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Install ONLY Media Center On 8.1 Laptop With 8.1 Pro ISO?

  1. #11


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Quote Originally Posted by tackyjan View Post
    Hello All!

    I have a Dell laptop that came with Windows 8.1. (I guess it's not an "update" since it came with 8.1 out of the box.)

    I just purchase a legitimate version of Windows 8.1 Pro (student) edition from the Microsoft store. I downloaded the installer and created both an ISO file and media drive on a USB stick.

    My question is, can I somehow install only Media Center onto my 8.1 laptop without installing the entire 8.1 Pro operating system?

    Thanks!

    Jan
    No. Pro does not include Media Center, its a separate purchase on top of Pro. You install Media Center though "Add Features" by entering your Media Center product code. You have to be running Pro for this to work though, if your running 8.1 Core it will not accept the Media center product code. If you want Media Center you will have to upgrade to Pro first. You may be able to do that by just entering your newly purchased 8.1 Pro key in Add Features. I upgraded my laptop that way. It came with 8.0 Core. I entered my TechNet 8.0 Retail Pro key in add features and it upgraded to Pro no problem. I then entered my Media Center key in add features and upgraded again no problem. Activated online both times with no issues.

    EDIT: No.2 Looks like I'm back to what I originally said, as I just noticed the OP bought 8.1 Pro, not the Pro Pack.
    Last edited by alphanumeric; 07 Aug 2014 at 16:11.

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  2. #12


    Quote Originally Posted by tackyjan View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by elbmek View Post
    OK, purchase done, product key provided and paid with paypal. Then it went into auto download and install and I now have Windows Media Centre installed, it did not ask me for the key, so presume it auto loaded with the download.

    No, click on I want to buy - that's for the media center pak which after pruchase, installs auto.
    no my pc is 8.1 Pro.

    Forget that second link, I tried it and deleted it. It self installed in WMP but kept stalling, so binned it


    I am confused, you have Media Center installed on a NON Pro 8.1 machine? When I click on "buy online" using the Add Features option I don't have the choice to get Media Center because I am running 8.1 not 8.1 pro.

    So again, I need to find a way to buy Media Center without using the Add Features to get the key, then go back to Add Features and enter the key after I buy it somewhere else.
    no I have 8.1 Pro pc. I tried that second link, but deleted it. It self installed into WMP but stalls, so binned it.
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  3. #13


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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by tackyjan View Post
    My question is, can I somehow install only Media Center onto my 8.1 laptop without installing the entire 8.1 Pro operating system?
    Have a look here and see if this works - Windows Media Center - Add to Windows 8

    I have the standalone version of Media Center for which the above tutorial works so....

    And yes, what alphanumeric said
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  4. #14


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    It looks like I was wrong, the Pro Pack does include Media Center. According to this it does anyway, Buy Windows 8 Pro Pack - Add Windows Media Center and BitLocker to your Windows 8 - Microsoft Store Online. It's listed as a feature. As far as I know though, you still have to install the full package to actually get Media Center, you can't pick and chose, what's installed and what's not.

    EDIT: ops again as I just noticed the OP bought 8.1 Pro not the Pro Pack. Using that Product code in add features will just upgrade to 8.1 Pro with no Media Center. Looks like I'm having one of those days.
    Last edited by alphanumeric; 07 Aug 2014 at 16:16.
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  5. #15


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    Windows 8 Pro


    Actually I figured it out (I think)... I just went to "Add New Features" and selected "I have a product key" and then entered the product key for my Win 8.1 Pro. Windows accepted the key then I chose to buy Media Center, entered my visa, etc. Then it started to download/install. My computer rebooted and the next time I logged in my computer showed that it was now Windows 8.1 Pro and it had Media Center installed. I am a bit confused, however, because I thought that since this was a full Pro 8.1 purchase I could not use it to upgrade but apparently I was able to.

    I now wonder if I can do the same thing on my PC.. use the same key for 2 different computers, MS is probably too smart to let me do that.
    Last edited by tackyjan; 07 Aug 2014 at 17:28.
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  6. #16


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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by tackyjan View Post
    Actually I figured it out (I think)... I just went to "Add New Features" and selected "I have a product key" and then entered the product key for my Win 8.1 Pro. Windows accepted the key then I chose to buy Media Center, entered my visa, etc. Then it started to download/install. My computer rebooted and the next time I logged in my computer showed that it was now Windows 8.1 Pro and it had Media Center installed.
    Which is basically what I pointed to....
    Quote Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by tackyjan View Post
    My question is, can I somehow install only Media Center onto my 8.1 laptop without installing the entire 8.1 Pro operating system?
    Have a look here and see if this works - Windows Media Center - Add to Windows 8

    I have the standalone version of Media Center for which the above tutorial works so....
    Anyway glad you got it sorted. Peace
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  7. #17


    Quote Originally Posted by tackyjan View Post
    Actually I figured it out (I think)... I just went to "Add New Features" and selected "I have a product key" and then entered the product key for my Win 8.1 Pro. Windows accepted the key then I chose to buy Media Center, entered my visa, etc. Then it started to download/install. My computer rebooted and the next time I logged in my computer showed that it was now Windows 8.1 Pro and it had Media Center installed. I am a bit confused, however, because I thought that since this was a full Pro 8.1 purchase I could not use it to upgrade but apparently I was able to.

    I now wonder if I can do the same thing on my PC.. use the same key for 2 different computers, MS is probably too smart to let me do that.
    Interesting I have the $14.99 upgrade to Win 8 Pro, I downloaded the ISO and at that time was offered a free MC I filled out the form and it was kind of flaky form Orentialish but a MC Key was e-mailed to me. I didn't upgrade to Win 8 just kept everything until 8.1 came out. So I used a leaked Win 8.1 pro RTM ISO used a Generic Key to start the install. Activated with my upgrade win 8 Pro Key and Clean installed Win 8.1 then used add new features entered my MC Key and MC was just turned on after a reboot. No download it was like just there waiting to be turned on.
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  8. #18


    Quote Originally Posted by tackyjan View Post
    Actually I figured it out (I think)... I just went to "Add New Features" and selected "I have a product key" and then entered the product key for my Win 8.1 Pro. Windows accepted the key then I chose to buy Media Center, entered my visa, etc. Then it started to download/install. My computer rebooted and the next time I logged in my computer showed that it was now Windows 8.1 Pro and it had Media Center installed. I am a bit confused, however, because I thought that since this was a full Pro 8.1 purchase I could not use it to upgrade but apparently I was able to.

    I now wonder if I can do the same thing on my PC.. use the same key for 2 different computers, MS is probably too smart to let me do that.
    Maybe the MC but not the Pro
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  9. #19


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by tackyjan View Post
    Actually I figured it out (I think)... I just went to "Add New Features" and selected "I have a product key" and then entered the product key for my Win 8.1 Pro. Windows accepted the key then I chose to buy Media Center, entered my visa, etc. Then it started to download/install. My computer rebooted and the next time I logged in my computer showed that it was now Windows 8.1 Pro and it had Media Center installed. I am a bit confused, however, because I thought that since this was a full Pro 8.1 purchase I could not use it to upgrade but apparently I was able to.

    I now wonder if I can do the same thing on my PC.. use the same key for 2 different computers, MS is probably too smart to let me do that.
    Add Features will accept my TechNet/MSDN full Retail keys. I used one of my 8.0 Pro TechNet Retail keys on my laptop that came with 8.0 Core OEM. That got me 8 Pro and let me then add Media Center. I scored a couple of the free MC keys when they were available. They work for Windows 8.0 and 8.1.

    Both keys are only to be used on one PC. If you activate with the same key on more than one PC you'll have issues. The key you enter though add features becomes the new Product Code the PC activates with. If you've added Media Center the Media Center Product code is what that PC is activating against. There were some people that tried using the same code on two or three PC's and then ended up with a PC that failed activation. They had to do a clean install to go back to 8 Pro.
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