2. Once you’ve received the e-mail with the key, press Windows-W (i.e. hold down the Windows key and tap W) to bring up the Settings menu, then type add features.
3. Tap or click Add features to Windows 8, then tap/click I already have a product key.
4. Type or paste in your product key, click Next, read every last word of the licensing agreement (kidding!), and then click Add features.
Presto! You’ve got Windows Media Center—after a reboot, of course. Some things never change.
This offer is good through January 31, 2013, so you’ve got time. However, if you don’t have the Pro version of Windows 8 and you want WMC, you’ll need to pony up $69.99 to get the Windows 8 Pro Pack. Something to think about as you ponder your OS upgrade plans.
For more than 20 years, Rick Broida has written about all manner of technology, from Amigas to business servers to PalmPilots. His credits include dozens of books, blogs, and magazines. He sleeps with an iPad under his pillow.