If you’re already running Windows 8 Release Preview there is a chance that you may have noticed that in this latest build, Media Center wasn’t included by default, instead it requires a feature upgrade, which will cost you some money when the operating system finally ships. However, for now it still free of charge and you can install Media Center in Windows 8 with a secondary product key supplied by Microsoft — note that the key used for OS installation will not work.
Now follow these steps to complete this task:
1. While in the Start screen, type add features, and then click on Add features to Windows 8.
2. Click I already have a product key.
3. Enter this product key: MBFBV-W3DP2-2MVKN-PJCQD-KKTF7 and then click Next.
4. Accept the license terms and then click Add features.
You computer will restart a couple of times and then Windows 8 Media Center will get installed, after you log back in to your account a new tile will appear in the Start screen.
If you used Windows MC in the past, you already know the benefits: Watch, record, pause and fast-forward live TV, plus the ability to manage all your media with a remote control (or 10-foot experience). However, now the Media Center pack will add the capability to play DVDs, as you may recall Microsoft is taking this feature away from Windows 8.