Free Windows 8 Media Center Pack

Microsoft originally stated that Windows 8 wouldn’t include Windows Media Center for free, and that Windows Media Center would only be available as a chargeable upgrade with no new features.  This disappointed many HTPC enthusiasts such as myself, but Microsoft have done a bit of a u-turn and are offering Windows Media Center for free to Windows 8 Pro customers until January 31st 2013.

To receive the free offer, customers have to visit this page and enter their email address and a Windows 8 Media Center Pack key will be emailed for free.  I think there’s a problem with the system though as it took over a day for my key to arrive.

I haven’t had time to delve into Windows 8 Media Center, but I couldn’t see any new features or changes from Windows 7 Media Center.  This is a bit disappointing, but hopefully by making Windows 8 Media Center a premium product, Microsoft will have to at least respond to known bugs, which they didn’t do with Windows 7 Media Center.

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