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Win 8 Pro Media Center installation problems

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Has anyone successfully managed to install the Media Center add on to Windows 8 Pro? Mine has taken over an hour after putting in the product key, & it's still stuck on "Adding features, this might take a while depending on your PC and whether it needs any updates. Your PC will start at least once."

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RE: Win 8 Pro Media Center installation problems

Yeah mine installed in about 15 mins,with no issues, must say though I have got fed up of the bugginess of win 8, the previews seemed to run ok on my laptop,but the retail upgrade seems buggy (strange) , did both an upgrade then a clean install & the system has a lot of lag & flash video streams poor.

So I went back to win7 last night,might have another go in a few months when some fixes & better drivers come along doh!

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RE: Win 8 Pro Media Center installation problems

I had to restart my laptop manually to complete installation. I haven't tried any media on my laptop yet. YouTube played fine. Can you link any flash videos which you had problems playing? I'll try on mine.

It merged the unnamed contacts in a weird way; had to delink it. There have been minor bugs, like suddenly going to home screen when I'm in contacts. Yet to encounter anything major (I thought installing the media player will be a massive headache, but thankfully got sorted).

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RE: Win 8 Pro Media Center installation problems

Nice One Bigboss,glad you got it sorted Smile

I struggled to play any flash video from, youtube,iplayer,4OD the other night,using lastest graphics drivers for intel hd, lastest flash player & java.

tried the same on my little Acer Revo (win 7) & all was fine ,windows 8 does seem like it don't like my laptop which is odd as is fairly new.

i3 2.1Ghz

4 gig ram

i also noticed battery life was cut in half too,not a major issue but not what you expect when Microsoft touted that you can expect better battery performance.

Like i said I have bought it so i won't give up, I'll give it a few months & hopefully better hadware support will be there,next time though it will go on a seperate partition to save the headache Smile

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RE: Win 8 Pro Media Center installation problems

Hi

I had the same issue. I opened a PDF file and Windows 8 blew up. None of the recovery methods worked, and restore points didn't work. Luckily I have Server 2012 Essentials up and client backups running. I was able to bare-metal restore back to where I was the night before in about 35 min.

Thankx

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