Free Windows Media Center offer ending today, be sure to upgrade now

Microsoft is wrapping up its limited special offer on Windows 8 upgrades for consumers today. As well as this, the free offer on Windows Media Center ( for Windows 8 Pro is also coming to an end. The company has offered free product keys for those with Windows Pro to add Media Center and enjoy functionality not offered in a vanilla Windows installation.

We previously looked at the free upgrade back when Windows 8 launched, but if you're not familiar with the product what can Media Center do for you? Microsoft created the product for use with TV tuners to record shows and other media. Not only that, but as well as playing movies, music, viewing photos - basically acting like a giant media player - Media Center also allows you to stream content to your Xbox 360. 

But how does one get hold of a product key?

1. All that's required to take full advantage of the offer is a valid email address. Simply populate the supplied field, complete the captcha form and you'll then receive an email with the product key. 

2. With the product key at hand, bring up search using the gestures on the PC you wish to add Media Center to, type in "add features" and hit the Settings filter.

3. After launching the Add features to Windows 8, choose "I already have a product key" and enter in the product key you received in the email.

The PC will then reboot and Windows Media Center should be installed and ready to go. It's a great offer for consumers to take advantage of. You can head on over to Microsoft's website to get your free Windows Media Center upgrade product key before the day ends. Be sure to check out the terms and conditions for more information on the free offer.

It's also worth mentioning that not only is today the last day you can apply for the offer, but also the deadline to utilise it, so make sure you're activating that key as soon as you get the e-mail folks!

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.