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No Media Center after 8.1 update

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    No Media Center after 8.1 update


    I got Win Media Center free when they were offering it with 8, then kept it through 8.1 Preview. Now that I'm on full 8.1 my Media Center is gone. I tried to add it again with Add Features but it said my product key is no good. I do see the original email says it has to be activated before jan 2013 so that may be why the key no longer works. There is an option to buy it again for $10, do I have to do that for 8.1?

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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    If you previously used it, it should have already been activated at least once? When I upgraded to the preview though the store I kept my Media Center. I ended up with 8.1 Pro + MC. I am also able to add MC after a clean install of 8.1 Pro. My keys are the limited time offer free keys. It sounds like you updated from the Preview to the Final. That originally wasn't going to be an option and Microsoft wanted anybody running the preview to reinstall clean to get the final. They latter relented after complaints. It sounds like the transition was as smooth as it should be and you hit a hitch in that process. I think your Media Center key is still good its just that your current install won't accept it for some reason. I bet if you reinstalled 8.0 or 8.1 it would be usable again. The only other thing I can think of is maybe you miss read it or miss typed it. An 8 can look like a B etc depending on the font used and the lighting conditions when your reading it.

    EDIT: For what its worth I've used one of my Media Center keys after the use before date and it worked fine and activated no problem.
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    I know I didn't mistype it since I just copy/pasted it from the email they sent. If I have to pay for it again I probably wouldn't bother since I didn't really use it much. I figured the DVD support might be useful though in the event that I was watching a tutorial on DVD or some disc had videos on it that needed the DVD playback to be available or something.
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  4. #4


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I think its gust a glitch from going from the preview to the final. I'd hang on to the MC key it may still be good.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    you could download VLC player .it does it all and is very good at doing so and its free open source software .its what I use since my WMC key also fugged on me to
    VLC media player,

    VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols.


    VideoLAN - Official page for VLC media player, the Open Source video framework!
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  6. #6


    Winnipeg, Canada
    Posts : 19
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Centre RTM


    Hi PhilNolan3d,

    You could try it again and when it stops and says the key is no good, reboot your computer. I think it's a bug with Media Centre. It should install upon reboot. I had the same problem and that fixed it for me! Good luck.

    Snarks
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