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

  1. #1


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


    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

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  2. #2


    yes, there is a link to it, I am wanting the same, so will go and try and find it. Back later

    See this:

    Add Windows 8.1 Pro Pack or Windows 8.1 Media Center Pack to your edition of Windows 8.1



    • Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search.
      (If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, and then click Search.)
    • Enter add features in the search box, and then tap or click Settings.
    • Tap or click Add features to Windows 8.1 and then do one of the following:
      • If you need to purchase a product key, tap or click I want to buy a product key online.
        Follow the steps to purchase and enter a product key.
      • If you already have a product key, tap or click I already have a product key.

    • Enter your product key and click Next.
    • Read the license terms, select the check box to accept the license terms, and then click Add features.


    If you were running Windows 8.1, your PC will restart automatically and Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center will be available for use.
    If you were running Windows 8.1 Pro, your PC will restart automatically and Windows Media Center will be available for use.

    Add features - Microsoft Windows

    The product key I dont understand as they offered it free with Win 8.1 and there was a link to it. Still looking for that


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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Hi there

    I think that Free offer was for a limited time only. Everything these days is about that ghastly word "Monetisation". I.e PAY or screw the public out of what you can get them to cough up.

    Fortunately some very capable FREE products are out there -- Why not use VLC - it plays nearly every Video and Audio codec known to man including commercial DVD's and with the addition of a library you can play BLU RAY's too.

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

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  4. #4


    Posts : 70
    Windows 8 Pro


    Anxiously awaiting.... :O

    I did not purchase the Media Center Pack because they didn't offer that at a student rate. So what I did was I purchased the full 8.1 Pro student edition for $69.

    You know.. I don't even know if the Pro comes with Media Center or if I have to buy it (I think I read somewhere that it's like $10 if you have 8.1 Pro).

    So this might complicate my situation a little bit.. I might have to find a way to buy Media Center for $10 without having to install 8.1 Pro first. It's my understanding that the "standard" way to buy Media Center when you already have 8.1 Pro installed is to go "Add Features" and then select "Buy product key online" and I will then be given the option to buy Media Center.

    Since I don't have 8.1 Pro installed I won't have the option to get Media Center using the "Add Features" method. Is there another way to get Media Center without going through the OS? (Like a page where I can buy it for $10 by just providing my 8.1 Pro license key?)

    Thanks.
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  5. #5


    I have just followed the above links and when I click I want to buy online - it offers it to me for £6.99 which is not bad so will proceed with the purchase
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  6. #6


    Posts : 70
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by elbmek View Post
    yes, there is a link to it, I am wanting the same, so will go and try and find it. Back later

    See this:

    Add Windows 8.1 Pro Pack or Windows 8.1 Media Center Pack to your edition of Windows 8.1



    • Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search.
      (If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, and then click Search.)
    • Enter add features in the search box, and then tap or click Settings.
    • Tap or click Add features to Windows 8.1 and then do one of the following:
      • If you need to purchase a product key, tap or click I want to buy a product key online.
        Follow the steps to purchase and enter a product key.
      • If you already have a product key, tap or click I already have a product key.

    • Enter your product key and click Next.
    • Read the license terms, select the check box to accept the license terms, and then click Add features.


    If you were running Windows 8.1, your PC will restart automatically and Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center will be available for use.
    If you were running Windows 8.1 Pro, your PC will restart automatically and Windows Media Center will be available for use.

    Add features - Microsoft Windows

    The product key I dont understand as they offered it free with Win 8.1 and there was a link to it. Still looking for that


    I am a bit confused.. on my Dell Laptop which is 8.1 if I right-click This PC and select Properties then click Add Features and choose I want to buy a product key online the only choice it gives me is 8.1 Pro Pack which I already purchased...

    Do I need to go online somewhere and buy the $10 Media Center "pak" and get the product key then go back to Add Features and select I already have a product key and then enter my Media Center key?
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  7. #7


    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.
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  8. #8


    you can also get a free media tv tuner here:

    BEWARE: Softronic uses ad bugs, so ensure you do a custom install and DESELECT their pretty little ticked boxes.

    free tv tuner media center windows 7 download

    and

    TunerFree MCE - Software Informer. It is a Windows Media Center add-in for watching streaming Internet TV.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 70
    Windows 8 Pro


    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.
    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.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 70
    Windows 8 Pro


    But their website says I have to have Media Center already installed. :O
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