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In Windows 10, Microsoft has said good bye to Windows Media Center, the digital video recorder and media player that has been around since 2002. Its removal didn’t please some fans, who asked around for solutions to bring the player back. Luckily, there’s a free application called Windows Media Center for Windows 10, which you can download from the internet, and after installing it, users will start streaming TV and movies to their Windows PC.

After downloading the ZIP file, you must extract its content, then place it somewhere on the hard drive. You will choose either the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Media Center, depending on your operating system, then extract the file. In case you need to find out what Windows version you’ve installed, head to System > About > System Type.

Then, right-click the _TestRights file and run it as administrator. You will see a command line window which will run a few commands. After these commands stop appearing, a blinking cursor will appear beside C:\Windows>. Now, close the window and restart your computer and return to the extracted folder.

You will right-click the Installer file and, again run it as administrator. You will see another command line window and the installer will start copying the necessary files, so you’ll have to wait a few minutes until it finishes copying them. When it’s over, you’ll press any key to exit.

The familiar Windows Media Center icon will appear on the desktop and you will be able to set up your media collection. If the desktop icon isn’t anywhere one the screen, you will still find the program by opening the search box and typing the name of the program. The application, whose latest version is 10.0.10134, should work both in windowed mode and full screen and you’ll have the impression that you’re using Windows Media Center in Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

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