WMC folder, right-click the “_TestRights.cmd” file, and select “Run as Administrator”. A Command Prompt window will open, and you can close it.

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You can then right-click the “Installer.cmd” file and select “Run as Administrator.”

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You’ll see the progress of the installation in a Command Prompt window. Don’t close the window until you see the “Press any key to exit” message.

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If you’ve previously installed this pack or if you upgraded from Windows 7 or 8.1 and previously had Windows Media Center installed, you may need to right-click the “Uninstaller.cmd” file and select “Run as Administrator” to remove any leftover bits of Windows Media Center before it will install normally. This is also the file you need to run if you ever want to completely uninstall Windows Media Center.

Type Windows Media Center into Start Menu, and it will appear in your Start Menu as a normal application you can launch.

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If you encounter another problem, open the Workarounds.txt file for more information. This file contains a list of problems people have encountered and fixes known to work.

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While Windows Media Center currently works, it’s possible that future changes to Windows 10 might break it.
 

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I found a newer version a couple of months ago, I think is version 8.8.4 There are two versions to download, the blue version with the original blue background and the green version with a green background. The latest version is 8.8.5, but I could not find a working download for it. If you Google "Windows Media Center 8.8.4" you will probably find a download site, sorry I don't remember which is the one. One bug I have found is that if you are running the English version of Windows (not your local language version), the EPG tries to show the English version of TV Guide. In Greece there is only a Greek version for most channels, so these channels display no information when opening the TV Guide. I tried to change the display language of Windows to Greek so Windows Media Center was running in Greek. It worked once and I could use the TV Guide for all channels, but after a few restarts it didn't work anymore. I then read somewhere of how to tweak some keys in Registry to change the locale to Greek in WMC, but this did not last either. Other than that, it works as expected.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 21H2 64-bit (build 22000.282)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Extensa 5630EZ
    CPU
    Mobile DualCore Intel Core 2 Duo T7250, 2000 MHz
    Motherboard
    Acer Extensa 5630
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Mobile Intel(R) GMA 4500M (Mobile 4 series)
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC268 @ Intel 82801IB ICH9 - High Definition Audio Controller
    Monitor(s) Displays
    1
    Screen Resolution
    1280x800
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB SATA Device (250 GB, SATA-III)
    Internet Speed
    VDSL 50 Mbps
    Browser
    MICROSOFT EDGE
    Antivirus
    WINDOWS DEFENDER
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro v21H2 (build 22000.438)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom-built PC
    CPU
    Intel Core-i7 3770 3.40GHz s1155 (3rd generation)
    Motherboard
    Asus P8H61 s1155 ATX
    Memory
    2x Kingston Hyper-X Blu 8GB DDR3-1600
    Graphics card(s)
    Asus GT620-1GD3 (nVidia GeForce GT 620 1GB DDR3)
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD audio (ALC887)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia KDL-19L4000 19" LCD TV via VGA
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900 32-bit 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Patriot Burst Elite 480GB SSD as system disk, Western Digital Caviar Purple 4TB SATA III (WD40PURZ) as second
    PSU
    Thermaltake Litepower RGB 550W Full Wired
    Case
    SUPERCASE MIDI-TOWER
    Cooling
    Stock Intel CPU Fan, 1x 8cm fan at the back
    Mouse
    Sunnyline OptiEye PS/2
    Keyboard
    Mitsumi 101-key PS/2
    Internet Speed
    100Mbps
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Legacy BIOS (MBR) installation, no TPM, no Secure Boot, WDDM 2.3 graphics drivers, WEI score 5.1
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