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Windows Media Center is being offered free by Micrososft

  1. #21

    Anyone got a working UK based number for MS as the one I found on the site is dropping my calls after 30 seconds which is annoying

    I have been trying for 2 weeks now to get a free key sent and my first attempt said I would get one within 72 hours to no avail, every attempt since then using many different email addresses and IP's have resulted in 'We couldn't process your order'.

    I am running Windows 8 Pro just to clarify lol

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  2. #22

    Just an update, phoned the UK number and finally got through without the call dropping (turns out I was having work done by Virgin Media in my area) and after giving the product ID I was given an upgrade key right away over the phone and had an email sent to my address to confirm.

    I was told that if I forgot it in future and needed to reinstall Windows a record of it was stored with them which they could reissue me a new one.

    I asked about the site and was told that due to misuse the site was currently not taking further applications and that in the coming days a new system would be in place to ensure only those with Windows 8 could get a key.

    So all is well that ends well, 2 weeks waiting for a mail and I got it done within a few mins via phone.

    Well done MS
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  3. #23

    Posts : 177
    Win 8

    Registered but never got a key. Tried again and it said it was unavailable so gave up. Never liked it or used it, I have iTunes for music and I don't watch DVD/blurays on my PC so it's no great loss. I do have VLC for the rare occasion when I might need it.
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  4. #24

    I never use it either, likewise I use VLC or MediaPlayer Classic for all the things I need to view and iTunes and Spotify for all the things Aural

    The only reason I wanted it was because I hate it when things are advertised for free and then you can't get them, it drives me nuts lol

    Still worth adding though for those who use the PC as a media center although in all fairness why on earth would anyone do that when there is XBMC to use lol
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  5. #25

    Posts : 52
    Windows 8 Pro

    I was having this problem so I used the microsoft chat to contact them. the one who was helping me wanted to be sure my windows was legit lol. today I got an email from him with my key.

    I think they really need to check this because my brother just told me that many people are asking for the media center key using a pirated windows, and when they add it, then it starts working as an original version?? sorry my english is bad. so yeah, i understand why they are doing this.
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  6. #26

    Posts : 177
    Win 8

    Well who'd have thought it, just checking this latest post and my email arrives with my key, only took a couple of weeks!
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  7. #27

    Ha Ha I just had 3 turn up at once, hope they all don't turn up as I used 12 diff email addresses trying to get one key lol
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  8. #28

    Posts : 47
    Windows 8

    Mine dropped into my inbox today. Typically, I'm away from home tonight so won't have a chance to try it. Is there a WMC8 section in this forum?
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  9. #29

    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit

    It sounds like they tightened the requirements to get a key. There were or are people using a loophole in the process to cheat the requirement to actually buy Windows 8 Pro. Apparently it doesn't care if its OEM, Retail, or Volume license (KMS) as long as its 8 Pro and already activated. That's the way it was anyway. It wouldn't surprise me if (KMS) activated PC are now excluded. The free offer was never meant for business customers anyway.
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