For those of you who don’t know, Microsoft announced a while back that the Windows Media Center will no longer be included for free in the standard version of Windows 8. Instead, users will have to purchase and upgrade to Windows 8 Professional to get the feature.

The Media Center is used by many people as a way of using their PC to watch and record TV, as well as to share music and pictures around their home. However, if you’re running the release preview of Windows 8 there is still a way to get it back.

Getting Back the Windows Media Center

It’s quite an easy and completely legit process to getting back the Media Center in Windows 8. Microsoft has even outlined the steps on how to do it themselves over at their FAQ section. The first thing you’ll have to do is go and search for “add features”.

Add Features

Once you’ve opened up the add features menu you will be asked whether or not you have a product key. Select that you already have a product key. The one that we are going to be using is MBFBV-W3DP2-2MVKN-PJCQD-KKTF7. You will then be presented with a box to enter your product key.

Product Key

Now that you’ve entered your product key, select next and accept the terms and conditions. Select “Add Features”, this will begin the installation process.

Add Feature 2

From here on it’s just a matter of letting Windows 8 complete the installation process. Your computer will restart during this, mine restarted a total of 2 times when I was installing the media center so be aware. Make sure you save any work that you have open.

Adding Features

Once you’re computer has successfully installed the media center, you’ll be presented with the following confirmation


Now if you go to your Start screen you’ll see that the Windows Media Center has been added.

Windows Media Center

And that’s it, it’s quite easy to get back the Windows Media Center in the release preview of Windows 8. However enjoy it while you can, Microsoft has made it clear that the Media Center will not be part of the final build of Windows 8.

As I mentioned earlier you will have to upgrade your edition of Windows 8 in order to install the feature. This guide will only work for the release preview of Windows 8.