Unlike Windows 7, Window 8 ships without Media Center, Microsoft’s TV viewing experience. For Windows 8, Microsoft decided to make it available as a paid upgrade. The good news for early adapaters is that Microsoft is offering Media Center for free (for limited time) to Windows 8 Pro users. Find out how to get free keys for Media Center after the jump!
If you have a PC running Windows 8 Pro, head over to the Windows website and claim your free Media Center key. You will need to enter your email address to get the key and with each e-mail address, you can only obtain one product key for the Media Center Pack. You can use multiple email IDs to get more keys if you have multiple Windows 8 Pro running PCs.
Once you get the product key by email, follow the simple steps below to get Windows Media Center:
- Open Start Screen and search for Add Features to Windows 8 which will be then shown in search results. Open it.
- In new windows opened, select I already have a product key and enter the product key you just have received.
- Proceed Next and accept license terms and then click Add features.
- Now Windows will start adding Windows Media Center and during the process your PC will restart.
- After your PC restarts, you will see Windows Media Center tile in Start Screen.
The offer applies to Windows 8 Pro users only. Those running Windows 8 will have to purchase Windows 8 Pro Pack before getting Windows Media Center for free. The offer is for limited time and valid till January 31, 2013.