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Windows Media Center

  1. #1


    Posts : 7
    win 7

    Windows Media Center


    (Or its equivalent.)

    Does it come with 8.1 or can it be ordered a la carte...say from Lenovo?

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  2. #2


    Portsmouth Hants
    Posts : 772
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Windows Media Center - Add to Windows 8

    and

    Add features - Microsoft Windows


    Add Windows 8.1 Pro Pack or Windows 8.1 Media Center Pack to your edition of Windows 8.1



    • Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search.
      (If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, and then click Search.)
    • Enter add features in the search box, and then tap or click Settings.
    • Tap or click Add features to Windows 8.1 and then do one of the following:
      • If you need to purchase a product key, tap or click I want to buy a product key online.
        Follow the steps to purchase and enter a product key.
      • If you already have a product key, tap or click I already have a product key.

    • Enter your product key and click Next.
    • Read the license terms, select the check box to accept the license terms, and then click Add features.


    If you were running Windows 8.1, your PC will restart automatically and Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center will be available for use.
    If you were running Windows 8.1 Pro, your PC will restart automatically and Windows Media Center will be available for use.
    Last edited by Brink; 17 Nov 2013 at 02:56. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
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  3. #3


    Covington, La
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    For a real good free alternate I use XBMC.

    XBMC

    Jim
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  4. #4


    Posts : 7
    win 7


    Quote Originally Posted by fafhrd View Post
    Windows Media Center - Add to Windows 8

    and

    Add features - Microsoft Windows


    Add Windows 8.1 Pro Pack or Windows 8.1 Media Center Pack to your edition of Windows 8.1



    • Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search.
      (If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, and then click Search.)
    • Enter add features in the search box, and then tap or click Settings.
    • Tap or click Add features to Windows 8.1 and then do one of the following:
      • If you need to purchase a product key, tap or click I want to buy a product key online.
        Follow the steps to purchase and enter a product key.
      • If you already have a product key, tap or click I already have a product key.

    • Enter your product key and click Next.
    • Read the license terms, select the check box to accept the license terms, and then click Add features.


    If you were running Windows 8.1, your PC will restart automatically and Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center will be available for use.
    If you were running Windows 8.1 Pro, your PC will restart automatically and Windows Media Center will be available for use.

    So, once I start up Win 8-1, it's already on the machine? Or I have to add this feature when I buy the machine?
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  5. #5


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Eknirb,

    You'll have to use "Add Features to Windows 8/8.1" to purchase and add Windows Media Center separately. It's not included in Windows 8 or 8.1 by default.

    Windows Media Center - Add to Windows 8
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  6. #6


    Portsmouth Hants
    Posts : 772
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    The Add features... functionality in Windows 8 is the successor to the Anytime Upgrade feature of Windows 7 - You purchase a product key license, usually online, use the Add features utility to enter your key and Windows downloads and installs the feature on your PC.
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  7. #7


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    It came on the 8.1 that I just installed, but I was given a choice of which version to install, Pro, Pro with WMC, and Enterprise. So I chose and bought the Media Center one. I actually have two disks, maybe someone can tell me what they mean:

    One of them is "Baseline" and the other is "WIM" any idea what that means? I installed the "Baseline": version, 32 bit.
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