Thursday, October 25, 2012

Windows 8 Media Center Pack is Free Until January 31


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.


  1. I have installed Windows 8. But when I complete registration for the above offer in the way described above no product key arrives in my email. I have tried several emails and checked my spam folder, but nothing ever comes. Why am I not receiving the product key to install Windows 8 Media Center Pack?

  2. Hmm... I hope they haven't run out of license keys. My suggestion is to wait, or maybe you can try their support forums.

  3. Apparently the writer of the article has never heard of Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows ME, Windows 98, Windows 95, Windows NT, Windows 3.x, Windows 2.0, and Windows 1.0 (not to mention the server editions of Windows). The "Media Center" application first appeared in Windows XP Media Center Edition, and Windows XP Home and Professional did not include it. Also, only certain editions of Windows Vista and Windows 7 included it. That's a far cry from "always been a part of the Windows operating system"...

  4. Charging for Media Center will really promote open-source media players like VLC...

  5. Media player VLC is much easier to use than Windows Media Center. It also plays more formats than Windows.

  6. Windows Media Center is actually quite a different product than VLC and other media players.

  7. Received mine but LH Australia says the addition of the Media Center doesn't allow the playing of DVDs in, say Windows Media Player, so it's not really much of a deal. XBMC, VLC, KM Player? I don't know . . . think I'm staying away from Win8 for awhile.

  8. I would be surely adding this feature to my new windows 8.Would be great playing videos on same.


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