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After you agree to you free upgrade offer to Window 10, you will be surprised to learn that the new version of the operating system wipes your Windows 7 or 8 Media Center and prompts you to buy a new app dubbed Windows DVD Player from it online store.
And the new app does not come cheap. It costs $14.99, which is kind of hefty if you think about all the free alternatives out there including the popular VLC player.
Although the move may not seem very fair, users reported that they were informed by the OS’s upgrade tool that Windows Media Center would vanish. Plus you can learn about it from Windows 10 upgrade website. It is written in small letters, at the bottom of the page under the Windows 10 specifications list. There you can also learn that upgrading to the latest version will leave you without other time-killing features including Hearts, Solitaire and Minesweeper.
But there’s a bright side. Microsoft agreed to give away Windows DVD Player to all users that had Media Center on their devices before the update. So, all Windows 7 users will get the app for free. But it doesn’t go also for Windows 8 users or the people who actually bought a Windows 10 copy or got it preinstalled on a device they purchased.
Additionally, for the money you pay or you would have to pay, you may expect the new app to be a revamped, feature rich version of the old Media Center. Instead it is just an ordinary-looking player (pictured above) that can only run DVDs and no DVDs or VOB files.
Also, it lacks a lot of the cool features we were accustomed with when using Media Center. Windows DVD Player doesn’t have the DVR feature, and it doesn’t allow you to manage your content, or make a slideshow.
Surprisingly, you will have to take money out of your pocket to buy the app if you decide to format your disk before upgrading to Windows 10. It is written on the official website. You can only erase files or apps after you install Windows 10. If you choose to perform a clean install, Windows DVD Player won’t come free.
Additionally, Windows insiders, who were enrolled in Windows Insider Program more than a month before the official release date, may find it rather complicated to benefit from the free offer of the Windows DVD Player.
The official site notes that the app is “tied” to the previous versions of the OS (Windows 7/ 8 with Media Center). So, if they want the player for free, Windows Insiders need to reinstall the previous versions and then upgrade to Windows 10. If you choose another path, you are no longer eligible for the free offer.
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