If you are following the latest tech news then you might have already known that Windows Media Center is no longer a integral part of Windows. With the announcement of Windows 8 SKUs, Microsoft has also explained its plan to exclude Windows Media Center from Windows 8. Now Media Center will be a “media pack” add-on to Windows 8 Pro edition only. Today we will show you how to Enable Media Center in Windows 8 Release Preview ( RC Build ) for completely free of cost.
When the final RTM version of Windows 8 will be released then Windows Media Center will be available as an economical “media pack” add-on to Windows 8 Pro users. If you have Downloaded and installed the recently launched Windows 8 Release Preview ( RC Build ) , then you might have noticed that the Windows Media Center is missing from your computer. Which is very much expected after the previous announcement from Microsoft. But at least for now, you can get back the Windows Media Center on your Windows 8 Release Preview build.
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If you are a Media Center lover and can’t live without it, you can now add Windows Media Center to Windows 8 Release Preview build very easily and for free. Just after the launch of “Windows 8 Release Preview” Microsoft has updated their Windows 8 FAQ Page with the method to get back Media Center in Windows 8. Just follow the given below instructions to enable Windows Media Center in Windows 8 Release Preview build.
1. 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”.
2. Enter “add features” in the search box, and then tap or click “Add features to Windows 8” .
3. Tap or click “I already have a product key” and Enter this product key:
and then click Next.
4. Select the checkbox to accept the license terms and then click “Add features”.
Your PC will restart and Windows Media Center will now be on your PC and the tile will be pinned to the Start screen. But keep in mind that The license code provided in this article is only valid for the “Windows 8 Release Preview Build” and this license code will not work on the Final RTM version of Windows 8. You'll have to purchase a new product key using Windows Media Center add-on pack from Microsoft to keep using Windows Media Center in the Final version of Windows 8.