Just provide your email address and type in the BotDetect CAPTCHA characters
However, between now and January 31, 2013, if you are running Windows 8 Pro, you can download and install the Windows 8 Media Center Pack for FREE. While you won't have to spend a penny to get the Windows 8 Media Center Pack during this period, you will have to spend some time waiting.
In this post, I will show you the steps involved in downloading and installing the Windows 8 Media Center Pack in Windows 8 Pro. As I do, I'll explain why you must be prepared to wait.
Just in case you are wondering, if you have the Base edition of Windows 8, you can get Windows Media Center by getting the Windows 8 Pro Pack, which will upgrade your operating system to Windows 8 Pro and add Windows Media Center. You can get the Windows 8 Pro Pack for the discounted price of $69.99. (It normally would sell for $99.99) This is also a limited time offer that expires on January 31, 2013.
Get your product key
Getting your free copy of the Windows 8 Media Center Pack is pretty straightforward procedure. On your Windows 8 system, launch Internet Explorer and point it to the Add features page on the Microsoft Windows 8 site. When you arrive at the page, read the introductory information and then scroll down to the Windows 8 Pro section as shown. Then, enter your email address, type the BotDetect CAPTCHA characters, and click the Send my product key button.
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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.
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
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....
I know that Win 8 comes with the feature to reset to an initial state or clean install. The question will obviously be âWill Media Center remain installed or do I have to install it againâ. 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.
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
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
The title says "Download and install the Windows 8 Media Center Pack for free". It is not "for free" it is for $9.99
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
Please consult the dictionary before posting: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/free
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)
The price is Â£6.99 and is billed through arvato distribution GmbH. Also not free to TechNet subscribers!
Webster - center (US) Oxford - centre (International) Microsoft - Media Center (title of package and must be used us such)