WMC 8.8.3 for Win 10

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WMC 8.8.3 for Win 10


Post by jachin99 » Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:10 am

I know this was mentioned elsewhere but I still see older versions brought up in this forum, and the thread over at MDL is a lot for someone to dive into all at once so here it is. Kevin Chalet has created an updated installer package for WMC on windows 10. Stinkyimp also brought this up in Win 8 forums over here.

Here is a copy from his announcement on MDL from this post: https://forums.mydigitallife.net/thread ... st-1515101

Here is the announcement on the French WMC site: https://www.windowsmediacenter.fr/2019/ ... isponible/

It's really impressive to see how active the Windows Media Center community is, these days

Today, I'm very excited to announce the release of the 8.8.3 package (based on our previous 8.8.2 installer), in collaboration with @lachape_one, who owns the windowsmediacenter.fr blog (on which a corresponding blog post should be posted soon).

mega.nz/#!qegV2IgI!eqZBWXEEF6Lq7wSoNYcISM_6msgpXZITfYo677E4vWA (sorry for not posting that as a proper link, but it's my first post here)

As usual, don't forget to unblock the .zip file before extracting it.

Here's the change log:

- The installer was updated to create a .lnk file pointing to the Windows Media Center Systray executable in the ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp folder.
Unlike Windows 7, Windows 10 doesn't seem to have a magical way to automatically launch it when booting. Yet, the WMC Systray is responsible of fairly critical tasks, like allowing to start Windows Media Center using the green button of RC6 remotes, showing a red button in the Windows task bar when TV programs are being recorded and even warning the user when rebooting the system if TV shows are still being recorded (to prevent accidental reboots). This release fixes that by explicitly starting the WMC Systray at boot time.

- To support EPG program icons pointing to HTTPS servers that no longer support TLS 1.0/1.1 (and now require TLS 1.2), ehshell.exe.config was updated to allow Windows Media Center to use the default TLS versions provided by the operating system (which currently includes TLS 1.2 and will include TLS 1.3 once it's supported by Windows).
Note: this change has no effect if .NET Framework 4.7 or a newer version is not installed on the machine.

For those interested in reading more about the method used for making WMC TLS 1.2-compatible, I blogged about it on my personal blog: kevinchalet.com/2019/04/11/forcing-an-old-net-application-to-support-tls-1-2-without-recompiling-it/



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Post by SpencerC » Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:31 pm

Thanks Jacin99. Any word if they added support for cable card tuners?


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Post by jachin99 » Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:44 pm

I think I have seen some references to dvb link working in later versions of win 10 but nothing deffinitive. There seems to be more progress on it lately than there was in 2017 or 2018 though and that's just my rough observation. I'm keeping an eye on the thread and posting anything interesting over here.


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Post by 1ST1 » Fri Apr 26, 2019 8:57 am

Hello, does 8.3.3 run in 1809 and 1903? My HTPC still runs with 1803, and I am courious if I can upgrade when using v8.3.3.

How to update without loosing TV channels, library and recording settings, etc. ?


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Post by EZEd » Fri Apr 26, 2019 1:01 pm

I have a question that I can't seem to find answer to. I was a 7MC user for many years because I had cablecard with Time Warner/Spectrum. We moved 2 years ago and the area Im in doesnt have cable. We have AT&T two wire ( not fiber/uverse). The only other alternative is satellite ( not going back to that).

Right now Im using native Emby (not the WMC plugin) for OTA TV and Directv Now for non-OTA. For a while I had Hdhomerun Premium but we know how that ended up.

Now the question. With the new versions of Win10 WMC and Modern Media UI+ is there a way to bring streaming TV services into WMC environment for local record?

Im okay with DirecTV Now but would switch in a minute if there was a streaming service compatible with WMC recording. Is anyone working on such between the two initiatives?

Any info would be helpful.


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Post by DavidinCT » Fri Apr 26, 2019 6:35 pm

SpencerC wrote:
Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:31 pm
Thanks Jacin99. Any word if they added support for cable card tuners?
Do not get your hopes up for cablecards. I don't think it's an item you will ever see, unless you go back to 7 or 8.1 (and installing this version). Cablecards depend on PlayReady, a early version. Microsoft completely gutted it form the newer versions of Windows 10, this is what broke cablecards on 10. So, other DRM programs that depended on Windows Media Player tech was disabled, this includes Zune and many other smaller music providers. The DRM'ed content from them is no longer playable in Windows 10.

To use cablecards in Windows, you NEED playready installed with Windows components as part of it. You also have the fact that most of the hackers who create these builds, don't reside in the USA, so they don't use cablecards with no need to get them working.

Would love to see this myself but, I know it will never happen....sad to say...

Does this do any hacks like past hacks of WMC.... Like playing video over RDP, or disabling the 4K too high res message when starting WMC ?
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Post by cmal » Sun Apr 28, 2019 10:03 pm

upfront the basics about my system:
Intel Kaby Lake with HD6200; twintuner DVB S2; Win10 LTSC 2019 x64; Intel driver with display audio;

I observe three problems with this package:
- the slide show screen saver does not engage; I see just a black screen;
- when I press the "mute" button the speaker symbol with the "x" appears but the sound continues;
- after a longer time in the not working screensaver (e.g. after having paused), playback does not work anymore ("video error") and mediacenter restarts or I have to restart manually;

are there any suggestions?


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Post by PrplHaz4 » Sun May 19, 2019 1:55 pm

I seem to be having more luck replacing the DLLs as they disappear than using the new installers. Would be nice if there were a github repo or something that would do a better job of capturing issues/fixes and updates to these installers as they come out.

In order to overwrite MSVidCtl.dll this time, I had to first stop the "Windows Media Center Receiver" service.

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