A bit of a how-to this week. As you may know, Windows 8 won’t come with Media Center, or DVD playback at all (not even in Media Player). In the final release of Windows 8, if you have Windows 8 Pro, you can buy Media Center (and that will have Media playback).
But where does that leave the Release Preview, available now? Media Center (and DVD playback) is not included, though it can be accessed for free. To get it (you need to be running the RP for this!):
- Go to the Start screen, and type ”add features”
- Go to the Settings mode in the sidebar of the results
- Click “add features to Windows 8″
- Confirm any UAC prompts
- Click “I already have a product key”
- Copy and paste:
Then follow the rest of the wizard, and boom, you have Media Center (and DVD playback there, but NOT in Media Player). Enjoy, because come October you’ll have to pay for it!