Windows 8

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?

Will you be downloading a free copy of the Windows 8 Media Center Pack? Have you done so already? If so, what has been your experience? As always, if you have comments or information to share about this topic, please take a moment to drop by the TechRepublic Community Forums and let us hear from you.

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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.