[DISCUSSION] Patch WMC to run on Windows 10 final & possible alternatives

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by ricktendo64, May 8, 2015.

  1. ssevan

    ssevan MDL Novice

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    Hi. I have wmc 8.8.1 running on windows 10. Recordings play full screen 16x9 purfectly in wmc but when i try to play recordings in kodi i get black bar on top. If i zoom to 1.02 in kodi the black bar goes away. I even tried recording with nextpvr and i get same black bar in playback on nextpvr and kodi. Same blackbar on playback on other windows 10 pc and android tv. Anybody know how this can be fixed? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. pmikep

    pmikep MDL Novice

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    #9062 pmikep, Feb 15, 2019
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    I saw the announcement that Microsoft was discontinuing metadata for WMP. I didn't understand all the language in the announcement. But I assumed that meant that Microsoft would no longer support the EPG for WMC.

    Consistent with my assumption, the EPG doesn't download any data anymore from my WMC 8.8.2 install in Win8.1.

    However, to my surprise the EPG is still downloading data in my OEM WMC install in Win7. (Arizona, USA.)

    So apparently the MS server is still working but something is different in my ehome directory between Win8.1 and 7.

    Any thoughts how to get the Guide working in my 8.8.2 install?

    (I found the instructions for installing EPG123. But easier for me for now to try to get ehome working in Win8.1 the same as in Win7.)
     
  3. mmortal03

    mmortal03 MDL Novice

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    I don't know if it will help, but there are alternative IP addresses out there to put in your hosts file that have helped people in the past. Do a google search for "data.tvdownload.microsoft.com" and try the IP addresses that people have suggested.
     
  4. marcustaz

    marcustaz MDL Novice

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    EPG123 is 100x better for accurate guide data. Well worth the subscription and donation to EPG123 creator
     
  5. marcustaz

    marcustaz MDL Novice

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    Alternate IP will not help as MS is discontinuing the service ...
     
  6. ktide1

    ktide1 MDL Novice

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    Just go with EPG123 and never look back. You won't regret it.


    Spot on. No need to drive yourself nuts dealing with MS anymore. EPG123 + Schedule Direct is the ticket, at least in the US.
     
  7. pmikep

    pmikep MDL Novice

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    Host files are the same (untouched) in my Win7 and Win8.1.

    I realize that the final answer is to go with EPG123. But now it's a puzzle as to why WMC downloads the EPG in Win7 but doesn't in Win8.1. (I checked to see if my firewall was blocking it. Doesn't appear to be.)

    I did a cursory comparison of the ehome directory in Win7 and those put in by 8.8.2 in Win8.1. They appear to be the same.

    I might try copying over the Win7 ehome to Win8.1 to see if that changes anything.
     
  8. pioneerfreq

    pioneerfreq MDL Novice

    Feb 15, 2019
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    Greetings,

    By this afternoon, I will have a freshly imaged, Windows 8.1 pro system with all updates applied. I will be using a Hauppauge Wintv-hvr-2255 but only for composite video capture from a set top cable box. I prefer the k-lite codec pack as opposed to shark007 so I will install that as well. Which WMC install should I use to hopefully avoid the "copying prohibited" DRM issue with live TV?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  9. pioneerfreq

    pioneerfreq MDL Novice

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    #9070 pioneerfreq, Feb 17, 2019
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2019
    I'm not sure I understand what this means.

    As far as I know, Shark007 has two installs available: Advanced and Standard so are you saying I should install the Standard?

    So, should I use the 8.8.1 or 12.7 WMC install?
     
  10. pioneerfreq

    pioneerfreq MDL Novice

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    On Windows 8.1 or Windows 10?
     
  11. marcustaz

    marcustaz MDL Novice

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    Someone with knowledge please help me out. I continue to get system files modified when trying to watch DRM content. I have a virgin install of 1511, the latest French installer and everything works perfect except DRM. I've gone through the reset DRM process WMC setup let it auto download Playready etc but still this issue when trying to play DRM. Thanks in Advance for any help.
     
  12. test10

    test10 MDL Novice

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    On both. I use Windows 8.1 for my HTPC, and Windows 10 on my laptop.

    I use an OTA tuner with an antenna so no DRM stuff.
     
  13. wizeone

    wizeone MDL Novice

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    i hope someone can help me!!

    my main hard drive(m2 ssd) ran out of room so i got a new one and did a fresh install of win 10 pro(1809). i downloaded and install 8.8.2 and wmc starts, but when i try to setup live tv it tells me no tuners found, but yet in the registry(Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Media Center\Service\ehPrivJob\LocalPbdaSWTunerDevices) it shows all 3 tuners of my hdhomerunprime.

    is there any hope, i have tried looking through alot of threads but havent been able to find something that makes any headway.

    thanks in advance.
     
  14. marcustaz

    marcustaz MDL Novice

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    I gave up on 1809 and installed a, copy of 1511 and disabled updates Fixed the tuner issue, able to watch TV now but no DRM, I get the System Files Modified...
     
  15. pioneerfreq

    pioneerfreq MDL Novice

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    Same here. Before installing codecs, I get "codec error" after installing codecs, I get "copying prohibited" (DRM) error with live TV.
     
  16. marcustaz

    marcustaz MDL Novice

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    I wish I got the copying prohibited I get System Files modified and the only way to use WMC after that is to shut it down and restart it. I've tried the Win DVD player shark007 codecs to no avail Wish someone with knowledge would post with a solution. Trying to read through 400+ pages and or using the search function has not yielded any definitive results for me. . :(
     
  17. pmikep

    pmikep MDL Novice

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    So, for grins I copied the ehome directory from my Win7 (where the EPG still updates) to Win8.1 (where the EGP no longer updates.)

    (I renamed the old ehome in Win8.1 so that I could get it back if needed.)

    When I run WMC in Win8.1, I get a message that I need to install .NET Framework 2.5/3. Which makes sense. But I don't want to do that.

    I can't imagine that the EPG server is looking to see what version of .NET one had. So maybe the EPG server is sniffing the OS used?

    In any event, as of this writing, I can still update the EPG from within Win7.

    I'm curious if anyone running WMC in Win10 is still able to update the Guide? That would kind of affirm my hypothesis that the server is sniffing the OS.
     
  18. ktide1

    ktide1 MDL Novice

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    You cannot use 1809 on cable card, period. This has been addressed many times in this thread already. Best bet for Windows 10 is probably 1511 - DO NOT UPDATE - you have to somehow lock down all updates. There are various ways, search the thread. Windows 10 updates will break cable card over and over again. If you can't deal with locked down updates, best bet is to drop back to Win 7 or 8.1.