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windows 8 add features not found

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  • To install Windows media center I need a product key and to add the feature.  Finally I've got the key but the search for "add feature" only brings up "Turn windows features on or off". Is there another step that I'm missing?
    Saturday, October 27, 2012 10:29 AM

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  • Experiencing the same thing here, have installed Win 8 Pro, activated it, and checked under Computer Properties, i'm assuming 64-bit isn't an issue
    Saturday, October 27, 2012 3:28 PM
  • Right click in bottom left corner of Desktop on Start icon, select System.  The hyperlink to putting in the key is near the top of the page under Windows System.
    • Proposed as answer by RTagle Friday, January 25, 2013 8:07 PM
    Monday, October 29, 2012 9:03 AM
  • Adding to Tony's reply.

    Right click in bottom left corner of Desktop on Start icon, select System frfom the context menu.

    In the new Window, under the Windows Activation [right side -bottom area], you will get the link for entering the product key.

    If it is activated already, you will get the link "View details in Windows Activation" . Select the same, you will get the button "Add features to your edition".


    Assistant Consultant

    Monday, October 29, 2012 11:46 AM
  • I too have the same issue as I used the key from MSDN's VLK.  I have tried all the above options, still no luck, I could not find that option any where.  Initially, I did not get any option to enter the activation the key either, I had to go into command prompt and use slmgr -ipk <key> to activate it.  I am not sure it is due to activation key being VLK.

    Another thing that I should try today is, download the .iso file from Microsoft Download.  Yesterday I have downloaded it from Subscriber downloads page on MSDN. I will post back, if I get any success of seeing 'Add Features' option to add WMC.

    Monday, October 29, 2012 5:01 PM
  • I am too experiencing this issue. I have typed 'add features' in Settings but I don't see any option to add a feature.

    However, I have definitely seen this option before because I remember being asked by some window to enter my Product key to add features.

    EH.

    P.S.: Regarding activation. If you are using Enterprise edition downloaded by your Software Assurance program, the ISO image you are downloading is pre-pidded and already has a MAK key embedded into ISO media. That is, once installed, Windows 8 Enterprise Edition automatically starts seeking for available MAK activation server in your network area. However, this requires your IT specialists to roll out Windows 8/Windows Server 2012 MAK activation server because Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 are using new activation that is not supported by MAK activation server software used to activate volume license kits in Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2. Because it's no surprise that your IT did not do that yet, Windows cannot find any activation server. That requires you to enter key that you get from your MSDN subscriber page.

    That's how I understand the issue with the need to use slmgr -ipk <key> and then run slmgr -ato or slui 3 to activate Windows using entered product key.

    P.P.S.: As for adding features, that's the whole mystery. I've removed all installed KB patches that I've installed so far, but I can't get the add features option back... ;)

    Yes, that's exactly where I've seen the feature before: "If it is activated already, you will get the link "View details in Windows Activation" . Select the same, you will get the button "Add features to your edition". Right! But now that this link has disappeared!


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    Monday, October 29, 2012 10:01 PM
  • Go to control panel,

     Hit "add features to Windows 8"

     WORKS FINE

    Tuesday, October 30, 2012 9:25 PM
  • Not available. As per Ronnie Vernon, this feature disappears after the first use. If on the first use you did not get any features added, the option to add features still disappears...

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    Tuesday, October 30, 2012 10:10 PM
  • I have the same problem. Any luck with finding a workaround?
    Tuesday, October 30, 2012 11:24 PM
  • Gentlemen, let's specify who of us has what edition of Windows. Looks like Enterprise version has a defect. The option could be available for some time and then it may disappear, most likely because it shouldn't have been available initially.

    Does any of you not seeing Add features option have PRO version installed or all of us we have Enterprise version?


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    Tuesday, October 30, 2012 11:32 PM
  • I can confirm I am using the Enterprise version downloaded from MSDN.
    Wednesday, October 31, 2012 12:15 AM
  • Hi,

    Windows Media Center is not available in Windows 8 Enterprise. You can refer to this post.

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/W8ITProPreRel/thread/20f852ea-72bb-4a8d-80f5-af729de87221/


    Niki Han

    TechNet Community Support

    Wednesday, October 31, 2012 4:52 AM
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  • Hi Niki,

    The question is why the option to Add features is present after setup and then it disappears? The question is mostly not why you can't add Windows Media Center Pack but rather why the option to Add features disappears all of a sudden. Sounds a defect, what do you think?

    Moreover, everywhere on the internet you can read that Windows 8 Enterprise is a superset of Windows 8 Pro, that is it includes everything provided by Windows 8 Pro plus some more. And then we see it still has at list one shortcoming --- you can't add Media Center features. I agree that playing DVDs isn't what you expect to be a feature used in the enterprise widely but still who'd bet you won't need to play DVD presentation or something?..


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    Wednesday, October 31, 2012 9:00 PM
  • I'm having exactly the same issue.

    1. When I search Add Features I only get one search result - 'Turn Windows Features on or off'
    2. If I open system and click 'View Details in Windows Activation' I have 2 links. 'Buy Windows for another computer' and Read the Microsoft Software Licence Terms' but no option up add features.


    I have screenshots but i cant post them because I have just created this account and its not yet verified.

    

    Thursday, November 01, 2012 11:28 AM
  • I have this as well and I have Windows 8 Pro not Enterprise.
    Friday, November 02, 2012 1:30 AM
  • Has anybody tried contacting Microsoft support regarding this issue? Unfortunately, it looks like this topic does not attract interest of MSFT representatives over at Microsoft forums.

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    Friday, November 02, 2012 9:43 AM
  • We aren't talking about consumer-oriented components, the thread speaks of the Add features options that is available in Enterprise version by default right after setup and then it disappears after having used once. )

    By the way, where's that article over windows.com you are talking about?

    Thank you, VF.


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    Friday, November 02, 2012 12:00 PM
  • Thanks, but it doesn't contain information about the discussed topic. (

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    Friday, November 02, 2012 12:09 PM
  • Please see the screenshot in one of the posts above. As you see, this window does NOT contain links to add features. However, this exact window DID contain the link right after I activated my Windows.


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    Friday, November 02, 2012 12:13 PM
  • Could you please do a screenshot of this and post it here so that other at least could know where to search the link for?

    Thank you.


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    Friday, November 02, 2012 1:22 PM
  • C'mon, Sir, are you serious? I am not talking about typing 'control', I am talking about where do you see the link you are talking about.

    I don't see any links in Control panel window referring to adding features.

    Could you please post the screenshot for us to close this thread. I am sorry to say but we're getting close to starting useless talking...

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    Friday, November 02, 2012 1:54 PM
  • I'm having the same issue.  Windows 8 Pro downloaded from the MSDN. (Pretty sure it isn't the Enterprise version)

    Mine also had a key pre-installed and I had to use the command line to change the product key so I could activate.

    Screenshot attached for Vegan Fanatic.

    Sorry, couldn't figure out how to resize it. >_<  This is the issue.  No where is "Add Feature" available.  I've followed every "guide" possible using the Search tool, Control Panel, and even a command line.  Nothing works.

    Saturday, November 03, 2012 2:13 AM
  • I have this problem as well.  I can't manage to find the add features, while i'm running an activated Windows 8 Pro laptop..


    Here's my screenshot. i45.tinypic.com/35ndjps.png

    Saturday, November 03, 2012 9:26 AM
  • @Jgaither

    You can't resize Modern Start. I've used simple mspaint to crop the original screenshot.

    Uh, that add features option is a mysterious beast, everybody knows it but nobody has ever seen, and even those who claim they have seen, they can't post a screenshot...


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    Saturday, November 03, 2012 10:23 AM
  • @Jgaither

    You can't resize Modern Start. I've used simple mspaint to crop the original screenshot.

    Uh, that add features option is a mysterious beast, everybody knows it but nobody has ever seen, and even those who claim they have seen, they can't post a screenshot...


    Well this is the world we live in And these are the hands we're given...

    I've seen it once!  A friend of mine upgraded from a Retail disc copy that he purchased and his Add Features is there.

    Same with another friend that purchased the download from the MS site.  It's seems to only be those of us who used MSDN versions.  Weird that it matters, though.

    Sunday, November 04, 2012 10:59 PM
  • Hi,

    Could you please refer to following screenshot to add the feature?

    Thanks.

    Kevin Ni


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    Tuesday, November 06, 2012 7:05 AM
  • Hi, Kevin,

    Thank you for your response. However, is there any difference in how one starts the Turn Windows features on or off dialog? We are talking about adding new features to your Windows 8 edition, option available within the Windows Activation window where you have to enter your product key. The Turn Windows features on or off option only allows for adding features that are shipped with installed distribution/edition of Windows, isnt' it?

    Thank you.


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    Tuesday, November 06, 2012 12:35 PM
  • If only that was correct...


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    Tuesday, November 06, 2012 12:46 PM
  • The "Add features to Windows 8" link.

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    Tuesday, November 06, 2012 12:58 PM
  • Here is the detailed review of adding features to Windows 8. I wouldn't have talked about this if I didn't see the following window with my own eyes:


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    Tuesday, November 06, 2012 1:00 PM
  • Sorry, but what do you mean by saying "install your key"? If only we had this option, I am 100 percent sure all of would do that. In my case, I've seen this window once but I can't get to this window anymore after I closed this Window back then. That's it; the way to open this window disappeared all of a sudden.

    I have seen this window:

    But after I closed it back in September, I can't get to it anymore because the following link is not provided any longer:

    As Paul Thurrott wrote on his site, "Add Features to Windows 8 can be accessed through the System Properties window, as revealed by MyFiles.com, or via Start Search". And its maybe I've seen this link in System Properties, and not in the Windows Activation window.

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    Tuesday, November 06, 2012 1:14 PM
  • That's what I've read from the similar thread:  

    "I got hold of a copy of the Win 8 Pro RETAIL iso from TechNet and reinstalled windows with my same VL key.  Add features appeared, I now have WMC"

    So maybe that's a solution for those using Volume License of Windows 8 PRO. Get the retail setup ISO media for Windows 8 PRO and use your Volume License key supplied with Windows 9 PRO VL media ISO. 

    You may also try this command to start the Add Features wizard, but this doesn't seem to work on Windows 8 Enterprise or Windows 8 PRO VL flavors:

    control /name Microsoft.WindowsAnytimeUpgrade


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    Tuesday, November 06, 2012 1:41 PM
  • I had the same issue with ‘add features’ missing from my Windows 8 Pro installation from MSDN media (en_windows_8_pro_vl_x64_dvd_917699.iso).

    On a running Windows 8 Pro installation I started the setup again of Windows 8 Pro from TechNet media (SW_DVD5_NTRL_Win8_64BIT_English_Win_Pro_X18-15875.IMG). By doing this, I was able to save my settings, data and applications (always make backups!). I used the key from MSDN and after the installation I had ‘add features’ available (in Control Panel and System). Following the regular steps, I was now able to add Media Center to Windows 8 Pro.

    Small warning: adding Media Center takes some time and it will brutally reboot your PC.

    • Proposed as answer by Exotic Hadron Wednesday, November 14, 2012 9:53 AM
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 6:06 PM
  • Hi,

    it seems so me that the option to "Add features to Windows 8" is available only until used. So, if you add for example Media Center (free till end of 2012) it disappears. Also, if you perform in-place upgrade from Win7 (which contains Media Center) the option is never available.

    Please share your experiance, I might be wrong :)

    MP


    Sunday, November 18, 2012 9:41 AM
  • Hi, Miroslav,

    Yep, as I noted before, "If on the first use you did not get any features added, the option to add features still disappears..."

    That is, the clause "if you add for example Media Center (free till end of 2012) it disappears" can be made more strict if we say that "if you attempt to add any feature, the Add feature hyperlink disappears upon completion no matter was the operation successful or not!"

    Even more to that, this behavior can also be observed on Windows 8 Enterprise edition what is quite strange as it's not supposed to be available on this edition of Windows 8.

    Until now there's been no comment from Microsoft on that. Possibly that was a defect on a RTM version which is now fixed with hotfixes?


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    Monday, November 19, 2012 9:59 AM
  • Anything and everything can be searched from Search Apps option, if the app is not found on the local computer, select the "Store" and you should get one.


    Best Regards, Jawad Qazi http://about.me/jawad.qazi

    Monday, November 19, 2012 1:25 PM
  • Yes, everyting and anything should be found through the search feature. Since it can't be found, it is probably no longer on the machine. I'll fire up some VM's to reproduce this and monitor the filesystem while doing it later this week. Seriously, this should be fixed.

    Kind regards, Vincent

    Sunday, December 02, 2012 9:25 PM
  • Ok the answer is right here:

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w8itproinstall/thread/da8b1554-af4a-467b-a93b-0d18f079f19c/

    In short: if you have volume license media, you're out of luck.


    Kind regards, Vincent

    Monday, December 03, 2012 8:44 PM
  • you can add Media CENTER  to Windows 8 Enterprise just point your pointer to upper left corner then click PC INFO then click get features link

    then click already have  key. NOW ENTER MEDIA CENTER KEY YOU HAVE IT WILL WORK 

    • Proposed as answer by keeith Wednesday, December 19, 2012 4:17 PM
    Wednesday, December 19, 2012 4:05 PM
  • Hi keeith,

    Thank you for your response.

    Could you please specify to what "upper left corner" of what window/dialog box I have to point?

    Could you please make a screenshot?

    Thank you.


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    Thursday, December 20, 2012 11:03 AM
  • MS created a KB article about this issue:

    "Add features" option is unavailable in volume license versions of Windows 8

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2793650/en-us


    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    Friday, December 21, 2012 4:24 PM
  • So I think we may have to push Microsoft a little harder - Seems they are wrong about the 3 versions - there are Pro and Pro VL and enterprise VL - As the 2 are different Pro versions - they need to be identified...  total of 5 version by my count.

    Any one reading this live in Cali?  I think they have the strongest laws, and can be used to sue MS on this issue.  It's false advertising to say they are the same version, and that all the 'features' are the same.  All you have to do is report it to consumer protection.

    the cost argument does not work as it's supposed to be a paid upgrade...  What does it matter what version I upgrade?

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013 7:04 AM
  • I'm not running a volume licence version of Windows (have run Slmgr.vbs /dli in a command prompt to confirm). I can also confirm that the option to add features disappears after first use. Not there, no option.

    As for resolution, none yet!

    Saturday, January 26, 2013 9:51 AM
  • I am not running a VL Version neather but a MSDN Partner Version on our corporate mediacenter which I upgraded to german Win8 Pro 32bit today.

    I did not have the "add Windows Feature" available at any time!

    Slmgr.vbs /dli

    Returns:

    Name: Windows(R), Professional edition

    Beschreibung: Windows(R) Operating System, RETAIL channel

    Teil-Product Key: B949V

    Lizenzstatus: Lizenziert

    Upgraded another familymembers Computer with Win8 Pro and Media Center yesterday just fine, so I know how that feature Looks and works if I'd got it here.


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    Sunday, January 27, 2013 4:27 PM
  • Same thing here, Oliver. For some reason, it's present on some PCs where it's not present on others having the same Windows 8 edition; for some it disappears after using this feature once, no matter successfully or not.

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    Sunday, January 27, 2013 11:45 PM
  • I have W/8 Pro upgrade, and received the key and installed the free (thru 1-31) Media Center (which you may need to legally play DVDs, and which i think should come with the system), and now the "Add Features" is no longer visible. And looking in   C:\Windows\System32 (where can find lots of neat apps and .cpl modules, and (I use AutoHotKey to launch things, I found WindowsAnytimeUpgradeResults.exe, and executing that results in, "Thanks, you're all done and your PC is ready to go."

    That's all she wrote.

    Also, wuapp.exe is around there, which launches Windows update (in case anyone wants to make a shortcut), but now I had better get out of that folder before I launch the secret Windows self destruct executable:)


    • Edited by PBY777 Monday, January 28, 2013 3:35 AM
    Monday, January 28, 2013 3:31 AM
  • I've run into the same thing. I bought a new computer with Windows 8 on it. I then purchased the Pro Pack and upgraded it. So my Windows 8 Pro is the retail version, not a volume license. I even verified that via cmd: Slmgr.vbs /dli

    My add features ability is completely gone, so I cannot upgrade my Media Center.

    Monday, January 28, 2013 5:34 AM
  • ...and MS only allows the free key to be activated by 31.01.2013.

    Got2love it! :(


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    Monday, January 28, 2013 10:08 AM
  • You mean you cannot upgrade to Media Center? I thought the Pro  Pack included that. What more of an upgrade would there be?

    More info from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_8

    ....several notable features have been removed in Windows 8. Support for playing DVDs has been removed from Windows Media Player due to the cost of licensing the necessary decoders (especially for devices which do not include optical disc drives at all) and the prevalence of streaming services such as Netflix. For the same reasons, Windows Media Center will no longer be included by default on Windows 8 as well, but the software (which also includes support for DVD playback) can be added back through the paid "Pro Pack" (for the base version of Windows 8, which also upgrades the system to Windows 8 Pro) or "Media Center Pack" (for Windows 8 Pro) add-ons.

    Monday, January 28, 2013 1:54 PM
  • Starting friday you'll lose the generous offer to get Media Center for free on some installations because of error in Windows 8 which hides "add features" option. And I wonder if paid Pro Pack won't install or not because of the same problem.

    MP


    Monday, January 28, 2013 2:56 PM
  • not exactly, if you have the free WMC Feature Pack key, you must activate it
    before 1/31. the add features will still be there, but you will need to buy a
    paid key.
     
    As for Pro Pack:
     
     
    " Offer valid from October 26, 2012, until January 31, 2013, and is limited to
    five licenses per customer per promotion. To install Windows 8 Pro Pack, you
    must be running Windows 8." seems to indicate that the price will change for the
    Pro Pack but if you buy it now, you MAY be able to install until 2015 (like the full W8 Pro upgrade)

    http://winsupersite.com/windows-8/windows-8-tip-buy-electronic-upgrade-now-install-it-later

    there just isn't anything official on the Pro Pack upgrade.

     
     
    On Mon, 28 Jan 2013 14:56:43 +0000, Miroslav Prágl [MVP] wrote:
     
    >
    >
    >Starting friday you'll lose the generous offer to get Media Center for free on some installations because of error in Windows 8 which hides "add features" option. And I wonder if paid Pro Pack won't install or not because of the same problem.
    >
    >MP
     

    Barb Bowman

    http://www.digitalmediaphile.com


    Monday, January 28, 2013 3:10 PM
  • Miroslav,

    not exactly, if you have the free WMC Feature Pack key, you must activate it
    before 1/31. the add features will still be there, but you will need to buy a
    paid key.

    there is no error that hides "add features". that function is removed AFTER you enter/activate the WMC feature pack key (and is only available on W8 PRO, and not on W8 or VL, or N, etc.)


    Barb Bowman

    http://www.digitalmediaphile.com

    Monday, January 28, 2013 3:15 PM
  • Barb,
    I wish you were righ and me, Oliver and many others id**** wrong

    Miroslav

    P.S. check my post from Nov 18, 2012 9:41 AM - I said what you said plus one more possible reason

    Monday, January 28, 2013 3:32 PM
  • Miroslav,

    not exactly, if you have the free WMC Feature Pack key, you must activate it
    before 1/31. the add features will still be there, but you will need to buy a
    paid key.

    there is no error that hides "add features". that function is removed AFTER you enter/activate the WMC feature pack key (and is only available on W8 PRO, and not on W8 or VL, or N, etc.)


    Barb Bowman

    http://www.digitalmediaphile.com

    Hi Barb,

    The problem is that the key will go walkies by that time. And on top of that, it looks like the function is removed after its FIRST USE, no matter did choose you install the pack or not.


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    Monday, January 28, 2013 4:43 PM
  • Hi Oliver,

    make a complete system backup and use the DISM command to upgrade the Edition:

    dism /online /set-edition:ProfessionalWMC /ProductKey:XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX

    (use your given WMC key)

    Now reboot and look if this upgrades the Edition to Media Center.

    If this doesn't work, restore the image to your old state.


    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013 6:02 AM
  • That does not work, just tried it.

    It says something that settign an Edition not supported with the online Switch.


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    Thursday, January 31, 2013 9:22 AM
  • TW: I called the german MSDN Support and they confirmed to me in Case ID 9000983113 that the upgrade to ProwithWMC is indead a valid Option for the MSDN Retail media and that I shall open a Case with Windows technical Support with that Information.

    So if anyone of you also wants to open a Case today and is using Win8pro from MSDN (MVP or Partner Licenses for example) on this feel free to co-use that Case ID to convince them that it should work with MSDN media!


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    Thursday, January 31, 2013 9:25 AM
  • Well, hopefully this will be of use to someone. I had to re-install Win 8 pro after my hard disk decided that it wasn't playing any more and I did indeed have the option to run the "Add Features to Windows" again. As I was aware of this issue I checked out where the executables were (ran the update option and tracked down from the process list) and it turns out they live in windows/system32. There were 2 I backed up:

    WindowsAnytimeUpgradeUi.exe

    WindowsAnytimeUpgrade.exe

    Sure enough, after running the update, both were magically missing from the system32 folder.

    So, did MS put these here so that Media Centre and only Media Centre could be installed? It seems a bit stupid to prevent users upgrading windows at all after a single update. In any case, I have the backups so I'm going to give them a run and see what it does. I appreciate it's a bit late for most of the posters on this thread but backing up would be my suggestion. That said, I have no idea what support files also got deleted so I half expect the exe-s to fail anyway...

    Weird stuff.

    Thursday, January 31, 2013 10:10 AM
  • Running the program again didn't work, it seemed rather unhappy. Just displayed an image of a red 'X' and a button with no text.
    Thursday, January 31, 2013 10:42 AM
  • that is what we (WECH MVPs) believe. we think that if at some future time MS
    decides to offer more features to add, the enabler will come via Windows Update
    first.
     
    On Thu, 31 Jan 2013 10:10:11 +0000, Maxx20 wrote:
     
    >So, did MS put these here so that Media Centre and only Media Centre could be installed?
     

    Barb Bowman

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    Thursday, January 31, 2013 11:24 AM
  • Go to Search and type Activate. There will be Activate Windows in Settings. Open it and Click Add components to your edition. There you can buy or enter key that you bought.
    Friday, August 16, 2013 10:45 PM
  • this is missing in the VL editions ;)

    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    Saturday, August 17, 2013 7:31 AM
  • I had a hell of a time with this never could figure how to find or get the add features to come up but I was able to right click on the bottom left corner at the desktop screen then click run then typed cmd then hit enter then typed the following into the black command screen C:\Windows\System32\WindowsAnytimeUpgradeui.exe and was able to finally upgrade. Hope this helps! 


    • Edited by pr0w1er Friday, September 06, 2013 5:12 PM
    Friday, September 06, 2013 5:12 PM
  • Maxx20, I smell gold.  You are so close.  What you should have done is install systracer and take a snapshot before and after the update to see all registry/file changes the update made.  Lols, your probably just missing a few files.

    To all those unable to figure out why they cannot see the option

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_8_editions

    All versions of Windows 8, save RT, have Windows Media Player.

    However, only Windows 8 Pro offers the Media Center addon. 

    Furthermore, Windows 8 Pro VL, Windows 8 Pro KN and Windows 8 Pro N do not have the addon

    Therefore, ***Only*** Windows 8 Pro Retail has the addon

    To see if you have this version of windows, open cmd.exe and type

    slmgr.vbs /dli

    The first two lines must be:

    Name: Windows(R), Professional edition

    Description: Windows(R) Operating System, RETAIL channel

                                                                        , NOT !!! VOLUME_KMSCLIENT channel

    It's possible the activator you used used a VL licensed key for XP Pro.

    If this occurred, the option will disappear.

    Try activating with a RETAIL key instead, and maybe the option will come back.

    Otherwise, try to expand on what maxx20 did.

    Monday, September 09, 2013 8:29 PM
  • http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/confirmation.aspx?id=30685  Try here and see if this helps

    Sunday, February 02, 2014 2:20 AM
  • http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/confirmation.aspx?id=30685  Try here 

    Sunday, February 02, 2014 2:20 AM
  • http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/confirmation.aspx?id=30685
    Sunday, February 02, 2014 2:23 AM