Big news for folks who were hoping Microsoft would include support for Windows Media Center in its next operating system.
Thankfully, there are still plenty of third party applications for folks who want to operate a Windows-powered home theater PC (HTPC).
Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. Enfin Microsoft propose une version gratuite de sa suite bureautique Microsoft Office 2010. Vous avez remarque sans doute, l'absence de Windows Media Center avec la version Windows 8 Pro.Microsoft vous propose de l'avoir gratuitement avant le 31 janvier 2013.
As part of the Windows 8 promotion, Microsoft has given away Windows Media Center keys for free to interested users. Depending on whether you have upgraded Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, from a previous Microsoft operating system, or did a clean install, you may not have access to Media Center right away.
The easiest way to find out if you have it installed is to enter Media Center on the start screen of the operating system. Windows RT users are out of luck, Media Center is not available for their operating system. If you already have a Media Center product key, select "I already have a product key" from the window that opens up on the desktop. If you need a key, select "I want to buy a product key online" instead and follow the instructions. The computer will restart if everything turned out to be alright and Windows Media Center will be installed in the process.
If you already have a product key for Media Center, it is a no-brainer to add the program to the Windows 8.1 operating system. Martin Brinkmann is a journalist from Germany who founded Ghacks Technology News Back in 2005. Strikes me MS are just lost in rigmarole these days, with little idea of the priorities of their customer base.
The most essential thing here is of course what was mentioned only very briefly: by far the most users have a regular Win8 edition, not the required Pro version. This means that if you have Win7 and you use WMC for watching TV (like I do), the Microsoft marketeers in their infinite wisdom have given us one more reason to stick with Win7 instead of "upgrading" to Win8. Do they really not understand that asking $110 extra, just for keeping a Media Center that we already have up and running today, is not exactly a convincing offer? No features are available to purchase yet - check again after the official launch date to add media centre. I have windows 8.1 I got through Dreamspark and it wont accept the product key to add media center to my pc. I tried to install but after saying it is a valid key it comes back saying that I must try a different key. Ehmsas.exe is one of Media Center Media Status Aggregator services which belongs to Microsoft eHome Windows Media Center developed by Microsoft Corporation. Disable Windows Firewall and Windows Defender and display pops- up to block the update process of Windows Firewall and Windows Defender. Prevent network functions from working properly for blocking third- party security protection tool from downloading and installing completely. Drastically reduce system performance via consuming system resources to allow remote hackers to enter the system. Windows registry is the database used to store settings and configuration for low- level system components and third- party applications which are closely related with system performance. In this article there is a comparison between  windows media center and Windows media player.


This article has been collectively authored by MSWinUpdate's Editorial team that has done extensive research about the topic covered above. With Windows 8 Pro Microsoft would require you to purchase an additional license to get Media Center which means users need to shell out extra bucks. So let’s see how you can grab the upgrade license key for free and get the Media Center upgrade pack. Step 3: Windows will now ask you if you would like to buy a product key or whether you would like to use a product key you already have.
That’s all, Windows will now check for the key and install the Media Center upgrade on your computer.
The free upgrade offer expires on January 31, 2013 and the cost of the upgrade will be around $10 thereafter.
Bott noted that Microsoft actually disbanded the Windows Media Center team as far back as 2009. It is interesting to note that you did not have to own a Windows 8 license to snag a key, and that each customer could get up to five Media Center keys for free in that period. That may also be the case if you are a die-hard fan of it, or have used it extensively on your previous system.
He is passionate about all things tech and knows the Internet and computers like the back of his hand. When I try to buy the product key online, it says that 'sorry, online purchase is'nt available in your region.' WTF? There are only links to a page on a microsoft site telling you how to do the same thing as found above. It had in fact installed, and I eventually noticed that above the system tray on the desktop it said that I had windows 8.1 with Media Center. It has since then become one of the most popular tech news sites on the Internet with five authors and regular contributions from freelance writers. Its spyware- free version has been digitally signed from Microsoft Windows Publisher – VeriSign Time Stamping Services Signer. Any registry problems will result in a list of complicated system issues, such as slowdown of system performance, increase of annoying system pops- up, drop of browser running speed, failure to run system components and unexpected system shutdown.
Multiple editorial inputs are involved in the above article and therefore, no particular author has been exclusively credited for the research, analysis and writing. You might be aware of the fact that you cannot play DVD movies in Windows 8 Media Player and you need Windows Media Center installed on your computer to watch DVD movies.
However, the good news is that if you have already installed Windows 8 Pro on your computer, you can get the Windows 8 Media Center now for free.
You will have to provide your email, fill in the security captcha and click on the button Send my product key. Once your System Properties page opens up, wait for it to load your product details and click on the link Add features to Windows 8.
Please make sure your computer has a seamless internet connection (wired connection will be an added advantage).
You can now search for the Media Center program in Start Screen and use it to play Movies and DVD’s. I’d suggest even if you have not yet upgraded to Windows 8 and you are planning to do it soon, reserve an upgrade license. Windows Media Center has seen declining popularity over the years, but was a popular video and music playback tool, especially for folks who used computers as home media center PCs.
If you just want to play DVDs - Blu-Rays are not supported - then you may want to try free alternatives like VLC Media Player instead for that instead to see if it fits the bill.
The powerful tool has the ability to help user totally solve annoying registry problems through its built- in comprehensive registry maintenance toolkits.


With Media center on your Desktop, you can watch movies and live shows and  pause them so that you don’t miss your favourite part.
There are many third-party players, like Boxee and XBMC that you could use, but if you have already been using Media Center in Windows 7 you’d probably prefer the same on Windows 8 as well. This is a limited period offer and you should avail it if you’ve already purchased Windows 8 Pro. Microsoft will take on your request and tell you that they will be sending the license key within next 24 hours. As the installer will restart the computer in the middle of the installation without even prompting, make sure you save and close all the programs running on your computer. So, if you want DVD playback on Windows 8.x, you need Windows Media Center or a third party alternative.
If you are running the regular version of Windows 8 instead, you need to purchase the Pro upgrade for $99.99 first before you can add Media Center as well. With the toolkits, users are empowered to totally eliminate unused registry components, fix obscure registry error pops- up and repair the damaged registry files. The only way I could get out of this was to roll back to the restore point before Media Center was installed.
However, Edition of Windows Media Player was also launched for Mac OS, Mac OS X and Solaris but the development has been discontinued now.
Windows Media Player is audio and video player that comes as pre-installed application with Windows Operating System.
Additionally, it can rip music to and from the compact discs, burn audio and video CDs, sync content with other media players and allow users to purchase songs from number of online music store.
With Microsoft introducing Windows 8 recently, they also unveiled that Windows Media Center is not going to be free anymore if user is willing to use it on Windows 8.
And the latest version available in the market is Windows Media Player 12 which comes only with Windows 7. And we have already discussed this in our previous article ‘ How to get Windows Media Center for Windows 8?’.
Personally, it is my choice of Media Player when it comes to playing music and watching movies on my PC. I wrote it a long time ago, but it still works great and it should do what you want it to do.
With the majority of my body paralyzed and a very upbeat attitude I have a unique perspective on technology, living life, building homes and everything in between. TV location, PC location, how far you can sit from the TV, microphone location for voice control. I’ve tried voice control with my media center but have had trouble with command accuracy especially when listening to loud music or during loud movie scenes and we have a family of 4 and a dog which means noise control is an issue for me.
I have taken a different approach which uses head trackers and clicking software to control my media center. Best regards-Sig Sig June 19, 2013 at 11:17 AM Reply Hey Mike, I also wanted to make you and your readers aware of another site dedicated to technology solutions for physically challenged users. There is an excellent section on hands-free computing and I just added my latest contribution an article about Home Automation.



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