Windows 8 comes included with Windows Media Player. But do not mix Windows Media Player with Windows Media Center. Since, Windows Media Player in Windows 8 can’t play DVD movies anymore, you have to either opt for an alternative player such as VLC Media Player or you will need to buy Windows 8 Media Center Pack key. Yes, you read it correct, with Windows 8 Pro, you have to buy a separate license for Windows Media Center, which used to come bundled with earlier versions of Windows.

If you are an owner of Windows 8 Pro license, here’s some good news for you. To promote Windows 8 among its users, Microsoft is giving away free Windows 8 Media Center Pack product keys. You can use this free Windows 8 Media Center Pack key to upgrade Windows 8 Pro to Windows 8 Pro Pack. If you are having Windows 8 license, you will need to first upgrade to Windows 8 Pro, before you can activate Windows 8 Pro Pack using the promo license key. You can get the free license until January 31, 2013.

How to get Windows 8 Media Center Pack license key for free?

To receive the free product key to activate Windows 8 Media Center Pack, you just need to give a valid email address in this page. You don’t need to give any other information to receive your free product key. Within 24 hours you should receive the product key through the email address you provided.

Windows 8 Media Center Pack free license

How to add Windows 8 Pro Pack or Windows 8 Media Center Pack to Windows 8?

  • 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 tap or click I already have a product key.

windows 8 add features

  • 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. Your PC will restart automatically after installation.

Below are some FAQs about the promotion:

  • The promotional price is limited to one license per PC and a maximum limit of five licenses per customer.
  • The promotion is supported in all countries that Windows 8 is available in beginning on October 26, 2012, through January 31, 2013.
  • The update turns Windows 8 Pro into Windows 8 Media Center Pack version.
  • The product key will be emailed to you within 24 hours. The promotion is limited to one product key per email address.
  • The promotion is for customers like students, home users, and enthusiasts. Organizations can be eligible subject to this maximum limit per organization.
  • To qualify for this promotion your PC must be running Windows 8 Pro. Additional hardware may be required to watch and record live TV.
  • The installation of Windows 8 Media Center Pack includes 90 days of no-charge support from Microsoft. The 90-day period begins after you install and activate Windows 8 Media Center Pack.

Source: Microsoft


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  1. Hey.

    I have one desktop pc and one laptop, both upgraded to Windows 8 Pro. I just got my first key to add the Media Center, which I did for my desktop PC.

    Can I use the same key on my laptop also? If not, can I order another key with the same email address I used before? If not, can I use my other email address?

    In other words, what does this mean exactly: “The promotional price is limited to one license per PC and a maximum limit of five licenses per customer.”.

    Thank you :).

    • Hello Jay,

      According to the promo terms, “each license applies to only one PC and may only be installed on PCs that are running Windows 8” and “the promotional prices are limited to a maximum limit of five licenses per customer.”

      Hope it clears your doubt. :)

      • “Five licenses per customer”

        meaning that if I would need 5 licenses, I also need 5 different email addresses?

        • Microsoft did not clearly mentioned if you need five different email addresses. I assume you don’t need. Try using your same email address to request another key. If it doesn’t work, try using a different email address. ;-)

          • Okies, thanks :).

            Btw.. how would they know if one person claims 100+ Product Keys using different emails… ;)

          • The product key is for the add-on only. So, basically you still need to have a valid Windows 8 Pro key to activate Windows 8 Media Center using this product key. ;-)

            Also, Microsoft may also track the IP addresses (just an assumption). :-)

  2. im still waiting on my product key can u send one to my email address please thank you…

      • Microsoft usually takes some time to send the free key. You just have to have patience. :-)

        • ok because its been like 5 days all ready I keep on trying to do it again and again

          • Try to use another email address. As the promotion is now very popular, Microsoft is lagging behind in sending the key in time.

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