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Installing free Media Center after January deadline

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    Installing free Media Center after January deadline


    I bought the DVD version of win 8 since my internet connection is not that fast and installed the 32 bits version on an old tablet which by the way works great except for more graphic intensive games. I got my free Media Center key after that . I may, before the end of the january deadline, purchase the keys for the 64 bits version of win 8 for my laptop but may use it much later than january. Now to my question. If i install win 8 in april for example, can i use the key i received on my 32 bits tablet for Media center or do i have to make another request? Do i have to request the key again for the 64 bit version before the deadline?

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    The Free Key of Media Center is expired after January 2013, if the Key hasn't been activated until the deadline.
    Request Key will not be available after the deadline.
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    Add features - Microsoft Windows

    Scroll down to read the details at the bottom of the window. Note, in particular:

    "limited to one product key per email address"

    "Your product key must be activated no later than January 31, 2013."

    Here's a third-party discussion of the same:

    Get the Windows 8 Media Center Pack for free - but be prepared to wait | TechRepublic

    I suppose that the key can't be used to activate more than one Windows Media Center installation, else millions of copies of a valid key would be on the Web by now.

    I hadn't realized that the key becomes useless for activation after the end of January, 2013. (The WMC activation doesn't die, but the key can't be used for a new activation after that date.)That makes the free offer a bit less free than I had hoped.

    The regular price of the key is supposed to be $10US after that. (What's the fair market value of a DVD codec?)
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