1. Geoff Larkin1's Avatar
    When I attempted to install windows 10 on a laptop 64bit it failed. I deleted the download file in reporting events. Still no good. Decided to reinstall Windows 8.1 from usb made by windows. However when I inserted the activation code, from the email from microsoft when I had installed media centre, the message that " that key can only be used to add features to windows. It can't be used to install windows" came up.

    As I also want to install windows 10 my desktop (32bit) which also has media centre installed with windows 8.1 I am nervous about embarking on attempting to .

    Unfortunately as I had not realized that I would need the previous codes from windows 7 and pre windows 8 media centre they have been discarded due to what I believed to be at the time a diligent clean up.
    Last edited by Geoff Larkin1; 07-31-2015 at 11:37 PM. Reason: correct grammatical errors.
    07-31-2015 11:34 PM
  2. dgr_874's Avatar
    Windows media center is not compatible with windows 10. You will lose it if you upgrade your computer it's installed on.
    07-31-2015 11:50 PM
  3. Geoff Larkin1's Avatar
    I am aware that Media Centre wil lnot be present in Windows 10. My issue is will the windows 8.1 media centre activation code work with windows 10? It doesn't work with reinstalling windows 8.1.
    08-01-2015 01:45 AM
  4. Rising Mos's Avatar
    Do an in-place upgrade (not a fresh install). This will preserve the activation. Also, log in to a Microsoft account to have it saved in your profile. Don't use a local account.
    Geoff Larkin1 likes this.
    08-01-2015 02:06 AM
  5. dgr_874's Avatar
    Media center was an add on for windows 8.1. That key will not allow you to activate windows 8.1. You need a separate key for the main OS.
    Geoff Larkin1 likes this.
    08-02-2015 05:25 PM

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