Why Windows 8 Pro vl can not upgrade the windows media center?

Dear Microsoft:
      Thank you for  your free Windows 8 Media Center Pack product key,but  I  can not  upgrade the WMC.Because I can not find the "Tap or click Add features to Windows  8".  My system  is windows8 pro vl.At  the end,how can I upgrade the WMC?Please give me your help!
        Thanks a lot !
                                                                                   Kelvin   

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Hi,
 
Thank you for posting the query in Microsoft community!
As I understand you are facing issues upgrading Windows Media Center.
  1. What exactly happens when you enter the product key and proceed? Do you receive any error message?
  2. What are you referring to when you say "Windows 8 Pro vl"?
You may want to refer the following link to see if you are doing everything correct.
Add Windows Media Center to Windows 8 Pro
Please let us know the results of the provided steps; also feel free to post us if you face Windows issue in future.
We would be happy to help!

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I think that what he is saying is that he has installed the windows 8 pro volume license version.

We don't get the option under settings to "add windows 8 feature".

I also went to the site and requested a free key for Windows Media Center.  Right now I have no way of using the key. 

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I have the same problem, i have Windows 8 Pro volume license version, it came with my PC from work, i've tried to add my free WMC key with no luck, i don't have the add features to windows 8. Even i've tried using slui 3 to add the key but no luck. even used control /name Microsoft.WindowsAnytimeUpgrade but this doesn't do anything.

Is very annoting because Microsoft said that all Windows 8 Pro versions can add WMC for free until january 2013
Ing. Douglas Alexander Roos Didencu

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I also have this issue and I am finding it extremely frustrating that you cannot enable Media Center.


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same boat here.. come on MS. show us Admins some love.. why should we have to buy another version if we are within our VLK agreement to use our license.

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Here is a possible work around.  If you have the msdn subscription, use the windows 8 iso. When prompted to enter a key, use the windows 8 pro retail key instead. This will actually install the pro version of windows 8.  Then you can use the key provided by Microsoft for windows media center. 

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Hi,
 
Thank you for posting the query in Microsoft community!
As I understand you are facing issues upgrading Windows Media Center.
  1. What exactly happens when you enter the product key and proceed? Do you receive any error message?
  2. What are you referring to when you say "Windows 8 Pro vl"?
You may want to refer the following link to see if you are doing everything correct.
Add Windows Media Center to Windows 8 Pro
Please let us know the results of the provided steps; also feel free to post us if you face Windows issue in future.
We would be happy to help!
I tried the steps but when I search for "add features" I only get the "Turn windows features on or off" dialog. I do NOT have media center installed so I cannot enable it through that dialog. I cannot find where to enter the media center key no matter what I try. It seems as though the control panel item itself is not installed! This means that I cannot install media center AT ALL!

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No MSDN subscription here so no dice with that

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MSDN versions of Windows 8 pro don not have 'Add Features to Windows 8' available. No idea why this is crippled in subscription versions of the OS but it makes for a very annoying experience and looking at the forums I have not seen any solution or even an indication the MS understand the issue. One suggestion was to reinstall a lower version of the OS (non-Pro). Reinstalling an OS is very rarely a practical solution for anyone.

 

Can someone please look into this?

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Just went through the same experience here, had a VL copy and upgraded to Windows 8 Pro from the TechNet subscription...  Don't even see the box now to add the media centre key, which is ridiculous.  After many net searches, I'm still drawing a blank also..

 

Windows 8 Pro is activated properly, just not allowing me to add in the new feature..  Product ID is 00178-10778-10290-AA378.

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