True, this could possibly cause some level of fragmentation. Giving Vista the option would be good too but, XP, not sure about.spud72 wrote:The idea of W10 was to get people off of W7 & W8 on to the new platform - not sure why they don't offer it free to Vista & XP users too. Due to WMC not being included a lot of people will remain on W7 & W8 - sort of defeats the plan.
Hopefully MS will change their mind - how much will it cost them to recompile and maintain - not a huge amount of money I expect - fingers crossed that the EPG carries on going.
I also hope Microsoft will change their mind here, Windows Media Center DOES run under Windows 10 with a modification of the disc before you install it (at this point, not sure on RTM). So as for recompile, they got it running in 8.1 fine, so it should run under Windows 10 with very little issue from them.
I still see it as a Win-Win for Microsoft, charge $29.99 for it in the store, let people who want it, buy it and offer only website support for it (limiting the possible calls for support), a almost sold AS-IS product. They would not have to deal with a high level of support on it (just keeping the guide working).
You are 100% right here. You can stick with Windows 7 or 8 and Windows Media Center will run forever, till they kill guide data, and even from that point it will not just stop running. When they do kill off guide data, there is some 3rd party options to hack in guide data from other sources. As long as it can be automated to run in the background, there is no need to change from how it works now besides a yearly cost (3rd party options have a yearly fee).ajhieb wrote:Microsoft isn't forcing anyone to do anything and as of now they aren't taking away anything from anybody.
If you need to run WMC then stick with what you have. If you want to run Windows 10, then run that. If you want to do both, then buy a 2nd PC. Microsoft isn't stopping you from doing any of those things. You have all of the options you had prior to the Windows 10 announcement, plus one more.
Why I feel Microsoft should have an option for WMC in Windows 10. Standardization of the platform across the board, if WMC was an option and it was a free to upgrade and get WMC (if you owned WMC in your past version), more people would go, this would move more people off 7 and 8.1. Even if it was a paid option
Then the possible end of life getting shortened. This could be a problem for a lot of people. Microsoft has been known to move "end of life" dates on Windows, depending on usage. I'm not really worried about 7, I am kind of worried about 8/8.1, As 10 hits, more people will remove 8.1 and move to 10. Microsoft could drop the 2023 date and drop it down to 2018, or even lower. They did it before with Vista and XP (changing dates) this could be a problem for a lot of people.
This is human nature. Give me ANYONE on this forum that has fully read the license agreement when you installed Windows ? (not people who got OEM machine, people who installed Windows). I don't mean quickly going through it, I mean someone who fully read it and understands it. I would bet most of the people on this forum don't fully understand or just by passed it (clicked OK)ajhieb wrote: If MS never announced Windows 10 (or Windows 8 for that matter) No one would be complaining and everybody would be happily running Windows 7 with smiles on their faces, but as soon as Microsoft gave you a choice all of the sudden some people are acting like they're getting screwed over. Grow up. Not only are some people complaining about the prospect of choosing to keep their current setup for free or upgrading to the newest OS for free they have the audacity to complain on behalf of other hypothetical idiots. (and yes, if you blindly upgrade your OS without reading any of the warning presented to you, only to discover that some of your old stuff won't work then you are very much an idiot and got exactly what you deserved).
People will install it not thinking about the after effects, I agree people should do it but, most people esp non techy users wont. As long as Microsoft offers a full rollback option, I guess people could live with it.
Obviously, you clearly have an issue with Windows Media Center and Windows 10. You want it to die and for people to move on. So, riddle me this. DO you even use WMC ? Have you ? If you use a HTPC based option to watch TV etc, on your computer, what are you using ?ajhieb wrote:Somebody was complaining about the car analogy earlier... fine. Somebody come up with another analogy where you would have similar expectations from a vendor. Were people starting twitter campaigns against Denon and Onkyo when they dropped component video connectivity in favor of going all HDMI on their main receivers? Not that I saw. No, they recognized that it was the evolution of the industry and if they wanted to continue using their old component A/V devices they'd have to stick with the old equipment. But maybe if Denon and Onkyo were giving away their new receivers for free more people would have complained about it.
Is there a single aspect in life where this sort of behavior would be considered normal? I can't think of a single one.
If you want it to die, great, good for you, then move on, others still use it every day, and they people have a right to say how they feel.