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Win 8 Pro Media Center--one email address limit

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    Win 8 Pro Media Center--one email address limit


    I discovered that Windows 8 Media Center Pack(free upgrade) is limited to one email address. Each product key can be applied to only one computer, but also has the restriction of using one email address per key.

    After much difficulty, I switched to an alternate email address and got the key I needed for my laptop. I have purchased two separate licenses for my desktop and laptop Win 8 installation. But I did not read the fine print about the limitation on one email address.

    Hope this helps others who are adding the free Media Center to their Win 8 computers.
    Last edited by joangolfing; 13 Nov 2012 at 14:21.

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    Posts : 5
    Windows 8 Pro 64Bit


    Hmmm, I've been using the same 1 code they sent me on both my Desktop and laptop without any issues..
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    ** Windows 8 Media Center Pack is available at no charge for a limited time only through the promotional page on Windows.com. If you obtain Windows 8 Media Center Pack through any other location, fees might apply. Offer valid from October 26, 2012, until January 31, 2013, and is limited to one product key per email address. In addition, each product key can only be used with one computer. You qualify for this promotion if your PC is running Windows 8 Pro. Additional hardware may be required to watch and record live TV. You must provide a valid email address to receive your Windows 8 Media Center Pack product key. This promotion ends on January 31, 2013; your product key must be activated no later than February 1, 2013. Microsoft will only contact you at the email address you provide to send you your product key and to remind you when the activation period for your product key is ending. Catalysis Corporation is a third-party company we use to collect subscription information and process the delivery of these emails. If you purchase a new PC with Windows 8 preinstalled and you later upgrade that PC with Windows 8 Pro Pack, Windows 8 Media Center Pack, a volume license edition, or a retail edition, you will no longer be able to install apps that are provided exclusively from your PC manufacturer through the Windows Store. Get the full details on our special offers.

    Microsoft respects your privacy. To learn more, please read our online Privacy Statement.

    I copied that from the e-mail I got with my product code. I used several e-mail addresses to get the keys I needed.
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    Posts : 5
    Windows 8 Pro 64Bit


    Went ahead and entered a alternate Email address and requested another key just in case....
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Good idea,
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    Windows 7 - Linux (Ubuntu & Zorin) - XP


    yeah good thing they are charging for Media Center, certainly wouldn't want Microsoft to go bankrupt...

    This is BS, MS = BS
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by KarterJK View Post
    yeah good thing they are charging for Media Center, certainly wouldn't want Microsoft to go bankrupt...

    This is BS, MS = BS
    For a limited time, get Windows 8 Media Center Pack for free.
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    Windows 7 - Linux (Ubuntu & Zorin) - XP


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by KarterJK View Post
    yeah good thing they are charging for Media Center, certainly wouldn't want Microsoft to go bankrupt...

    This is BS, MS = BS
    For a limited time, get Windows 8 Media Center Pack for free.
    Add features - Microsoft Windows
    So it is good through Jan, 2013.... So what? it should have been included as it is with Win 7.

    All this is saying is that (like so many of their packages) they plan on abandoning it entirely. The handwriting is on the wall. They don't want to support and are already putting up road blocks to discourage it's use. I have seen them do this over and over and over again.

    I am so sick Microsoft's BS. Ever since en-Balmer has taken over, they have gone downhill. The wrong man just recently left MS.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Everybody wants free, free, free, and then when they get it they still complain. C'est la vie
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    Posts : 1,308
    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    The funny thing is they never send me one to my only hotmail address I own. go figure why
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