Media Center in Windows 10

Why is Media Center not included in Windows 10? I purposely did not upgrade to Windows 8 because I did not want to have to buy an extra $100 add-on to keep Media Center. I was told by Dell a few months ago that Windows 10 would include Media Center, so I was waiting to upgrade to 10 and now I find out it is not going to be included. Please tell me Microsoft is working on rectifying this travesty.


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Last updated April 18, 2019 Views 7,366 Applies to:

Is Media Center supported in Windows 10?

No. Persons who need to use Media Center should consider carefully before upgrading from their previous version of Windows. The Windows 10 upgrade will automatically remove any installations of Media Center.

So what are the alternatives if I need Media Center?

Your best option is to continue running your existing version of Windows with Media Center.

  • Windows 7 editions that include Media Center will continue to be supported until January 2020.
  • Windows 8 Pro with Media Center will continue to be supported until January 2023.

It was removed because the vast majority of Windows users were not using it and incurred a licensing fee for the technologies it included.

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