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  1. #51

    Portsmouth Hants
    Posts : 772
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center

    At the moment, Alpha, you're right, but what about the future - upgrading to the next Windows version perhaps - just a thought.

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  2. #52

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

    Quote Originally Posted by fafhrd View Post
    At the moment, Alpha, you're right, but what about the future - upgrading to the next Windows version perhaps - just a thought.
    If it's needed for something like that Microsoft would just re enable it with an update. Trying to get it back on your own is more than likely just going to mess something up.
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  3. #53

    South Coast NSW, Australia
    Posts : 615
    Windows 8.1 'Ultimate' RTM 64 bit (Pro/WMC).

    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by fafhrd View Post
    Jkeener - try using a different browser or clear your cookies - I believe Microsoft uses cookies to prevent form data being resent.
    To be on the safe side use another email address too.

    I got my Media Center upgrade key on 26/10/2012 - a few days before I received my upgrade to Windows 8 Pro. Upgraded to Pro then WMC without a hitch using the upgrade key in Add Features...

    Recently I checked if Add Features to Windows was still there, and it has disappeared - The executable WindowsAnytimeUpgrade.exe is also gone.

    Any ideas how to reinstate this - without resorting to a reset or refresh?

    SFC /scannow has failed to replace it.
    I wouldn't think there is any real need to put it back? There aren't any features to add. 8 Pro + MC is as good as it gets.
    An interesting snippet -

    Earlier this evening, I was benchmarking my new windows 8 Pro/WMC installation
    with SiSoft SANDRA (the latest 'free' version, updated for Windows 8).

    It consistently showed my OS as being 'Windows 8 Ultimate', so the reason 'Add
    Features' is gone is presumably because there's nothing left to update to.
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  4. #54

    I have 2 Win8 Computers Both are legitimate MS software.

    I had no trouble downloading the Key & software on the first one.

    I have tried down loading a key for the second one put the download for the key is consistently refused. I have tried different Email accounts Etc.

    It directed me to the Microsoft land line (HELP CENTER?) in Ireland.

    It was an automated phone & did not offer or respond to my problem. (My usual experience with Help Centers!)

    I expected more from Microsoft
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  5. #55

    I can't find the place to put the product key. When it opens up the add features there is NO place to enter a product key. I want to make sure I have it activated by Jan. 31st.
    Please help. Where does it go?
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  6. #56

    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10

    Here's how to check that you've activated Media Center, if you think you have but aren't 100% sure:

    1) Go to the System part of Control Panel . (A number of ways to get there but I use the <WindowsKey>+X shortcut then select "System".)
    2) Look for "Windows edition" near the top of the screen. If it says "Windows 8 Pro with Media Center" then you've activated Media Center.
    3) If you have requested more than one Media Center product key, then you can also find out which key you used by clicking on the "View details in Windows Activation" link at the bottom of this screen.
    4) From this Windows Activation screen, it shows "Current Product Key". The last few characters of this should match the last few characters of the Media Center product key you used on this computer, which you can check against the reminder emails.
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  7. #57

    Thanks so much David. Yes I had already activated it so not sure why I am getting emails to activate it. Anyway I will just ignore them from now on.
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  8. #58

    Posts : 14
    windows 8 pro mce

    I also got that email and my windows seems to be activated mediacenter version but on that more info of my activation window don't tell my activation date, is that a problem or just normal after mediacenter activation.
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  9. #59

    David Y: Mine says Windows WITH media center, so yep, right
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  10. #60

    Low & Behold! I received an Email Out of the Blue with a key for my Media Center!

    Microsoft must be scanning my Computer!

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