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

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


    hi there I want to know is it possible to add WMC through add feature option in window 8.1 PRO VL?? or it is only available to retail subscribers?

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    Hafnarfjrur IS
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    Hi there.

    I can't answer your question as I don't know - but for Multi-media playing including commercial encrypted DVD's why don't you download the excellent FREE VLC program from videolan.org. It will also handle WMV files (not sure if it will handle DRM'ed ones but there's enough info on the web about de-DRM'ing stuff).

    Programs like WMC in my view have had their time. Your money would be better spent on other things.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Quote Originally Posted by parashar View Post
    hi there I want to know is it possible to add WMC through add feature option in window 8.1 PRO VL?? or it is only available to retail subscribers?
    I'm guessing if the option is offered in Control Panel it must be possible, although at a price.
    Windows Media Center doesn't offer much that free versions already supply with the possible exception of Internet TV.
    WMC is, however, a huge resource hog, not only when it's running but also when it's constantly updating.
    I don't even add it anymore and I have a product key for it!
    Take jimbo's advice and try VLC.
    VideoLAN - VLC: Official site - Free multimedia solutions for all OS!
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  4. #4


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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by parashar View Post
    hi there I want to know is it possible to add WMC through add feature option in window 8.1 PRO VL?? or it is only available to retail subscribers?
    I'm guessing if the option is offered in Control Panel it must be possible, although at a price.
    Windows Media Center doesn't offer much that free versions already supply with the possible exception of Internet TV.
    WMC is, however, a huge resource hog, not only when it's running but also when it's constantly updating.
    I don't even add it anymore and I have a product key for it!
    Take jimbo's advice and try VLC.
    VideoLAN - VLC: Official site - Free multimedia solutions for all OS!
    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there.

    I can't answer your question as I don't know - but for Multi-media playing including commercial encrypted DVD's why don't you download the excellent FREE VLC program from videolan.org. It will also handle WMV files (not sure if it will handle DRM'ed ones but there's enough info on the web about de-DRM'ing stuff).

    Programs like WMC in my view have had their time. Your money would be better spent on other things.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    this is off topic question....one more thing i want to know i have read somewhere that apart from window media player incorporation there are some other things that isnt available in WIN 8.1 PRO N like video,music skype etc is it so as one of my friend is confused with installing either 8.1 pro N or 8.1 pro as you said WMC is not of that much importance now a days
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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    the N means it is for other countries not north America ,it come without those program because of that ,people in other countries have to install those program relative to there country ,ect ect
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    India
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    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
    the N means it is for other countries not north America ,it come without those program because of that ,people in other countries have to install those program relative to there country ,ect ect
    thanks for your reply but i dindnt understand what u mean to say i never came across this type of theory may me i am wrong or outdated
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Your confusing Media player with Media Center.

    Windows 8.1 N includes the same functionality as Windows 8.1, except that it doesn't include certain media-related technologies (Windows Media Player, Music, Video, Skype). As a result, you'll need software from Microsoft or a third party to play or create audio CDs, media files, and video DVDs, stream music, take and store pictures, and use a webcam.

    This will get you your Media Player etc back, Download Media Feature Pack for N and KN versions of Windows 8.1 from Official Microsoft Download Center Once you install that you can add Media Center, if you want. At one time you could add Media Center to 8.1 Pro VL. I'm not sure if that has changed or not.
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Centre is a completely different SKU... the upgrade path is from Core/N/KN versions is via Feature Pack or via add features on retail Pro... in order to upgrade from the former one needs to purchase the seperate Feature Pack else if on a retail version of Pro you can add features online (via a purchased key) to upgrade to "Professional with Media Centre"... by default VL versions (Pro VL and Enterprise) of windows do not have the upgrade path to upgrade to WMC.
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    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.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    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.
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