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Windows 8 Thread, No Media Center for VL Win 8 Pro in Technical; Just discovered this, you can't install Windows Media Centre on a Volume version of Windows 8. Incredibly irritating... "Add features" ...
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    No Media Center for VL Win 8 Pro

    Just discovered this, you can't install Windows Media Centre on a Volume version of Windows 8.
    Incredibly irritating...

    "Add features" option is unavailable in volume license versions of Windows 8
    Last edited by sparkeh; 4th February 2013 at 01:51 PM.

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    yup its pro only for some insane reason

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    yup its pro only for some insane reason
    Sorry I meant if you use a Volume version of Windows 8 Pro you can't install WMC.
    Its Retail Versions only
    Last edited by sparkeh; 4th February 2013 at 01:51 PM.

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    Would be your volume one is the "N" version? I'm pretty sure the VLK we had included media player...

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    MEdia player yes - media centre, no. That's a bugger, I hadn't gotten around to setting up my TV card at home yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    MEdia player yes - media centre, no. That's a bugger, I hadn't gotten around to setting up my TV card at home yet.
    If you have a non-VLK version of Pro at home, you can still get Media Center (may even still be free - I'd have to check).

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeMarchand View Post
    If you have a non-VLK version of Pro at home, you can still get Media Center (may even still be free - I'd have to check).
    If it's not still free I registered for a few so may be able to provide one or two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeMarchand View Post
    If you have a non-VLK version of Pro at home, you can still get Media Center (may even still be free - I'd have to check).
    it was free for a bit and my laptop runs it and had a 2nd code that timed out on feb 1st but now you have to pay i believe

    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    If it's not still free I registered for a few so may be able to provide one or two.
    i got emails about the ones i had basically use by 31st jan or lose them

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    Yeah codes were free until 31st of Jan, if you didn't use 'em, you lose 'em.

    Its these little gotchas that really annoy me about MS.

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    Yeah, I had loads of free codes, but they wouldn't work on the VLK or TechNet versions.

    From the screenshots and YouTube videos I've seen, you're not really missing much! :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkeh View Post
    you can't install Windows Media Centre on a Volume version of Windows 8.
    Most businesses wouldn't use Media Centre, so it does make sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Most businesses wouldn't use Media Centre, so it does make sense.
    Um... but some businesses/educational institutions do use it.
    Its an artificial cripple to the W8 Pro VL that seems rather pointless.
    So, no, it doesn't really make sense.

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    We do - media streaming server, stuff recorded off telly etc rather relies on it. 7 it is for that.

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    Isn't Media Center only available on W8 Pro (but not the VLK versions)? Seems a bizarre choice if that's correct.

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    Time to get XBMC on the DL?

    XBMC



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