With the release of Windows 8, Microsoft decided to remove the DVD playback and live TV recording features from the default Windows offering. An upgrade pack with these features is available in the Windows Store for $10, but for a limited time early adopters can get this pack for free. If you recently updated your computer to Windows 8 and you’d like to retain Media Center instead of using a third-party program like VLC, then head to Microsoft’s Media Center site.
This site sells the Windows 8 Pro Pack, but it also offers the Media Center update free to current Windows 8 users. All you need to do is enter your email and complete a short CAPTCHA and Microsoft will then mail you a Media Center product key. The website says it could take up to 24 hours for you to receive the mail, so if you don’t get it in your inbox immediately, don’t fret. Enjoy your free upgrade to Windows Media Center!