How to add Windows Media Center to Windows 8 Pro for free

Windows Media Center isn't included with Windows 8, but for a limited time, you can get it free of charge.

Windows Media Center for Windows 8
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Unlike Windows 7, Windows 8 will not come with Windows Media Center as part of the operating system. It's now an add-on that can be purchased through the Add Features option in Windows 8. For a limited time, however, Microsoft is offering Windows Media Center to Windows 8 Pro customers for free. Here's how to get it:

  1. Request your free product key from Microsoft's Web site.
  2. Hit the shortcut, Win+W, then type "add features." Select "Add features to Windows 8."
  3. Click on "I already have a product key," then enter your product key. Click Next to continue.
  4. Agree to the licensing agreement, then click "Add features."

Once the offer expires on January 31, 2013, the cost to add Windows Media Center will be $9.99. This offer does not apply to Windows 8 users who aren't running the Pro version. Non-Windows 8 Pro users will have to purchase the Windows 8 Pro Pack in order to get Windows Media Center.

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