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

The email message will contain your product key

I found this extremely annoying! I've never had to wait 48 hours just to get a verification email message - they always appear within the few minutes. For instance, when I filled out the request for the $15 Windows 8 Pro Upgrade Offer, I received the email containing the Promo Code almost immediately.

So, my advice to you is to plan ahead. If you want to install the free Windows 8 Media Center Pack on a Saturday when you have time to play around with it, make sure that you order the pack on a Wednesday to allow plenty of time for the email to arrive.

All griping aside, I must admit that being able to get Windows 8 Media Center Pack for free is a very nice little perk.

Using the Add features wizard

When you do receive the email, you'll find your Windows 8 Media Center Pack product key, as shown.

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