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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By Greg Shultz

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.