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Upgrading To Win8? How To Avoid Paying $40 Extra For Media Centre

Most versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7 included Media Centre, which allows you to use your living room computer as a TV tuner and audio/video player.  

With the move to Windows 8, however, Microsoft has dropped Media Centre from the basic product, apparently citing the cost of additional decoder licences as the main reason for having to charge almost $40 for the add-in.

However, you can still get Media Centre for free if you upgrade to Windows 8 Pro before the end of January 2013.  Just head to and enter your email address, and you'll receive the software plus a licence key.

Windows Media Centre makes a great TV and PVR (personal video recorder) combo. So it's definitely worth getting hold of a copy while it's free, even if you don't intend to install it right away.


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by godel on 8. November 2012 - 1:54  (102021)

You get one license per email address. :)

Mine took just over 24 hours to show up. Check your spam folder if it doesn't show.

by AlanWade (not verified) on 6. November 2012 - 19:50  (101950)

I paid $15 for the upgrade and as stated they are going to sell Media Center for $10.
Can you see anyone, anyone at all wanting to buy it? There are much better freebies about.

by Allen (not verified) on 7. November 2012 - 17:44  (102011)

NPVR at is the only decent free software that allows live TV to be viewed and recorded from, say, your TV tuner USB stick. But it is not perfect software. The PCTV software that comes when you buy a PCTV Systems USB stick is about the best software I have seen (I do not yet have MS MC).

by Peter Gaughran (not verified) on 7. November 2012 - 16:50  (102008)

Like what? XMBC or MythTv are both good, but don't have the Live TV capability that Windows MC has, or at least, no where near as good.

With a single codec pack I can watch anything through MC, including Live TV.

by kathlb (not verified) on 7. November 2012 - 13:17  (101994)


From what I understand, in order to qualify for that price, you had to buy a new computer or laptop. Right?

by Brolly (not verified) on 6. November 2012 - 11:30  (101944)

Wow this is great. I just got windows 8 pro for $39.99 yesterday and today I find this.

Good find!

by grimbles on 5. November 2012 - 19:53  (101922)

Where did you get the idea the WMC add-on costs $40.00? The entire Widows 8 upgrade only costs $40.00. The Media Center add-on costs $10.00, not $40.00.