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Windows Media Center IS in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview


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Now that I have the Windows 8 Consumer Preview installed, I wanted to check on Windows Media Center – and it is there!

WMC in Win 8

It appears to be the same as the Windows 7 Media Center app, so it’s not been “metro’d” just yet, but at least its there.

Have you tried the consumer preview yet?

Andrew Edney
Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.


  1. I had to hunt around to find where to start Media Center, it’s hard enough to find it in Windows 7, geeze.

    Anyway, I did an upgrade from Windows 7 Ultimate to Windows 8, it went well. So I added my 360 as an extender. That’s working. I have MediaBrowser in Media Center and that came up all nice on the 360, so no issues there.

    • I’d be happy if MS offered a paid plug in that provides native blu ray support. I know there are other ways to make this happen, but we shouldn’t have to use media browers to launch 3rd party players in a program conveniently called “Windows Media Center”

  2. tuners and guide all work? If not I’ll try analogue cable and astc and report back. I’ll probably have to appy the astc hack since I’m in Canada.

  3. mce150 and hvr1600 install oob. I’m in Canada so I used the win7 hack to force the astc. So far no joy, the guide is not present. The hacks seemed to install fine from the command prompt.

  4. Kind of tells you what Microsoft is thinking here. All that effort on the Metro interface, and yet they have not even touched Windows Media Center. Have you really seen any substantial changes in this app since it’s inception?

    Tell me that this couldn’t have been the Metro killer app … Windows tablet/phone touch screen control, etc…

    Hate to say it folks, but Microsoft can’t see the forest from the trees when it comes to home entertainment/Media/TV. Their solution? Hope you cable provider supports the XBOX platform as a cable box (Comcast/ Verizon Fios) so they can sell more XBOX’es.

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