1. dgr_874's Avatar
    I am still running windows media center on my 8.1 desktop and am looking for an eventual replacement. Could I upgrade to Windows 10 now in order to secure the free update, then go ahead and downgrade back to 8.1 so I could continue with WMC until it officially dies?

    Would this allow me to have an upgrade to 10 whenever i decide to finally drop Media Center?
    Arunabha Goswami likes this.
    11-16-2015 08:59 AM
  2. gpobernardo's Avatar
    In theory (and in practice in times when the downgrade worked flawlessly within the first 30 days of upgrade), yes... but why limit the potential of your PC just because of outdated Windows Media Center?
    11-16-2015 09:07 AM
  3. dgr_874's Avatar
    Cause nothing does TV better than WMC. I have built my entire home entertainment around it and really don't want to give it up until i absolutely have to.
    11-16-2015 10:19 AM
  4. _Emi_'s Avatar
    really? Media Center is your reason not to use Windows 10 today?
    You can downgrade and all that
    but what WMC alternatives did you try? Kodi? it has great plugins and stuff, if what you care about WMC it's the DVR features there is Nextdvr that integrates with Kodi.
    also Media Portal is an alternative and people seemed to like it too, I only hate they can't focus on one version but they have to keep developing 1 and 2 simultaneously.

    You could also dual boot and use only WMC when you need to and Windows 10 for the rest.
    11-16-2015 10:42 AM
  5. dgr_874's Avatar
    The only program out there that works with encrypted cable is Tivo and WMC. Nothing else is certified. Nextdvr will not work for me.

    Thanks for the info about the upgrade/downgrade i guess.
    Last edited by dgr_874; 11-16-2015 at 11:01 AM. Reason: Too harsh of a tone.
    gpobernardo likes this.
    11-16-2015 10:56 AM
  6. rkarolak's Avatar
    Aren't there workarounds for installing Windows Media Center in 10? Such as something like this? Here is how to install Media Center on Windows 10 | Windows Central
    gpobernardo likes this.
    11-16-2015 12:37 PM
  7. dgr_874's Avatar
    Yes, but it does not work with extenders.
    12-02-2015 06:20 AM

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