Lost windows media centre with windows 8.

How does one get the product key for windows 8 media centre, after loading windows 8 from a hard copy?
 

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Last updated March 24, 2018 Views 635 Applies to:

The "Free" key promotion ended on 1/31/13

Even if you obtained your free Media Center key before January 31, the Microsoft activation server will not honor they keys after January 31st, 2013.

 

If you tried to activate Media Center on the night of the 31st, but the process failed, then call the Microsoft store, they may or may not be able to help: http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/DisplayHomePage

 

Order a Media Center Product key; http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/feature-packs


 


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Free Media Center key Offer and use of key expiration dates:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/feature-packs


* Offer valid from October 26, 2012, until January 31, 2013, and is limited to five licenses per customer per promotion. To install Windows 8 Pro Pack, you must be running Windows 8. Internet access fees may apply. Prices shown are estimated retail prices; actual price may vary by retailer. If you purchase a new PC with Windows 8 preinstalled and you later upgrade that PC with Windows 8 Pro Pack, Windows 8 Media Center Pack, a volume license edition, or a retail edition, you will no longer be able to install apps that are provided exclusively from your PC manufacturer through the Windows Store. Get the full details on our special offers.


** Windows 8 Media Center Pack is available at no charge for a limited time only through this promotional page on Windows.com. If you obtain Windows 8 Media Center Pack through any other location fees might apply. Offer valid from October 26, 2012, until January 31, 2013, and is limited to one product key per email address. You qualify for this promotion if your PC is running Windows 8 Pro. Additional hardware may be required to watch and record live TV. You must provide a valid email address to receive your Windows 8 Media Center Pack product key. Your product key must be activated no later than January 31, 2013. Microsoft will only contact you at the email address you provide to send you your product key and to remind you when the activation period for your product key is ending. Catalysis Corporation is a third-party company we use to collect subscription information and process the delivery of these emails. If you purchase a new PC with Windows 8 preinstalled and you later upgrade that PC with Windows 8 Pro Pack, Windows 8 Media Center Pack, a volume license edition, or a retail edition, you will no longer be able to install apps that are provided exclusively from your PC manufacturer through the Windows Store. Get the full details on our special offers.

 


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Thanks,but it seems I've missed the boat with this one, by not loading windows 8 a few weeks ago.

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The Media Center key is now useless as to the best of my knowledge the Microsoft server will reject it.

 

If Windows 8 is working (less Media Center) try using it for a while and then decide if you need and want to pay for Media Center.

 

Media Center: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/get-started-with-windows-media-center

 

 

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The Windows 8 key never expires. You can upgrade now or 10 years from now. Only the free Media Center addon expired. Your problem--if you have a problem--is that you cannot upgrade from a hard copy--if that means an upgrade dvd. To use the upgrade disk you must have a qualifying version of windows installed. Reinstall your original windows and boot to the upgrade disk and do the installation. There is no retail full version of win 8 available.

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He didn't say there was a problem activating Windows 8, just Media Center, which leads me to believe he acquired the free MC key when it was available but failed to install / Upgrade to Windows 8 untill after the MC offer expired.

 

 

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I never received product key for windows media centre. I upgraded to windows 8 after cut off date for doing this had expired. I had upgrade disks in my possession for a few weeks and was unaware cut off date applied to media centre. I expect others have been caught out also. Windows 8 loaded from disk with no other problem.

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Then your fine, thats good to hear. As for Media Center you can purchase it or hold off if you think you don't need it. Do you have Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro installed?

 

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