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Is it posible to add Window Media Centre to Win 8.1 PRO VL

  1. #11


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    parashar, Why are you messing with a VL install in the first place? If it's a company PC you should be careful what you do and don't do to it.

    Also, is there a reason why you didn't answer my question about MAK keys in your other thread? https://www.eightforums.com/general-s...dow-8-1-a.html

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  2. #12


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Kinda weird but your original install key gets 'handed over' to Explorer when you install WMC then its key becomes the Windows genuine key.
    However, if you reinstall clean you have to use the original key then re-download WMC... blah, blah, blah...

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  3. #13


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


    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin View Post
    Kinda weird but your original install key gets 'handed over' to Explorer when you install WMC then its key becomes the Windows genuine key.
    However, if you reinstall clean you have to use the original key then re-download WMC... blah, blah, blah...

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    Yeah, you can't use the Media Center key to install with, that's done for a reason. Windows 8 Pro is the prerequisite for adding Media Center. The Media Center key is inexpensive because you can only use it though add features on an activated 8 Pro install. If you could skip installing 8 Pro you'd be getting Windows 8 for the price of just Media Center. If you obtained one of the free media center keys and could find a way around having to have an activated 8 Pro install you would be getting Windows 8 for free. One of the cheats sounds very similar to what the OP is trying to do which makes me suspicious.
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  4. #14


    I switched to VLC over a year ago and I have not kooked back. It's much better than WMC, in my humble opinion...
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  5. #15


    India
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Clint View Post
    Do what jimbo said. I had a legal key. When I installed it, It deactivated Windows. I had to do a reinstall. Forget about WMC.
    The Media Center key becomes the new key that Windows activates with. Unfortunately Windows doesn't try to activate with the Media Center key until the update is completed and you reboot. If it then fails you can't easily go back. I have 4 Media Center keys that I snagged when they were free. I haven't had an issue using them. I had one I had to activate online, but that was because I moved it from one PC to another when the original PC died. It's currently in use on my wife's laptop. It does suck though when it fails activation and you have to reinstall to get your system back to a working state.
    so accordingly I should not upgrade to wmc as it may have chance of windows activation even if I have wmc upgrade key
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  6. #16


    Posts : 454
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by azasadny View Post
    I switched to VLC over a year ago and I have not kooked back. It's much better than WMC, in my humble opinion...
    WMC is the only game in town for CableCard, and it is still a good DVR in general. For library-based video that isn't Recorded TV, I use XBMC. For playing video files I open from Windows Explorer, I moved to PotPlayer from VLC due to frustration with the latter inconsistently remembering window size and ongoing problems with audio sync when skipping around files that use DTS audio. Even if VLC fixed those things, I wouldn't go back to it. For library-based audio, it's iTunes, and for Explorer-launched music, it's foobar2000. So it would be correct to say that PotPlayer is my default player for video, foobar2000 is my default player for audio, but I spend 99.9% of my time in WMC, XBMC, and iTunes.
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  7. #17


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Quote Originally Posted by parashar View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Clint View Post
    Do what jimbo said. I had a legal key. When I installed it, It deactivated Windows. I had to do a reinstall. Forget about WMC.
    The Media Center key becomes the new key that Windows activates with. Unfortunately Windows doesn't try to activate with the Media Center key until the update is completed and you reboot. If it then fails you can't easily go back. I have 4 Media Center keys that I snagged when they were free. I haven't had an issue using them. I had one I had to activate online, but that was because I moved it from one PC to another when the original PC died. It's currently in use on my wife's laptop. It does suck though when it fails activation and you have to reinstall to get your system back to a working state.
    so accordingly I should not upgrade to wmc as it may have chance of windows activation even if I have wmc upgrade key
    If your Media Center key is valid it should be fine. Some people had issues but most didn't. I have 4 Media center keys that I have used with no issues. So why are you wanting to add media center to 8.1 Pro VL? The VL edition is something a company would run. That being said, most IT guys don't want you messing with the company install.
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