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Windows Media Center -- missing anything useful?

Mark Phelps

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I had originally installed Win8 32-bit from a DVD, and then added WMC later. Then even later, I upgraded to Win8.1. Don't remember whether or not I then added WMC again -- it's been so long ago.

But recently, I decided to start over (due to daily problems with Win8.1 32-bit), and did a clean install of Win8.1 Pro 64bit from an ISO that I downloaded from MS.

Then recently, I remembered that I did not to anything this time to add WMC, and when I go into adding Windows features, WMP is listed (as already installed) but there is no entry for WMC.

I nearly always use VLC to play media files anyway ... so I was wondering, am I missing anything useful by NOT having WMC? And if so, how do I go about reinstalling WMC -- is this an "upgrade" again?
 

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pbcopter

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I use it for my TV cards. I find it very good for that.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 with Media Center, Windows 10 Pro x64, Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1
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    PC/Desktop
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    Custom System
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    INTEL Xeon E5-2670 LGA 2011
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    Gigabyte GA X79 UD5 v1.0 F13s
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    2 x Samsung S27E310
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    Seasonic X-1050
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    INTEL BXRTS2011LC Liquid-cooled
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    Logitech G510s
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    Microsoft Wireless Explorer Mouse
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CountMike

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I doubt there ever was a clunkier entertainment center SW ever, nothing worked for me. VLC, KMPlayer/Pot player and dedicated TV card player fill up all my needs without any hassle.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home made
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen7 2700x
    Motherboard
    Asus Prime x470 Pro
    Memory
    16GB Kingston 3600
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus strix 570 OC 4gb
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 960 evo 250GB
    Silicon Power V70 240GB SSD
    WD 1 TB Blue
    WD 2 TB Blue
    Bunch of backup HDDs.
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    Sharkoon, Silent Storm 660W
    Case
    Raidmax
    Cooling
    CCM Nepton 140xl
    Internet Speed
    40/2 Mbps
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    Firefox
    Antivirus
    WD
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