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

The DVD codec allows you to immediately begin in watching movies

I immediately inserted one of my favorite DVD movies and sat back and enjoyed the show.

Things to keep in mind

When you download and install your free copy of the Windows 8 Media Center Pack, there are a few things that you will need to keep in mind.

  • Just like the offer expires on January 31, 2013, so too does the product key. So, if you download it today, make sure that you install the Windows 8 Media Center Pack before the expiration date.
  • The Windows 8 Media Center Pack adds all Windows Media Center functionality back to Windows 8 Pro including broadcast TV recording and playback and DVD playback. This means that the Windows 8 Media Center pack comes with a codec for DVD, but not Blu-ray. If you want to play Blu-ray in Windows Media Center, you will need to get the appropriate codec from a third-party.
  • The DVD codec that comes with Windows 8 Media Center pack only works with Windows Media Center, it does not work with Windows Media Player.
  • This free promotion is limited to one product key per email address. So if you have more than one Windows 8 Pro system on which you want to install Windows 8 Media Center Pack, you will need to fill in the form again with different email addresses.

What's your take?

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Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.