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

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

  1. alexamac

    alexamac MDL Novice

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    Very many thanks for your patience and efforts. All set up.

    Great to have live TV back. Guide search would be great.
     
  2. pashyperpon22

    pashyperpon22 MDL Novice

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    Hello,
    I am French and you only read my Google translation.
    I want to thank everyone who works so that WMC can still be used under W10.
    Thanks to Remi and the windowsmediacenter.fr site, I managed to use WMC until May 2020 under W10 19.03 and since July, I can use it under W10 20.04 thanks to Tecnodevotee

    However I am a little worried:

    - the French site windowsmediacenter.fr will soon close, it talks about giving up maintaining WMC under W10
    - Technodevotee which managed to make WMC work under W10 20.04 no longer gives access to its version WMC-V13_x64.zip and talks about stopping distributing its patches from mid-September ... (technodevotee.co. uk / WMC-Downloads.htm)

    Can you tell me if I will have to settle for mediocre alternatives (schibopvr or other ...) in the future? Are so few of us still using WMC?
    Good WE to all and ... give me good news "please"

    Christophe

    Bonjour,
    Je suis francophone et vous ne lisez que ma traduction par Google.
    Je souhaite remercier tous ceux qui travaillent pour que WMC puisse toujours être utilisé sous W10.
    Grace à Remi et le site windowsmediacenter.fr, j'ai réussi à utiliser WMC jusqu'en mai 2020 sous W10 19.03 et depuis juillet, je peux l'utiliser sous W10 20.04 grace à Tecnodevotee

    Cependant je suis un peu inquiet :

    - le site francophone windowsmediacenter.fr va bientôt fermer, il parle de renoncer à maintenir WMC sous W10
    - Technodevotee qui a réussi a faire fonctionner WMC sous W10 20.04 ne donne plus accès à sa version WMC-V13_x64.zip et parle de cesser de diffuser ses patchs à partir de mi-septembre... (technodevotee.co.uk/WMC-Download

    Pouvez-vous me dire si je devrai, à l'avenir, me contenter des médiocres alternatives (schibopvr ou autre...) ? Sommes nous si peu nombreux à encore utiliser WMC ?
    Bon WE à tous et... rassurez moi "please"

    Christophe
     
  3. plplplpl

    plplplpl MDL Novice

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    L'avenir est toujours quelque peu incertain, mais pour le présent WMC fonctionne encore sous Windows 10 2004 avec les procédures expliquées ici récemment. Ne perds pas foi. :)
     
  4. technodevotee

    technodevotee MDL Senior Member

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    @pashyperpon22

    I believe there is a new version of WMC in the pipeline from @Kévin Chalet that will address all the issues we currently face.

    I too live in hope.

    As for V13, my add-ons and utilities, they were only ever meant to be a stop-gap solution and I have decided to stop providing them due to security concerns.
     
  5. technodevotee

    technodevotee MDL Senior Member

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    how do you mean? you have guide data but can't search or you don't have guide data to search?

    either way, this can probably be resolved.....
     
  6. Kévin Chalet

    Kévin Chalet MDL Junior Member

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    #10246 Kévin Chalet, Aug 29, 2020
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2020
    Haha, perfect timing: I just finished working on an updated 8.8.5 installer that contains the 4 Microsoft SQL CE DLLs and a RestoreSqlCe.reg file with all the corresponding COM registrations (it is automatically imported by the main installer BAT, so no additional step is required).

    I'm looking for volunteers to test it. If you're interested, let me know.
     
  7. technodevotee

    technodevotee MDL Senior Member

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    I've started a conversation....
     
  8. Bigal

    Bigal MDL Member

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    I'm always willing to help
    let me know what u want need me to do
     
  9. Kévin Chalet

    Kévin Chalet MDL Junior Member

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    #10249 Kévin Chalet, Aug 29, 2020
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2020
    Yeah, it's very unfortunate Remi decided to shut windowsmediacenter.fr down. It was one of the last sites that was entirely dedicated to WMC (luckily, TGB and MDL are still here).
    I briefly chatted with him and suggested copying all the content from windowsmediacenter.fr to a dedicated GitHub repo (so that all his work could still be accessed by those interested). No idea whether it will happen or not.
     
  10. Kévin Chalet

    Kévin Chalet MDL Junior Member

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    FWIW, restoring the 4 DLLs in System32 and all their COM registrations in the registry is the approach I've adopted in 8.8.5. I initially tried with a custom assembly manifest, but this approach was more complicated than I had anticipated:
    - There are tons of WMC executables that directly use the WMC database (and thus would need to have an application manifest for the 4 SQLCE .dlls).
    - I hit a strange issue that made WMC sluggish when loading a channel for the first time and that prevented the recording service from working properly. Not sure why as I didn't investigate much, but it's very likely related to the symptoms you described.

    In this case, restoring the 4 DLLs in System32 doesn't have any annoying downside, as they no longer ship with Windows itself, and thus don't cause any conflict (e.g they won't be flagged by the sfc tool).
    Restoring them this way also comes with a cool bonus: you can still use third-party apps that work with the WMC database (e.g like EPG123) without tweaking them to use custom manifests.
     
  11. rhahgleuhargh

    rhahgleuhargh MDL Member

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    Hi Kevin,
    I'm interested ! Actually I use V8.8.4 with re enabled SQL in W10 2004 (French system with TNT), all is OK. I have an other computer that I could use for tests.
    Thanks for your work, you and technodevotee !
    A suggestion for this topic : can someone edit first post with latest WMC versions links (V13, 8.8.4). Downloading from here could avoid corrupted files/security problems.
     
  12. plplplpl

    plplplpl MDL Novice

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    That would indeed be a helpful idea as it is a logical place to look, especially in a thread that already has over 500 pages.
     
  13. Kévin Chalet

    Kévin Chalet MDL Junior Member

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    @rhahgleuhargh PM sent :)

    Once I'm 8.8.5 doesn't cause any side effect, I'll contact the OP to update it.
     
  14. Blue-Screen

    Blue-Screen MDL Novice

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    Give me a notice, if you want me to try 8.8.5
     
  15. Kévin Chalet

    Kévin Chalet MDL Junior Member

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  16. oldnav11

    oldnav11 MDL Novice

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    I,d, likewize, be happy to test 8.8.5.
     
  17. cefeide

    cefeide MDL Novice

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  18. technodevotee

    technodevotee MDL Senior Member

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  19. Kévin Chalet

    Kévin Chalet MDL Junior Member

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    @technodevotee nope, not in this version, but it's something I'd like to do (we'll need to collect all the MUI files for the supported languages, tho).