WMC (which includes free program data downloads) hopefully should work until 2023 when Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 support is discontinued.(See previous post RIP Windows Media Center.) Update, 10/4/2016: My successful add of WMC to Win 10 was wiped out when my PC automatically received the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 Version 1607 on 9/24/2016.You would need to create a login there to see the post. But I recently got wind of another major Windows Update on its way, the Windows 10 Creators Update (Version 1703).As you might be knowing, Media Center is not a part of the Windows operating system any more.Earlier, we covered previously how the Windows Media Center issue can be partially solved in Windows 10 by using alternative apps as mentioned here: "Windows Media Center for Windows 10 – here is a solution".
Using the WMC version 8.8.1 zip file and instructions in this post at My Digital Life, I was able to get WMC working again.It was often misunderstood for simply being a fullscreen media player.Since there is nothing else from Microsoft that is a substitute for the TV functionality, the loss of Media Center came as a shock to many home theatre PC (HTPC) enthusiasts. Many people have adopted the "cord cutting" phenomenon and dumped their TV subscriptions in favor of internet-based subscriptions like Netflix or they resort to piracy since almost anything is readily available on the internet.However, some enterprising hobbyists figured out ways to install WMC and make it run anyhow.As of this date, the free installer program referenced below is the one to use.