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Can't find Media Center to add it

  1. #21


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    Win 8 and Win 7


    Great. Thanks.

    EDIT: After running a windows update it now says 9200.win8_gdr

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  2. #22


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    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    so now try to add the MC , it should work
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  3. #23


    Posts : 15
    Win 8 and Win 7


    I have since tried to start over by reinstalling Windows 8 and figuring out how to activate it a different way than I did the first time it is still not showing up in any of the different ways to add media center.
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  4. #24


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    64-bit Windows 10


    How are you activating it?
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  5. #25


    Posts : 15
    Win 8 and Win 7


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    How are you activating it?
    This lastest time I activated it by using option 1 on Product Key Number - Change in Windows 8

    Other times I have done it by running an elevated CMD window and execute slmgr.vbs -ipk "YOUR_PRODUCT_KEY".
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  6. #26


    Posts : 15
    Win 8 and Win 7


    So I think I might know what might be happening. My co-workers and I have noticed that we have a copy of PRO and Enterprise and both have the same Key. Our University software store said that the keys are the same. I believe that we need to have a PRO key for this to work. Can anyone confirm this?
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  7. #27


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Yes, you would need a Pro key.

    Not sure how you are getting it to activate with anything else - I don't suppose you know what kind of key you have there - other than what the store told you.
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  8. #28


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    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    okhomer, you work as an IT, you have the software and the key in front of you , we don't see it, but as an IT you should be able to know what you have on hand. We try to help you but we are only speculating as for me at least I'm not even sure you have a retail copy of Windows pro, and you need one for activate MC. Is it an official DVD from MS ? is it something download and burn on a DVD , and from where ? Where come the thing you try to install ? You said it's an University, may be an educational version theat MS provide to your University for evaluation, may be something not eligible for MC, Unless we have those basic info, I don't think we can help.
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  9. #29


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    Win 8 and Win 7


    area 66. Thanks for all you help up to now. Our department orders all our software from our university software licensing office. I am not sure where they get their software from. It is not an official DVD from MS. At first we ordered the enterprise to test with some windows 7 tablets we had and then found out that you can get media center on the enterprise version. So we then ordered the PRO version. On the label of both DVDs they have the same software key. This now brings us back to here where I can not install media center. I do have a copy of the free key from MS to install media center.
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  10. #30


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    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    I will try tomorrow on a VM if I can use a Pro key on an Enterprise , but if it's like Windows 7, it will not work, so I don't think a Pro or an Enterprise can have the same key. But I will know for sure tomorrow. Now you are on a University, I have no experience with educational OS, I wonder if your University don't have a kind of Volume Licensing, with only 1 Key for Pro and Enterprise version, because your OS behave like an Enterprise, but it show Pro on computer management, this is a strange case, very interesting.
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