Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums


Add features to Windows 8.1 - is this product worth it?

  1. #21


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


    Quote Originally Posted by nougart View Post
    I've got Media Monkey and VLC on my other pc. I use Media Monkey for my music, but no one has mentioned that. Would there be some conflict if I installed on it 8.1? as I do find it user friendly.
    Someone else has mentioned Media Monkey here, If you are comfortable with it, use it. I doubt if it will be a problem in 8.1.

    I use Foobar 2000 on my other machine, and I like that.

    Media Monkey - Well when you go to download it, it asks you for all kinds of personal info, and I won't install any program that requires that for me just to download an installer. It kind of makes the program look like a cheap program. and the Gold Ed of MM is 25 bucks JUST to have an MP3 Encoder which iTunes and WinLAME have for free, so I'm no thanx for MM.

    But if you got the Gold version already, keep it.

    But the reason why its not talked about much here, is because its a PAID program, and we veer away from those here. There really are better and free alternatives for just about everything. I have one Paid app I love, and it's got a lof of solutions for some common problems built in, but I can't tell people about it simply cos it is a paid program.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #22


    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Just enjoying TV with obout 120 channels out of 600 streamed by service called D3Go and all thru FireFox, no WMC or nothing else, don't need any overhead. It's a service provided by cable and internet company. 2 of us are using and sharing that service, one main that gets the full service (IPTV) and 2 thru mobile IPTV but on the PC. It comes to pennies a day and all that in what many can consider third world country. I imagine you guys in USA, UK etc should have it much better. Most of this channels are in HD and still do not need great bandwith, i'm using only up to 4Gb/s out of possible 8- It does not need any fancy HW or SW to run like that.
    Hi there
    That's the way to do it -- TV tuner cards are really OLD DINOSAUR Technology these days. The most important thing though is to have an UNCAPPED Broadband service (movies at HD quality consume quite a lot). You can get away with even a 2Mb/s service at times provided it doesn't drop below that so even if you don't have mega fast broadband streaming is still a viable option.

    What I do see though - particularly in the USA that a lot of services still CAP the amount of usage -- and often these caps are ludicrously low. No point in having a 150 mb/s download speed if your monthly allowance is consumed in 10 mins !!! so choose your providers with CARE - the cheapest service might be the most expensive in the long run.

    (We have good internet - no problems).

    I also refused to install Media Monkey on those grounds too -- the next thing it might want to know is how many people I've slept with in the past month or stupid questions like that --why should it NEED any personal info - It's only a piece of SOFTWARE not a quote for say a Car Insurance premium where life style statistics probably ARE relevant to the risk insured by the company.

    @XweAponX

    Nothing wrong with discussing PAID software if it does the job too ==> loads of people here use Paid for backup / recovery software (Acronis etc) and WINAMP also has a paid version - although very cheap. Freebies are fine when they do they job but Paid for apps can be OK too. (Windows itself presumably is a Paid for app - even if some people get it pre-installed on their machines).

    Free Apps that have almost no BETTER paid for equivalent are things IMO like VLC - no other video player even comes CLOSE to the flexibility of this one -- forget PowerDVD or WINDVD or things like those these days.

    Cheers
    jimbo
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #23


    Yes jimbo, it is really way to go with TV at least. I also have HW TV card but over the air I only get 5 or 6 channels and as here digital TV is not really yet implemented over the air completely , IPTV works best. There's no Cap on internet for Cable BB and ADSL but only for 3G. Speeds are not really high, average 10 - 25 Gb/s for wired, and 8/2 Gb/s for WiFi 5 GHz. wit some 100 - 150 Gb/s for optical but that's only in the canter of larger cities and I'm a bit out of town so it was either lousy cable or this. I guess we are a bit behind the times as only 86% of homes are connected to internet but it's getting better.
    Sorry for off topic but just wanted to compare with more developed countries and so see what to expect in the future.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #24


    Posts : 511
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    When I (upgraded) from Windows 8 to 8.1, I installed the free WMC. It was activated, after a reboot it was not. Stayed on the phone for several hours to Microsoft with several (specialists). Never got it fixed. I did a clean Install and didn't add WMC. I use VLC.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #25


    Posts : 136
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    Media Monkey - Well when you go to download it, it asks you for all kinds of personal info, and I won't install any program that requires that for me just to download an installer. It kind of makes the program look like a cheap program. and the Gold Ed of MM is 25 bucks JUST to have an MP3 Encoder which iTunes and WinLAME have for free, so I'm no thanx for MM.

    But the reason why its not talked about much here, is because its a PAID program, and we veer away from those here. There really are better and free alternatives for just about everything. I have one Paid app I love, and it's got a lof of solutions for some common problems built in, but I can't tell people about it simply cos it is a paid program.
    I've got the free version on my old pc. I don't remember when I downloaded it being asked personal questions but may be I just skipped over those questions. TBH if I have to answer personal questions I just don't bother. Anyway I haven't installed it on my laptop yet.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #26


    Posts : 136
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Clint View Post
    When I (upgraded) from Windows 8 to 8.1, I installed the free WMC. It was activated, after a reboot it was not. Stayed on the phone for several hours to Microsoft with several (specialists). Never got it fixed. I did a clean Install and didn't add WMC. I use VLC.
    You actually managed to speak to someone at M$ , did you find them informative and helpful and BTW was it M$ that advised you did a Clean Boot.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #27


    Posts : 511
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    You actually managed to speak to someone at M$ , did you find them informative and helpful and BTW was it M$ that advised you did a Clean Boot.
    Yes, I did speak to 4 different people. They were not informative or helpful. They tried for several ours remotely on my PC to get it activated with no luck. They did not suggest a clean install. I did that after they quit.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #28


    I strongly prefer VLC Media Player. I learned my lesson about purchasing "extras" for Windows from Microsoft as I was one of those poor schmucks who bought Windows 7 Ultimate, that promised lots of value-added extras that never materialized...I'll never do that again!
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9. #29


    Posts : 136
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Clint View Post
    Yes, I did speak to 4 different people. They were not informative or helpful. They tried for several ours remotely on my PC to get it activated with no luck. They did not suggest a clean install. I did that after they quit.
    Hmm I put a question on M$ community and just got a stock reply that did not help. I did wonder how other peeps felt
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  10. #30


    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there.

    if you have decent broadband and no caps then there's so many streaming services available that things like WMC are really Dinosaur technology.

    As Shawn says use VLC or another freebie alternative for Video. I get around 300 TV channels online / via streaming services (and not all junk shopping channels. A lot of these are in full HD too. This type of service will work with most browsers too.

    Cheers
    jimbo
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Page 3 of 4 FirstFirst 1234 LastLast
Add features to Windows 8.1 - is this product worth it?
Related Threads
How much is my pc worth? in Chillout Room
Hey guys. I need an estimate of how much my pc may be worth? I origally posted this on the windows 7 forum so im just going to link you to that then you can report back here? Thanks so much! :) Heres the link How much is my pc worth? - Windows 7 Forums
I wanna dual boot Windows 8 Consumer Preview with my existing OS, Windows 7 Home Premium. I have created the necessary partitions and also created the bootable pendrive from the ISO downloaded. When I begin the installation, everything goes fine until the Product Key screen comes up. I have...
Hi All I'm new around here since I recently upgraded to an SSD and installed Windows 8 on it, Is the 8.1 Upgrade worth it?? Thanks
I might be wrong, but I believe for a limited time you can download Media Center as an app until next year. I'm currently running Windows 8 Pro on my PC and is activated. When I enter the Product Key into the ''add features'' bar it says the key won't work. Does this mean Windows 8 Pro can't...
SSD Worth it or not? in Chillout Room
Alright here's a good question, poll above, discuss below. Are SSD drives worth it? I am thinking about them in my next build but I'm not going to invest if they aren't mastered enough for long term use.
Windows 8 roadmap: A picture is worth a thousand build numbers | ZDNet
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook