How to get your free Windows Media Center key for Windows 8 Pro

Users of the Windows 8 Pro edition can receive a free product key for Windows Media Center for a limited time. Media Center is Microsoft’s software for watching DVD’s, streaming movies and TV shows. If you don’t have Media Center installed, you will have to choose a third party application such as VLC Player or Real Player for watching DVD movies. Some PC OEMs will include a built in DVD player such as Power DVD. Users of Windows 8 must upgrade to Windows 8 Pro in order to receive the free Media Center. Lets take a look at how to do it.

First, make sure you have Windows 8 Pro installed, to find out if you have it installed:

Press Windows key + X

Click System and look under Windows edition


So we have confirmed we have Windows 8 Pro is installed. Next step is to go to the following link:


Scroll down and fill in the required information to receive a product key install Windows Media Center.


Click Send my product key

NOTE: The product key can take between 48 to 72 hours to arrive, mine took about 5 days, so be patient. If you don’t see it, check your Junk Mail folder or contact support at:


Once you have received your product key, follow the instructions to install it. Lets take a quick look at how to do it:

Press Windows key + X

Click System


Under Windows edition, click the link Get more features with a new edition of Windows


Click the link I already have a product key


Enter your product key and click Next.

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Accept the license agreement and click Add features to begin the installation.

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Wait while Windows Media Center is installed. Your system will automatically restart.

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Media Center is now installed. You can launch it from the Start Screen.

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Thats it!


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10 responses to “How to get your free Windows Media Center key for Windows 8 Pro

  1. luca salvatore gallina

    thank you for yor answers; i have call italian Microsoft 3 day ago: i waiting a product key again for windows 8 Pro .

  2. Do Quoc Dat

    i have actived win8 pro,but since i added key wmc,i can’t active

    • Try phone activation:
      1. Press Windows key + X then clickRun, then type: slui.exe 4
      2. Next press the ‘ENTER’ key
      3. Select your ‘Country’ from the list.
      4. Choose the ‘Phone Activation’ option.
      5. Stay on the phone (do not select/press any options) and wait for a person to help you with activation.
      6. Explain your problem clearly to the support person.

  3. José Dias Rodrigues Antunes
    this is what my Windows 8 system, show. But i don’t have the option to ‘add features’. Could be for my license is a license in ‘Volume Licensing’? If yes how can i put de Windows media center, if it’s possible.
    thank’s for na answer.

  4. kirra

    I tried entering in my email address (and a few other ones) and keep getting “We couldn’t process your order.” and a link to the Terms & Conditions on the same page after clicking “Send my product key”. I can confirmed that I do have Windows 8 Pro installed. Any suggestions? I will try calling tech support during office hours, but other than that I am stumped.

  5. Ashish

    Dear friend,
    Thank you for your reply.

    Today after six day i got a email containing Windows Media Centre Key. But i still don’t know how i can get my 2nd key for the same.

    Can I use one key in both the pcs (installed windows 8), because whenever i tried to apply for Media Centre in web page, an error msg appears as mentioned in my first thread.

    I expect for guidance again.

    thank you

  6. Tom

    mine keeps telling me : We couldn’t process your order.
    Terms & Conditions

  7. RD

    This is not working. I can’t get anyone on the phone. Just a recording. I’m always getting a “We couldn’t process your order” message!

    This is the 3rd PC I’m upgrading to Win 8. On the other 2 everything went fine, except on this one.

  8. Mr Leslie Wood

    I had windows media centre for windows 8 pro and had a product key and it was activated. It has now disappeared and I can’t find the product key

  9. Heya i’m for the primary time here. I found this board and I in finding It really useful & it helped me out a lot. I’m hoping to offer one thing back and help others such as you aided me.

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