Microsoft’s Windows Media Center was once a mainstay of the Windows platform, a love/hate it service that many of us lived with back in the good old days. Truth be told, when the company decided to not front-face Windows Media Player with the launch of Windows 8, no-one offered much resistance. Still, nostalgia is a funny thing.

Many users still miss Windows Media Player, despite its last stable release coming with Windows 7. Of course, people have found ways to get the service working on Windows 10. If you miss the Media Player, you should check out GitHub because an SDK for the feature is now available.

Reported by The Register, the SDK is not an official Microsoft release, but it has ties to the company. That’s because it was developed by Charlie Owen, who used to work for the Redmond giant until 2014.


In his GitHub project notes, Owen says:

“Preserving a bit of history for the diaspora that created Windows Media Center (the ‘eHome’ team at Microsoft) since the actual installer has gone missing from the original download link.”

For Interest Only

So, as this is a development kit, that means you can start playing with Media Center, right? Well, no. Microsoft’s service is not supported any more, so you can’t really do a lot with it. However, you can delve deeper into what used to make this classic piece of Windows software tick.

If that pique’s your curiosity, you can check out the Windows Media Center SDK via the project page here.