Howto: Get Windows 8 Media Center Pack for free

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Windows 8 no longer has support for DVD playback and the Windows Media Center application which lets you watch and record live TV is no longer included by default. Microsoft decided to make Windows Media Center a paid add-on for Windows 8, but if you're quick you can still get it for free by following the steps below.

This offer expires on January 31, 2013, to qualify you need a PC with Windows 8 Pro and each customer can get up to five licenses, if you have that many Windows 8 Pro licenses. To receive a key for Windows 8 Media Center Pack, surf to Microsoft's website and enter your e-mail address. An e-mail with details on how to obtain Media Center will automatically be dispatched to you (this can take a few hours).
Add Windows 8 Pro Pack or Windows 8 Media Center Pack to your edition of Windows

  • Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, and then click Search.)

  • Enter add features in the search box, and then tap or click Settings .

  • Tap or click Add features to Windows 8 and then do one of the following:

    - If you need to purchase a product key, tap or click I want to buy a product key online.

    - You will be prompted through the steps to buy a product key from there and it will be entered for you.

    - If you already have a product key, tap or click I already have a product key.

  • Enter your product key and click Next.

  • Read the license terms, select the check box to accept the license terms, and then click Add features.

    If you were running Windows 8, your PC will restart automatically and Windows 8 Pro With Media Center will be on it.

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