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  1. #51

    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Pro

    I've already got mine

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  2. #52

    Portland, Oregon, USA
    Posts : 182
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows Server 2012 R2 x64

    Firstly, would just like to say that everyone who is complaining about not getting their WMC Product Key yet, well, you have to remember that it's a FREE offer and Microsoft isn't obligated to give anyone anything. They are, after all, a for-profit corporation, not a charity. So just be patient and wait. As for me, I have bought an Upgrade Product Key from Microsoft online (for 8 Pro), and used this free offer to get a free key. I also obtained another 8 Pro copy from Wal-Mart, for use on my other laptop, an UltraBook by ASUS. So now I've submitted one of my other email addresses in an attempt to get a 2nd WMC key for my 2nd copy of 8 Pro. It looks like the offer is limited to 1 key per email address. I'm hoping to get a 3rd WMC key for my netbook once I buy another 8 Pro key in a few days.

    But I do have a few questions. It says on the offer's webpage that you have no later than 01-31-2013 to activate the key. I've already activated the 1st WMC key on my gaming laptop but have done multiple reinstalls of 8. So..........does this mean that I'll no longer be able to use that key after Jan. 31st regardless of the fact that I've already used it, or does it mean that I only need to activate it 1 time before the 31st, and then it will remain usable after that as long as I've initially activated it before the deadline? I have every intention of initially activating each key after I receive them, before the deadline, but want to make sure that they will remain usable permanently after that. Because I have heard that some Product Keys for certain MS products are time-limited and have an activation limit as well, regardless of whether you obtained said product legitimately (paid for it), got it for free from DreamSpark, TechNet/MSDN, etc. Am hoping I will not need to buy any WMC keys in the future, is all.

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  3. #53

    I understand the free package is for Win 8Pro, but will it work with Win 8 Enterprise?
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  4. #54

    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
    Posts : 681
    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)

    It wont I'm sorry to say, there is no WMC in Enterprise.
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  5. #55

    That's what I thought. Thanks!!
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  6. #56

    Posts : 19
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Centre

    I've been waiting a week, but then we have had Christmas and New Year in between. I'll wait a few more days.
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  7. #57

    Portland, Oregon, USA
    Posts : 182
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows Server 2012 R2 x64

    Just figured I'd report in by saying that I now have 3 8 Pro keys for 3 of my laptops, and I have also obtained and activated 3 Media Center keys via this offer. Get it while it's hot (and free).
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  8. #58

    I have the Enterprise Edition and the Media Center offer doesn't include this version, unfortunately...
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  9. #59

    Portland, Oregon, USA
    Posts : 182
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows Server 2012 R2 x64

    @azasadny You're right, Media Center cant be installed on 8 Enterprise. It cant be installed on Windows Server 2012 either. only on 8 Pro unfortunately.
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  10. #60

    Posts : 203
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    The bad news is my laptops comes with Windows 8 standard however the good news is I never use Media Center and always end up disabling services related to it.

    The ugly, free is good IMHO and I cannot get this free offer or the $14.99 Pro upgrade offer because for some reason Microsoft thinks Windows 7 Basic is more eligible than my Windows 8 standard bought after June 2012 for the Pro upgrade.
    Last edited by Nemix; 05 Jan 2013 at 03:50.
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