Windows 8 Media Center

Windows 8 Media CenterWindows 8 Media Center

As promised, Microsoft has included a new built-in Windows Media Center in Windows 8. In the Preview versions it's free, but eventually you will have to purchase it as a pack (circa $13).

Windows 8 Media Center Topics


What’s In a Name?

As long as you take the simple approach and search for ‘Media’ you won’t get caught out.  Actually, it amuses me that just typing ‘ME’ is sufficient for this App to appear in the results.  The problem is for we Brits who normally spell this word ‘Centre’ and not ‘Center’.

How to Launch Your Windows 8 Media CenterWindows Media Center

  • At the Metro UI, type ‘Me’.
  • Right-click on Windows Media Center.
  • Look down to the bottom left.
  • Click on ‘Pin to Start’.
  • Press the WinKey and return to the Metro UI
  • Scroll right until you see the new Windows Media Center tile
  • What I do is drag the ‘Media Center’ tile nearer the Start, see below.

Windows Media Center Tile
Windows 8 Media Centre Start

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Windows 8 Media Center Setup

Windows Media Center

Windows 8 Media Center

Media Center is largely unchanged from Windows 7.  The only difference I have noticed so far is a dedicated captions button while I was watching live TV.

Windows Media Player -v- Media Center

Windows Media Player
The player is available free through the Control Panel: 'Turn Windows features on', scroll down to: 'Media features'.

Media Center (For watching TV shows)
While this is free in the Preview versions, and Microsoft have a promotion you can get the Media Center free until January 31st 2013, eventually, people will have to purchase this as a separate product called Media Center Pack.

Summary of Windows 8 Media Center

Windows Media Center in just another App in Windows 8. The main thing is that Microsoft are continuing with it, in much the same way as it performed in Windows 7.  The only difference is that you will have to pay around $13 for the Windows 8 Media Center.

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