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How Can I Burn Windows 8 Media Center

  1. #11


    While the 8 Upgrade is forever. The free media center add-on is not.

    It does not just add Media Center to Windows 8.

    Your "Windows 8" is now your "Microsoft - Windows 8 Professional with Media Center" and your Windows 8 license number has been changed to reflect the difference.

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  2. #12


    Quote Originally Posted by pcRat View Post
    While the 8 Upgrade is forever. The free media center add-on is not.

    It does not just add Media Center to Windows 8.

    Your "Windows 8" is now your "Microsoft - Windows 8 Professional with Media Center" and your Windows 8 license number has been changed to reflect the difference.
    So if I have to reinstall Windows 8 P which number do I use the one in the bios or the WMC number to activate it?
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  3. #13


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    Windows 8


    Well I checked and my PC will be here Monday so Im in good shape!
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  4. #14


    I believe you would reinstall Win 8 Pro then go to the Store to reinstall Windows Media Center. Checking a box saying you already have a key to avoid paying for a new one.

    Don't take my word for it tho, my professionallism ends at professional rookie !
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  5. #15


    Quote Originally Posted by pcRat View Post
    I believe you would reinstall Win 8 Pro then go to the Store to reinstall Windows Media Center. Checking a box saying you already have a key to avoid paying for a new one.

    Don't take my word for it tho, my professionallism ends at professional rookie !
    Thank you I guess that would be up to M$ the rule maker.LOL
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  6. #16


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    Windows 8 Pro & Linux Mint


    Once the key is activated does that make it usable again in the future if a reinstall is required?
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  7. #17


    Posts : 131
    Win7-8 Dual Boot on a Commodore 64

    To key or not to key? That is the question


    Gosh???

    I'm not sure, but I believe that all the code/files for eHOME/WMC already reside on your HDD.
    When you go to Add Features, there is quite a list presented to you.

    Some features require a key others don't.
    Games
    RIP Listener
    Telnet Client ...etc etc

    I don't think you 'download' any of them, you simply choose to install/ADD the feature.
    If the feature requires a Product key you will be prompted for one.
    If it does not require a key it just installs.

    Happy Hunting!
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  8. #18


    Arnhem, The Netherlands
    Posts : 1,412
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Media Center Edition


    Quote Originally Posted by labeeman View Post

    I received an email today reminding me to install WMC before January 31. I have already done so some weeks ago.
    I also recieved that email. The funny part is I've upgraded Windows to Windows 8 Pro with WMC back in november. When I try to follow up the instructions in the email it simply is not possible to add features to the installation because they are already installed.

    I guess that Microsoft is emailing everyone just to be sure. A simple line of "If you've already installed the software it is not nessecery to reinstall it" would have been a lot clearer IMHO.
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  9. #19


    I think

    If you burn a complete backup after you install Windows Media Center you'll be set when reinstalling.
    Otherwise if you had 7, installed the 8 upgrade and installed Media Center from the Store. You will probably have to:
    1. Reinstall 7
    2. Upgrade to 8
    3. Go back to Search, Settings, Add features to Windows 8, type Windows Media Center, & already have a product key


    Your key will be registered from this special and it should be good for the life of 8 Upgrade product key you registered it to.
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  10. #20


    I think once you install and activate WMC (before the deadline), you can install it again at a later date if needed. At least that's what I've read in other threads here and at other sites.

    See this article by Ed Botts for good info on this: Deadlines loom for cheap Windows 8 upgrades and Media Center Pack keys | Ed Bott

    I checked with a Microsoft spokesperson and was told that the keys will continue to work after the deadline passes, and that they will work later if you need to reinstall Windows. The e-mail messages are mostly a reminder to upgrade, I was told.
    First, the new license key replaces your existing Windows 8 Pro license key. Make sure you keep a record of the existing license key so that you can use it if you need to reinstall Windows 8 Pro.
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