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Slideshow: Download and install the Windows 8 Media Center Pack for free

Under normal circumstances, the Windows 8 Media Center Pack will cost $9.99

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As you may recall, when Microsoft was preparing Windows 8, the company announced that it had decided not to include Windows Media Center in the operating system anymore and instead would make it available as a separate download for a nominal fee once Windows 8 was released. While this raised the ire of quite a few long time Windows Media Center users, Microsoft made a fairly reasonable case for removing the application from the operating system in this blog post on the Building Windows 8 web site. After reading this post, many folks that I spoke with at the time shifted their point of contention from the removal to the cost of the add-on pack, which Microsoft vaguely described as in line with marginal costs.

Fortunately, Microsoft did remain true to their word. If you go to the Add features to Windows 8 tool in Windows 8 Pro, you'll see that the Windows 8 Media Center Pack will cost $9.99.

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14 comments
rtorres
rtorres

Hello! Thanks for a very informative article. What happens if in the future, my PC's hard drive dies and I have to re-install Windows 8, Do I have to buy Windows Media Center key and go through the whole process again? Regards

raproy2
raproy2

I haven't even gotten to the upgrade to media center yet. But, I would like to make a comment about the upgrade for $39.99. Sounds great until you realize that a lot of the programs from xp, vista and 7 will not work on windows 8 and if you want to install your old operating system you have to also BUY an upgrade disk if you want to upgrade with Windows 8 later. No TOS file to use. You have to buy an upgrade disk. It's no bargain for what you get. So, it will cost 70 dollars total. oh, Plus tax. I am very dissapointed with this operating system. Just like Vista it was released before it was done. Between crashes and notices that programs are not compatable it's not worth the effort. Do yourself a favor. If you have Windows xp or Vista upgrade to Windows7. I just wasted over $200.00 on Windows 8 programs and not to mention the time trying it to work correctly. I build and repair and build Windows pcs and notbook. So, it's not like I don't know what I am doing. And BTW: A number of people I know who got the new Windows tablet, they also freeze and crash. I'll keep the programs and use them in maybe a year when they finally get all of the crap out of it. I am a club dj also and The fade option on the media player doesn't even work on Windows 8. It fades every other song instead of everyone....

jpgarate
jpgarate

I know that Win 8 comes with the feature to reset to an initial state or clean install. The question will obviously be “Will Media Center remain installed or do I have to install it again”. If I do have to install it again where am I going to get another Product Key, if the one that was provided will no longer be good.

luis.sansan
luis.sansan

I was confused that the e-mail did not arrived immediately so I filled the solicitude twice and I received two e-mails. I do not understand why this delay. At the end my free copy is working

Ackros
Ackros

still not free i just started the process and got asked for billing info... eh no its NOT FREE

HAL 9000
HAL 9000 moderator

It clearly says [b]However, between now and January 31, 2013, if you are running Windows 8 Pro, you can download and install the Windows 8 Media Centre Pack for FREE. [/b] I Believe that Free means Free in this case. Though I did correct the spelling error in Centre. ;) Col

brian.illy
brian.illy

The title says "Download and install the Windows 8 Media Center Pack for free". It is not "for free" it is for $9.99

Ackros
Ackros

lmao - nice one Shailen i had to read the article 3 times before i realised i was right the first time i read it and noticed theres nothing FREE about it. lol

Erdos2
Erdos2

Requires going to a web page to get the key that makes it free. Looks like it is a 72 hour wait today, which probably means that a human will supply it on Monday. If the article was written better, the instruction for getting to the second slide would have been on the first slide text. (You won't see the second image until you read the text below it in the article)

GreyTech
GreyTech

The price is £6.99 and is billed through arvato distribution GmbH. Also not free to TechNet subscribers!

lenniejoel
lenniejoel

Webster - center (US) Oxford - centre (International) Microsoft - Media Center (title of package and must be used us such)

sparent
sparent

Yup! I got the 72 hours notice as well. Glad I did today. Should have it in time for the weekend.