For the first time, Windows Media Center, the digital video recorder software from Microsoft, which has always been a part of the Windows operating system will not be included in Windows 8 by default. It will be available as a paid media add-on, for which you’ll have to fork out an additional $10. While ten bucks sounds cheap, when you consider that you are required to run Windows 8 Pro to be able to install the media center pack, the proposition suddenly turns very expensive.
To make Windows 8 as affordable as possible Microsoft is selling the standard Windows 8 license for $39.99 and Windows 8 Pro is on offer at $69.99. But these are discounted prices and available only until January 31, 2013 starting from October 26, 2012. After the end of this period, the price could jump to $199 for Windows 8 Pro.
Microsoft is also knocking off the $10 media pack charge until January 31. If you act now, you can get a license key for Windows 8 Media Center Pack at no cost. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t bought Windows 8 yet. It also doesn’t matter if you haven’t even decided you want to buy Windows 8 or not. Signup for the free media center license now – you can use it latter once you’ve made up your mind.
Simply visit this page and enter you email address. You will receive your license key by email.
On Windows 8, move the mouse cursor on the lower-right corner of the screen until you see the charms menu. Click on Search.
Choose Settings on the left and type “add features”. Click or touch on Add features.
In the next window you will be prompted through the steps to buy a product key or enter a procust key you’ve already bought. Choose the second option, enter the key you received in your email and click Next.
Windows 8 will now commence downloading the media center pack. Once that is installed, you will be able to play DVDs and Blu-ray discs.