Install Windows Media Center on Windows 8

If you’re one of the many people who installed Windows 8 RTM, you had to wait until October 26th before you could install Windows Media Center on your machine. I immediately tried to add the feature to Windows 8 and got the message that the product key I was using would not work.

This key won’t work. Check it and try again, or try a different key.

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In order to install Windows Media Center on Windows 8 RTM, you won’t be able to use the Technet key you used to install Windows 8. Luckily, Microsoft is giving away Windows Media Center for free until January 31st, 2013. First, go to this site and fill in your email address.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/feature-packs

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Note that you can only get Windows Media Center Pack if you have Windows 8 Pro installed. So if you don’t have Windows 8 Pro, you’ll need to first purchase the Pro pack upgrade. Once you do that, you can then install Media Center for free. After January, it’s going to be $10.

After about 12 or so hours, you should get an email with a new product key for activating Windows Media Center Pack.

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Now to add the feature, you have to go to the Control Panel and click on Add features to Windows 8.

Add new features

Next, you want to choose the I already have a product key option.

Product key

Your product key should work and you should see the Ready to add new features dialog box.

Ready to add

Windows Media Center will now be installed automatically and you’ll have to restart your computer after it has finished.

Adding features

That’s about it! You should now have Windows Media Center installed. Unfortunately, Microsoft is forcing users to install the Pro pack in order to add Windows Media Center. Considering you can purchase a Windows 8 Upgrade for $39.99, it’s kind of harsh to charge $69.99 for the upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8 Pro!

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