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Windows 8 with a Free Side of Media Center

Microsoft is making an offer I'm sure many can refuse. For a limited time only, if you buy the expensive version of Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro (as opposed to that amateur-hour release), you can get for free what came in XP, Vista and Windows 7 for free: Windows Media Center.

That's right, you lucky dog, just pay your money by Jan. 31 and you too could be enjoying DVD playback, make a slide show, copy a CD and other state-of-the-art things. Things my two-year old Dell already does just fine.

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Posted by Doug Barney on 12/17/2012 at 1:19 PM

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Reader Comments:

Mon, Dec 17, 2012 Simon The Dales

The only good thing that has come out of a free Media Centre product key for Windows 8 Pro is that it exposed my license - installed by a 'Microsoft engineer' no less - as a hackjob. It seems unscrupulous folk are using a fake KMS license (good for 180 days) and then using a free product key to try and fool technologies and beat the activation (which Microsoft are now wise to). I was instructed to speak to Microsoft themselves and 'shop' this dodgepot as apparently they hand out free product keys for doing so, and after an hour of being passed pillar-to-post on a high-toll phone number they told me what I already knew - my Windows 8 Pro was on the wonk - and that I should reinstall XP or 7 and upgrade to 8 from there. I dread to look at my next phonebill. I get the feeling I may as well have bought a W8P license outright... Which I'm now not going to...

Mon, Dec 17, 2012 Neil

Doug, I just don't understand why you hate microsoft so much? All your articles are just one hate fest after another against microsoft. we know you already love apple. Just rename your magazine to cupertino, and be done with us. Your rag (which gets smaller each issue) has ceased to be relevant to the millions of users who actually enjoy Windows and other excellent Microsoft products.

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