If you’ve missed the Windows Media Centre, you’ll be pleased to hear that you can find the Windows Media Centre SDK for Windows 7 on GitHub; thanks to Charlie Owen, former Program Manager at Microsoft.
Windows Media Centre was Microsoft’s solution for an all-in-one media application, which included support for TV tuners and DVR functionality.
Eventually, low usage led to a halt in development following the release of Windows 7. After this, you could only buy Windows Media Centre as a paid add-on on Windows 8/8.1- it’s no longer officially supported on Windows 10.
Owen worked on the Windows Media centre from 2004 to 2009, and believes that sharing the SDK would help in “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.”
With a lot of effort, the SDK can be used to create plug-ins and extensions for the now defunct Windows Media Centre, making the code more useful for archival and archaeological purposes than actual development.
These days, custom versions of Windows Media Centre that were created by independent developers are available. Alternatively, you can use apps like Kodi or Plex, which are alternatives to Windows Media Centre.