GIT – To Media Center in 8, just press the [] key, type Add features, select Settings, and click Add features to Windows 8, as illustrated in Figure A. When you do, you’ll have to work through the UAC that appears.

Figure A

Accessing Add features to Windows 8 from the Start screen is easy.

You’ll then see the first screen in the Add features to Windows 8 wizard, as shown in Figure B, which asks you whether you need to purchase a product key or you already have one. In the case of the Release Preview, Microsoft has provided the Windows Media Center product key free of charge in the Windows 8 Release Preview FAQ. For your convenience, that product key is shown here:

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Therefore, you can just click I already have a product key.

Figure B

You can just click I already have a product key.

On the next screen, you can then enter the product key, as shown in Figure C, and click Next. On the next screen, you have to accept the license terms, as shown in Figure D, and then click Add Features.

Figure C

Enter the Windows Media Center product key and click Next.

Figure D

You have to accept the license terms to continue.

The installation

In a moment, you’ll see a progress bar in the Add features to Windows 8 wizard screen, as shown in Figure E. At this point, you can sit back for a few minutes while the download, installation, and system restart occur.

Figure E

You can sit back for a few minutes while the installation occurs.

After the restart, you’ll see that Windows Media Center appears as a tile on the main part of Windows 8’s Start screen, as shown in Figure F.

Figure F

Windows Media Center appears on the Windows 8 Start screen.

When you return to the Desktop, you’ll see the last screen in the Windows Media Center installation wizard is waiting for you to click Close, as shown in Figure G.

Figure G

Click Close to complete the Windows Media Center installation wizard.

When you launch Windows Media Center in Windows 8, as shown in Figure H, you’ll find that it looks, feels, and works exactly like in Windows 7. I connected it to my Pictures and libraries and even installed Netflix and watched an episode of Psych. It works perfectly.

Figure H

Windows Media Center in Windows 8 – very familiar.
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