Usman Khurshid

Usman Khurshid is a seasoned IT Pro with over 15 years of experience in the IT industry. He has experience in everything from IT support, helpdesk, sysadmin, network admin, and cloud computing. He is also certified in Microsoft Technologies (MCTS and MCSA) and also Cisco Certified Professional in Routing and Switching. Reach him at Twitter @usmank11

55 Comments

  1. EaglesFanDan
    April 18, 2021 @ 5:05 PM

    Worked Great. Thank you for all you do to help your fellow computer users like myself. Its guys like your self that can really help when your in a bind or just looking to learn new stuff so thank you and good luck.

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  2. wynford
    February 4, 2021 @ 6:36 PM

    Does not work under Windows 10 20H2

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  3. ninnin
    January 30, 2021 @ 9:40 AM

    I have installed Windows Media Center version 8.8.4 on Windows 10 version 1909 without any problem.

    Note: If your WMC v 8.8.4 stop working after Windows update, run Uninstaller.cmd (need reboot windows) and reinstall it again…

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  4. Guest 6801
    January 15, 2021 @ 4:02 PM

    Hey! Can You Fix this problem. I cant open it and its still say error. Please Help! Thank you!

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  5. Gilbert
    August 8, 2020 @ 8:26 PM

    Does this work with the latest Windows 10 build (2004)? I just tried it and after install, clicking on the icon nothing happens

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    • Bengt
      August 26, 2020 @ 9:20 PM

      I experienced the same thing when build 2004 came.

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      • Usman Khurshid
        August 27, 2020 @ 2:29 PM

        I haven’t tried it on Windows 10 Version 2004 but my gut says that it should work as Versions 1909 and 2004 share the same kernel. Anyways, I’ll test it out and let you know about this.

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        • David
          December 1, 2020 @ 11:25 AM

          My W10 was ‘automatically’ upgraded from v.1909 to v.2004 this morning and WMC v 8.8.4 stop working. It(W10) won’t launch the WMC.

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          • Usman Khurshid
            December 3, 2020 @ 6:12 AM

            I’ll check this out on my upgraded PC and will let you know soon.

          • David
            December 3, 2020 @ 7:50 AM

            Thank you, hope you will find the solution to this problem.

        • Trina
          December 5, 2020 @ 6:51 AM

          Did you ever get a chance to test it out on Version 2004? I just tried installing it and it has installed but it won’t open. Did try a restart just to see if that would work but no go.

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          • tsd
            January 17, 2021 @ 2:14 AM

            You need to install WMC version 8.8.5 and this works on 20H2. You can find it on the Green Button forum.

          • wynford
            February 4, 2021 @ 8:48 PM

            WMC 8.8.5 does sort of work on Windows 10 build 20H2, but no matter which option I use, I can’t get any TV channels… we have all digital channels here. I get the same message as Juli gets… ‘All tv tuners are currently in use.’

        • Teza
          December 7, 2020 @ 10:32 PM

          I can not get it to work on a fresh install of a new build machine. it will install but not load when you click the icon.

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        • Ted
          December 7, 2020 @ 11:41 PM

          Hello
          Same problem WMC is not working on Windows 2004. Tried ununstall and reinstall still not working. What did you find out?

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  6. Juli
    May 21, 2020 @ 11:11 PM

    Hi i installed on win 10 but I plugged the cable tv and get an error saying
    All tv tuners are currently in use. To change the channel, seletc the program…. etc
    How can i make it work

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  7. SG Martin
    February 4, 2020 @ 9:16 PM

    Usman, you wrote “Using Windows Media Center is the same as the original one. All functionality of WMC will be intact … I have tested it on Windows 10 Version 1903 and even on the latest Windows Insider build and it works absolutely fine.” The main “functionality” we use is to receive our Comcast cable service via HD Home Run tuners (which have a cable card validated by Comcast), and to record/play content we get with that service (basically a cable DVR, with our program guide purchased from EPG, since MS no longer provides that service). When you say “All functionality” works the same and has been tested, does this include 1) HD Home Run cable-card tuners and 2) DVR functionality? Thanks.

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    • SG Martin
      February 4, 2020 @ 9:28 PM

      PS: From what I’ve seen and read, I don’t believe Windows 10 and WMC will ever co-exist for DRM use and that users like me will have to stick to Windows 7 and 8.1 until there’s a full replacement for WMC with DRM and that may never happen (unless one considers going to 100% on-demand streaming as a replacement; I do not).

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    • Thomas
      March 31, 2020 @ 5:05 PM

      i can’t for the life of me connect it to my xbox 360. Can you please explain why? thanks

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  8. Ena
    February 3, 2020 @ 5:55 PM

    Hi! It says it’ll only run on 64-bit systems. There’s a 32-bit system version? Thanks in advance

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    • Flávio
      December 22, 2020 @ 2:17 AM

      Hi I’m also having a problem, does anyone have a solution?

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  9. Royseber
    January 24, 2020 @ 3:28 AM

    I just installed it and I can get all the OTA channels as in WIN 7 but the video is all jerky and stuttery. Are my codecs out of wack?

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    • Royseberg
      January 24, 2020 @ 3:41 AM

      Wait! I just launched it again and it’s fine. It must have been some momentary interference on my antenna

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  10. Matt
    January 16, 2020 @ 7:09 AM

    I can confirm that the WMC 8.8.4 build available from here
    https://www.thegreenbutton.tv/forums/viewtopic.php?f=97&t=12314

    works for me on Win 10 version 1909 with no additional configuration required.

    As mentioned above, I have to swtich off “Retrieve CD album art, media information for DVDs…” in the Automatic Download Options to avoid having WMC crash when I enter the music library. My guess is that the service WMC talks to is probably no longer available and WMC hasn’t been coded to gracefully handle that.

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    • Usman Khurshid
      January 16, 2020 @ 4:08 PM

      Hi Matt, thanks a lot for the update. I have updated the download link to direct it to the latest version which is 8.8.4.

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      • Matt
        February 13, 2020 @ 1:51 PM

        You’re welcome, thanks for the article 🙂

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    • RoySeberg
      January 24, 2020 @ 11:12 PM

      It runs beautifully on my install but unfortunately it crashes catastrophically when clicking the exit button after playing a recorded TV program. Uninstalled and re-installed and the crash still occurs.

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  11. Brendan
    January 14, 2020 @ 12:32 PM

    I had a HTPC built in early 2015. This is mainly used for watching TV and recording TV. We do sometimes stream music from it, but use VLC media player for that. The HTPC came with Win 7 and media centre, and that has worked well for us. Now I hear that Microsoft will end support for Win & and that the program guide for media centre will also cease, so we will be unable to watch or record TV. This is just over 4 years since I purchased Win & and media centre. How can Microsoft justify taking my money then 4 years later render the product unusable?
    I was advised to install something called Kodi. I did but it doesn’t work properly and we cannot watch TV with it. A waste of my time/
    I feel utterly ripped off by Microsoft.

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    • Matt
      January 15, 2020 @ 3:47 AM

      Yes, it’s a pest. Kodi is a fantastic product but none of the alternatives do the tv functionality (including configuration) in such an integrated way.

      For Kodi you need to install a back end tv server. Media Portal is probably one of the best alternatives for tv functionality.

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    • RoySeberg
      February 5, 2020 @ 8:23 PM

      Updated my Nvidia Graphic card drivers but WMC keeps crashing with the blue screen of death when exiting playback of a recorded TV. Anybody else experiencing this phenomena? (Windows 10 vers. 1903)

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  12. giuseppe
    December 21, 2019 @ 5:51 PM

    Good morning I installed the program windos media center but the moment to see the tv you can see the screen of the channel with the time but the transmission does not start, for a while turn the cursor and then close everything from what can depend?

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  13. John M
    December 6, 2019 @ 5:42 PM

    I have recently upgraded from Win 7 to Win 10. I downloaded and installed the WMC modification from this page. Everything looks good running the WMC, but, like some others, I cannot view any recordings or go to live tv from the guide. Has anyone got any suggestions?

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    • Freddy
      March 25, 2021 @ 1:58 AM

      VLC player plays .wtv files. Try it.

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  14. Mike
    December 5, 2019 @ 1:49 PM

    I have installed WMC, apparently without incident but cannot get picture or sound from within the program. However, recordings to work correctly.

    I believe that the configuration of the program is correct. Can you suggest any remedial action?

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  15. Michael
    December 3, 2019 @ 5:55 PM

    I have set up WMC but get no picture or sound. However, recordings do work.

    I’m pretty sure the configuration is correct. Any ideas?

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  16. Terry
    November 27, 2019 @ 6:35 AM

    I have been running Windows Media Center using Xbox extender for 8 years. It is now time to upgrade my OS Win 7 to 10. I installed a fresh copy of Windows 10 on another computer to try and make sure it will work when I convert over to Win 10.

    WMC is able to retrieve the recorded files,& play music, however, it stops running and give an error and asks if you want to run a debugger. I don’t have a debugger. I tried this on another Win 10 machine and it fails with a decoder error.

    Please Help!

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  17. Arthur Sisson
    November 27, 2019 @ 1:10 AM

    I have an ASUS laptop with Win7 OS and a DTV card pre-installed.
    I was confident in upgraded to Win10 knowing that your program WMC-V8.8.4
    should keep DTV functioning.
    Unfortunately I have having some issues in loading this program.
    When I run the _TestRights.cmd file I get a blank black cmd box followed by a windows task box asking if I give permission for this program to make changes to Win10 OS. I select the ‘Yes’ box and then both the Windows task box and the blank cmd box disappear. I have tried to run the WMC program several but have the same result. I would appreciate your assistance

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  18. Tom Phillips
    November 20, 2019 @ 6:12 PM

    I have been hoping that someone would pick up on the program when micro soft ended it. It has been a mystery how it never caught on.

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  19. Clutch
    November 1, 2019 @ 8:11 AM

    I installed your version just after Windows updated my PC today to 1903. It installs nice. Luv seeing the little icon images back in the recorded listings. This time I installed the “Green”. Version. Problem is nothing plays? None of my recorded WMC nor any live “over the air” channels which I have around two dozen? Have no idea what the problem could be. I think I saw a WMCv8.8.4 version on a French website but can’t get the download link to work. I think it is trying to translate to English and is blanking out the whole webpage? Help!

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  20. Mike
    October 8, 2019 @ 3:50 PM

    Having just upgraded fron Windows 7, I really missed thw WMC and this superb to get it back
    on Windows 10. Everybody I asked said there was no way to get WMC on Windows 10. This has just proved them all wrong. Setup was very easy and everything is working as it did in Windows 7
    Can’t thank you enough for taking the time and trouble to bring this to Windows 10.
    Once again thanks a million!!!!

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  21. Gerry B
    October 4, 2019 @ 9:30 PM

    Installed fine but usin HD Homerun it does not find any tuners. Any ideas on what the oproblem is?

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  22. john benedetto
    September 30, 2019 @ 7:46 PM

    does the remote control still work

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  23. Matt
    September 28, 2019 @ 3:40 AM

    It’s such a pity that this application was withdrawn as the interface so well designed and integrated – particularly with the built-in tv tuner functionality. Microsoft concluded that there wasn’t enough demand to make it viable so haven’t sought to maintain it.

    For those using it on Windows 10, I believe you need to install the LAV filters to enable playback of much of the content, but I also found the TV functionality seemed to be broken under the later builds of Windows 10 and this seems to still be the experience for most commentators here.

    You can still buy it as an added feature under Windows 8.1 for $10 and it generally still works well aside from the possible need to untick the Retrieve CD album art, media information for DVDs…. setting as it causes Media Center to crash when you enter the Music section; (well at least it does for me and others). I’ve stuck with Windows 8.1 so I have the option of running it. I’d have stuck with Windows 7 if it would painlessly install on later hardware :)

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    • Stan
      January 14, 2020 @ 2:55 AM

      Where can you “still buy it as an added feature under Windows 8.1 for $10”? I don’t think that’s correct, but I would love to be wrong!

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      • Matt
        January 15, 2020 @ 1:21 AM

        In the control panel there was an “add features to windows” icon. I’m assuming it’s still there.

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  24. Matt
    September 28, 2019 @ 3:29 AM

    Re: Music. It appears to be an issue with the update service – perhaps the address has changed or something like that.

    You’ll need to disable that function by unticking Retrieve CD album art, media information for DVDs… (Within Windows Media Center > Settings > General > Automatic Download Options) and instead use Windows Explorer and Windows Media Player to manage your library.

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  25. Richard Flipp
    September 23, 2019 @ 9:19 PM

    II installed 1903 and it appeared all was ok until I went to watch tv and it would jump to the desktop screen? I have a triple boot (8.1,10 and10)and all was good on 1809 It now is still good on 8.1 But on10 (1903) I had to roll back the driver to get sound.
    I can watch a dvd, I get the guide but when I click on a channel it flashs back to the desktop. It was a fresh install of 1903

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  26. Bill
    September 21, 2019 @ 3:01 AM

    I have installed WMC in Windows 10 1903 and it seems to be working with the exception of the cursor. The cursor is not visible but movement seems to occur as things light up as the cursor passes over them..The mouse is USB and works fine with all the windows screens. Need advice.

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  27. Emiliano
    August 26, 2019 @ 1:43 AM

    Thanks a lot. But where did you put the file (.xml) where the scheduled recordings are written? It would be useful to know this during a system migration or a simple reinstallation of the program.

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  28. Mike
    August 7, 2019 @ 4:10 AM

    Can’t Scan TV channels WMC gets stuck near the end of examining channels.
    When I hit back or cancel it gets stuck with the spinning circle and I can’t close the program.

    Tuners are Win tv quad HD and Win tv HVR-2255
    I’ve tried for 3 days and nothing works. Using windows home single language
    Version 1903 Build 18362.239
    On windows 7 everything works fine

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  29. Matthew Goldsmith-Pollak
    July 22, 2019 @ 4:12 PM

    Thanks for download but it crashes when I try to play a TV channel in Windows 1903

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  30. Willem Lievaart
    July 16, 2019 @ 5:20 PM

    I have installed this WMC version on my PC but I when I want to update any library in WMC I get a notification that WMC is missing some files and must be restarted again. I have to close it down again and again so it won’t work for me,

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  31. Noku Tessoko
    July 15, 2019 @ 12:04 PM

    My WMC always closes itself in the music menu. I can only reproduce them through the search, if I enter the menu with the location of my media files, it closes. Otherwise, the other functions work.

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  32. Rasa
    July 1, 2019 @ 6:11 PM

    Thank You So Much .I Like lovely Widows Media Center.

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  33. Janet
    June 24, 2019 @ 5:23 AM

    Thank you. Love Windows Media Center.

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