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BrianB

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I've had my laptop for about a month now and when I first got it I did something (and I don't remember what at the moment) that said I needed to add the media center pack. Anyway, whatever I did said I needed to get a license key for the media pack. Well, Microsoft just emailed me my key today but I don't really know what to do with it. How do I go about installing the media pack so I can enter the key?
 

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    Windows 8

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Brink

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You're most welcome. :)
 

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    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
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    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
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    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
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BrianB

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Hello Brian,

Since you already have your Media Center key, you could use step 2 in the tutorial below to add Media Center. :)

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/6559-windows-media-center-add-windows-8-a.html

Okay, I did this, but ran into a problem. When I enter the code it says "this key will not work." It goes on to say re-enter the code or get another one if it doesn't work. Well, I checked and rechecked, and re-entered the code, but it says the same thing. It just won't work. In the email from Microsoft it did say the key expires on Jan 31, but it's only the 26th. Any suggestions or reasons why it's not working?
 

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labeeman

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Hello Brian,

Since you already have your Media Center key, you could use step 2 in the tutorial below to add Media Center. :)

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/6559-windows-media-center-add-windows-8-a.html

Okay, I did this, but ran into a problem. When I enter the code it says "this key will not work." It goes on to say re-enter the code or get another one if it doesn't work. Well, I checked and rechecked, and re-entered the code, but it says the same thing. It just won't work. In the email from Microsoft it did say the key expires on Jan 31, but it's only the 26th. Any suggestions or reasons why it's not working?

The key might be case sensitive.
 

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Brian,

In addition, have you used this key on any other computer? You only get one key per email address. If you register for another key using the same address, you will still only get the same key again.

Double check to make sure that you didn't mistake say an O (letter) for 0 (number) etc.... with the others.
 

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  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
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    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
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    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
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    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
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    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
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    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
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    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

BrianB

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Hello Brian,

Since you already have your Media Center key, you could use step 2 in the tutorial below to add Media Center. :)

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/6559-windows-media-center-add-windows-8-a.html

Okay, I did this, but ran into a problem. When I enter the code it says "this key will not work." It goes on to say re-enter the code or get another one if it doesn't work. Well, I checked and rechecked, and re-entered the code, but it says the same thing. It just won't work. In the email from Microsoft it did say the key expires on Jan 31, but it's only the 26th. Any suggestions or reasons why it's not working?

The key might be case sensitive.

Well it was in all caps, so that is what I used. Just for the heck of it I went back and tried lower-case, still notta. Thanks, though!

Brian,

In addition, have you used this key on any other computer? You only get one key per email address. If you register for another key using the same address, you will still only get the same key again.

Double check to make sure that you didn't mistake say an O (letter) for 0 (number) etc.... with the others.

This got my hopes, lol. But then when I went back and checked my key I realized that it has no O or 0's. :confused: I guess I'll just request a second key from an alternate email address. Thanks for all the help just the same though!
 

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  • OS
    Windows 8

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mvp
Hopefully it will go smooth with the new key.
 

My Computer

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  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
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    Thermaltake Core P3
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    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
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    Logitech MX Master 3
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    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
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    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

labeeman

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I've had my laptop for about a month now and when I first got it I did something (and I don't remember what at the moment) that said I needed to add the media center pack. Anyway, whatever I did said I needed to get a license key for the media pack. Well, Microsoft just emailed me my key today but I don't really know what to do with it. How do I go about installing the media pack so I can enter the key?

You do realize that the key is only good for Windows 8 Pro not Windows 8.

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/6559-windows-media-center-add-windows-8-a.html

Note   Note
If you have Windows 8 Pro installed, then you can add Windows Media Center by buying the Windows 8 Media Center Pack.

If you have Windows 8 installed, then you will need to buy the Windows 8 Pro Pack to have Media Center added and all the features of Windows 8 Pro.
 

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    lenovo W530
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    intell i7
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    Lenovo
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    1920x1080
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    512 gb ssd
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BrianB

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I've had my laptop for about a month now and when I first got it I did something (and I don't remember what at the moment) that said I needed to add the media center pack. Anyway, whatever I did said I needed to get a license key for the media pack. Well, Microsoft just emailed me my key today but I don't really know what to do with it. How do I go about installing the media pack so I can enter the key?

You do realize that the key is only good for Windows 8 Pro not Windows 8.

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/6559-windows-media-center-add-windows-8-a.html

Note   Note
If you have Windows 8 Pro installed, then you can add Windows Media Center by buying the Windows 8 Media Center Pack.

If you have Windows 8 installed, then you will need to buy the Windows 8 Pro Pack to have Media Center added and all the features of Windows 8 Pro.

Alright, I think I should be embarrassed to admit this; heck, I know I should be. No, I did not realize that. I have Windows 8, not Windows 8 Pro. So I guess this means I have to cough up the cash, right?
 

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BrianB

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And for the record, I just received my second key that was sent to my alternate email, and it won't work either. So I assess that labeeman's point is accurate. The problem is that I don't have W8 Pro.
 

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Yep, that would be the problem then. You can only do that in Windows 8 Pro. Otherwise, you would have to purchase the Windows 8 Pro Pack to have Media Center added and all the features of Windows 8 Pro. :(
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

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