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    Windows Media Center - Add to Windows 8

    Windows Media Center - Add to Windows 8
    How to Add "Windows Media Center" to Windows 8 and 8.1
    Published by Brink is offline
    01 Jun 2012
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    How to Add "Windows Media Center" to Windows 8 and 8.1


    information   Information
    You can use Windows Media Center, a home entertainment center in Windows, to watch and record live TV, create slide shows of your photos, listen to songs in your music library, and play CDs and DVDs.
    Some editions of Windows include Windows Media Center. If you don't have Windows Media Center, follow these steps to get the Windows Media Center Pack. Note that you need an analog or digital TV tuner to play and record live TV. A TV tuner is a hardware device that lets you connect a TV signal to your PC. If your PC didn't come with a TV tuner, you might be able to add one.

    For more information about this, see:




    This tutorial will show you how to purchase install Windows Media Center in Windows 8 since it is not preinstalled by default.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

    Note   Note
    Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise will not have Add features to Windows 8/8.1 available since there are not any features available to add in that edition.

    Windows Media Center is available as an economical “media pack” add-on to your installed and activated Windows 8/8.1 Pro.

    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 8.1 Pro installed, then you can add Windows Media Center by buying the Windows 8.1 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.

    If you have Windows 8.1 installed, then you will need to buy the Windows 8.1 Pro Pack to have Media Center added and all the features of Windows 8.1 Pro.

    Tip   Tip
    Please be sure to save your email or print out the invoice for safe keeping of your purchased product key. Without this product key, you will not be able to add the Windows 8/8.1 Media Center Pack or Windows 8/8.1 Pro Pack again without having to purchase it again.

    If you lost your product key, then you could enter your order number, last name, email address, and country, along with the code displayed at Microsoft below to view your order information at any time.

    https://www.mswos.com/

    If you lost your product key and have the proof of purchase for the Windows 8/8.1 Media Center Pack or Windows 8/8.1 Pro Pack, then the Microsoft Store Support Team may be able to help you in recovering the product key for the product that you have purchased. You can contact the Microsoft Store Support Team from this link:

    Microsoft Store Support




    EXAMPLE: Windows Media Center

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    Here's How:

    1. Open the Add features to Windows 8/8.1 wizard, and do step 2 or 3 below depending on if you have already purchased the Windows 8/8.1 Media Center Pack or not.

    Note   Note
    Windows 8 /8.1Enterprise will not have Add features to Windows 8/8.1 available since there are not any features available to add in that edition.

    If you already installed the Window 8/8.1 Media Center Pack or Windows 8/8.1 Pro Pack, then Add features to Windows 8/8.1 since there are no longer any features available to add.


    2. If You Have Already Purchased the Windows 8 Media Center Pack
    NOTE: You can only install this on one Windows 8 installation. You will need a separate purchased key per installation.

    A) Click/tap on the I already have a product key option. (see screenshot below)

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    B) Enter your product key number for your purchased Windows 8 Media Center Pack, and click\tap on Next. (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: The key number in the screenshot is just the one from the Windows 8 Release Preview. It will no longer work.



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    C) Select (check ) the I accept the license terms box, and click/tap on Add features. (see screenshot below)

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    D) Go to step 4 below.

    3.
    If You Need to Purchase the Windows 8 Media Center Pack

    A) Select, and click/tap on Choose for the pack you need below. (see screenshot below)

    Note   Note
    If you have Windows 8/8.1 Pro installed, then you can get Windows Media Center by getting the paid Windows 8/8.1 Media Center Pack.

    If you have Windows 8/8.1 installed, then you will need to buy the Windows 8/8.1 Pro Pack and then enjoy Media Center and all the features of Windows 8 Pro.



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    B) Finish filling out any required billing information, and click on Next.

    4.
    Windows Media Center will now start to be added to Windows 8, and your PC will automatically restart during the process. (see screenshot below)

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    5. When your PC has finished restarting, you will now notice that Windows Media Center will be pinned to your Start screen. (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: You may need to scroll over right more to see it.

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    6. Open the desktop, and click/tap on Close. (see screenshot below)

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    7. The Add features to Windows 8/8.1 wizzard will now no longer be available since there are no longer any additional features available to be added.


    That's it,
    Shawn


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    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Thanks Shawn! I found this Add Features by accident and was wondering why it wouldn't accept my product key, the one I used to install. I just left it there thinking it's a feature not yet available, but thanks for your tut I found out you need to use another code.


    Kari

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    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Kari,

    Yeah, I thought it was a pretty well hidden feature. It appears to be a newer version of "Windows Anytime Upgrade".
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    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Yeah. How the h*** is a user supposed to know it's asking about product key for WMC, not for Windows?
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    Windows 8 Pro


    *Offer valid from October 26, 2012, until January 31, 2013, and is limited to five licenses per customer per promotion.
    What's mean by 5 licenses per customer per promotion? Is it mean we can installed it in 5 computer with the same key that we got from email?
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    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Coolkips, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Nope. It means that you can request up to 5 separate keys one at a time. Each key can only be used on one computer.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Covington, La
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    It is also limited to one free key per e-mail address, so you need 5 e-mail address to get 5 keys. Also the key must be activated before Jan 31.

    Jim
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    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Coolkips, and welcome to Eight Forums. Nope. It means that you can request up to 5 separate keys one at a time. Each key can only be used on one computer. Hope this helps, Shawn
    Quote Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
    It is also limited to one free key per e-mail address, so you need 5 e-mail address to get 5 keys. Also the key must be activated before Jan 31. Jim
    Thanks... Hmm... I think still possible to get more than 5... Isn't it?
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    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    It's limited to one license per PC and a maximum limit of five licenses per customer. Let's not be greedy.
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    Posts : 18
    Windows 8 Pro W/ WMC


    For any of you that requested the free product key, how long did it take to receive it via e-mail. When I requested it, it said 72 hours. It's now been five days????
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