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

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

  1. SimonR

    SimonR MDL Novice

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    Apologies if this has been posted before, but I figured it would be quicker and less cumbersome just to post my query rather than search through this mammoth thread. I am trying to install Windows Media Center following the instructions at the following link: https :// www. howtogeek. com /258695/how-to-install-windows-media-center-on-windows-10/

    However, I get the following error message in the Command Prompt when trying to install WMC (open the link minus the space):

    imgur .com/j2Pk5z3

    Now the article is fairly old (July 4 2017) and I would imagine subsequent changes have been made to Windows 10 which make this current method of installation impossible. However, going by recent posts it seems it is still possible to install WMC on Windows 10, so does this method still work with some modification, or do I have to do something entirely different?
     
  2. SimonR

    SimonR MDL Novice

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    Didn't work again, sorry. I followed your steps 1-4 but came up with the same error message in the command prompt, after running the Installer command (I can't find a file with a name InstallerBLUE.cmd anywhere in the WMC folder).

    The files are stored in a folder called WMC64 on the C drive. Here's what it looks like when you open it (this is only my second post and I can't do images):

    [Subfolder] bin
    [Files]
    _ReadMe.txt
    _TestRights.cmd
    BackupRestoreSettings.cmd
    Installer.cmd
    Uninstaller.cmd
    Workarounds.txt

    I'd suggest you look at the link I posted upthread (minus the spaces) and for comparison, post a link to whatever page you used to successfully install WMC, thanks.
     
  3. SimonR

    SimonR MDL Novice

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    Oh sorry, I missed that link which you’d already posted, I will try that download.
     
  4. SimonR

    SimonR MDL Novice

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    I'm afraid I've got stuck at step 6 as I can't find the fix_MSSQLLite.cmd file and I have set Windows 10 to show all hidden files and folders. This is what the WMC-V8.8.4 folder looks like my end on opening:

    [Subfolder] bin
    [Files]
    _ReadMe.txt
    _TestRights.cmd
    8.7-8.8-QuickFix.reg
    BackupRestoreSettings.cmd
    InstallerBLUE.cmd
    InstallerGREEN.cmd
    ResetSettings.cmd
    Uninstaller.cmd
    Workarounds.txt
     
  5. SimonR

    SimonR MDL Novice

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    Awesome plplplpl, I have just successfully installed WMC after I was on the verge of giving up yesterday morning! I can't think why Microsoft discontinued it, I'm sure Windows DVD Player isn't the same thing.

    It was the WMC Wikipedia article that led me to this site (what was that nonsense of "This claim needs references to better sources" about? It was this source that led me to finally install this software!).

    Thanks very much!
     
  6. technodevotee

    technodevotee MDL Senior Member

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    I think it is because they link to a very old installer. 8.8.4 is hard to find unless you know where to look.
     
  7. alexamac

    alexamac MDL Novice

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    I just had 2004 hoisted on me before I am ready, losing WMC.

    First will you tell me how to find V8.8.4. I have one zipped one which is 88,220kb.Is that it? I unzipped it into C:\\WMC8.8.4. Uninstalled. Rebooted. It doesn't open after installing. Rebooted.

    I have <restore_mssqllite.zip> which is 825 kb. I unzipped it into C:\\WMC8.8.4. Ran it It doesn't open after installing.It doesn't open after installing.

    What should I be doing?
     
  8. technodevotee

    technodevotee MDL Senior Member

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    please show us the contents of c:\wmc8.8.4
     
  9. alexamac

    alexamac MDL Novice

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    bin
    WMC-V8.8.4
    restore mssqllite readme.txt
    restore_MSSQLLite.cmd

    bin
    MSSqllite.regrestore_MSSQLLite.bat
    sqlcecompact40.dll
    sqlceoledb40.dll
    sqlceqp40.dll
    sqlcese40.dll

    WMC-V8.8.4
    bin
    _ReadMe.txt
    _TestRights.cmd
    8.7-8.8-QuickFix.reg
    BackupRestoreSettings.cmd
    InstallerBLUE.cmd
    InstallerGREEN.cmd
    ResetSettings.cmd
    Uninstaller.cmd
    Workarounds.txt

    bin
    ehres etc
     
  10. technodevotee

    technodevotee MDL Senior Member

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    #10234 technodevotee, Aug 28, 2020
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2020
    your directory listing has got rather mangled but basically, you need to put the files in the first list into wmc-v8.8.4 and the files in the second list into wmc-v8.4.4\bin, as per the readme.

    all the cmd files should be in the same folder and all the bat files should be in the bin folder below.
     
  11. alexamac

    alexamac MDL Novice

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    Thanks. I will try it in the morning.
     
  12. alexamac

    alexamac MDL Novice

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    Will you shoe how it should look?
     
  13. technodevotee

    technodevotee MDL Senior Member

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    #10237 technodevotee, Aug 28, 2020
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2020
    Code:
     Volume in drive C has no label.
     Volume Serial Number is 16FC-89C0
    
     Directory of C:\temp\wmc-v8.8.4
    
    28/08/2020  14:33    <DIR>          .
    28/08/2020  14:33    <DIR>          ..
    12/08/2016  01:32               950 8.7-8.8-QuickFix.reg
    07/08/2016  02:42             1,932 BackupRestoreSettings.cmd
    28/08/2020  15:50    <DIR>          bin
    10/08/2016  20:23             1,299 InstallerBLUE.cmd
    10/08/2016  20:22             1,302 InstallerGREEN.cmd
    07/08/2016  02:39               740 ResetSettings.cmd
    28/08/2020  14:34               428 restore_MSSQLLite.cmd
    06/07/2016  08:54             1,341 Uninstaller.cmd
    07/08/2016  02:59             4,957 Workarounds.txt
    11/04/2019  18:26             7,760 _ReadMe.txt
    07/08/2016  02:43               855 _TestRights.cmd
                  10 File(s)         21,564 bytes
    
     Directory of C:\temp\wmc-v8.8.4\bin
    
    28/08/2020  15:50    <DIR>          .
    28/08/2020  15:50    <DIR>          ..
    20/09/2015  03:54            93,523 Acl
    13/09/2015  07:17           134,535 AclClass
    16/09/2015  09:26            18,908 AclSoft
    13/09/2015  07:21             2,906 AclSoftWow
    12/09/2015  00:08               448 AclSys
    12/07/2016  15:41             8,628 AclTaskCache
    15/08/2020  20:34    <DIR>          ehres
    11/08/2016  20:43           247,316 Install.reg
    10/08/2016  23:48            21,866 InstallBLUE.bat
    10/08/2016  23:49            21,866 InstallGREEN.bat
    15/08/2020  20:34    <DIR>          MediaCenter
    18/09/2019  08:15               659 MSSqllite.reg
    14/12/2015  21:39            18,432 NSudoC.exe
    12/07/2016  12:48            32,256 ntrights.exe
    28/08/2020  14:35               628 restore_MSSQLLite.bat
    10/09/2012  21:23           559,528 SetACL.exe
    19/03/2019  12:41           139,776 sqlcecompact40.dll
    19/03/2019  12:41           205,312 sqlceoledb40.dll
    19/03/2019  12:41           920,064 sqlceqp40.dll
    19/03/2019  12:41           524,800 sqlcese40.dll
    15/08/2020  20:36    <DIR>          Tasks
    24/07/2019  17:13            21,024 Uninstall.bat
    11/09/2015  20:02            71,758 Uninstall.reg
    13/11/2015  00:04         9,568,256 windows10.0-kb3106246-x64.msi
                  21 File(s)     12,612,489 bytes
    
    
     
  14. alexamac

    alexamac MDL Novice

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    Many thanks. Fingers crossed. Alexa
     
  15. alexamac

    alexamac MDL Novice

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    bin
    WMC-V8.8.4
    restore mssqllite readme.txt
    restore_MSSQLLite.cmd

    bin
    MSSqllite.regrestore_MSSQLLite.bat
    sqlcecompact40.dll
    sqlceoledb40.dll
    sqlceqp40.dll
    sqlcese40.dll

    WMC-V8.8.4
    bin
    _ReadMe.txt
    _TestRights.cmd
    8.7-8.8-QuickFix.reg
    BackupRestoreSettings.cmd
    InstallerBLUE.cmd
    InstallerGREEN.cmd
    ResetSettings.cmd
    Uninstaller.cmd
    Workarounds.txt

    bin
    ehres etc
     
  16. alexamac

    alexamac MDL Novice

    Jul 7, 2017
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    bin
    WMC-V8.8.4
    restore mssqllite readme.txt
    restore_MSSQLLite.cmd

    bin
    MSSqllite.regrestore_MSSQLLite.bat
    sqlcecompact40.dll
    sqlceoledb40.dll
    sqlceqp40.dll
    sqlcese40.dll

    WMC-V8.8.4
    bin
    _ReadMe.txt
    _TestRights.cmd
    8.7-8.8-QuickFix.reg
    BackupRestoreSettings.cmd
    InstallerBLUE.cmd
    InstallerGREEN.cmd
    ResetSettings.cmd
    Uninstaller.cmd
    Workarounds.txt

    bin
    ehres etc