We’ve heard the news already that Windows Media Center will not be included with a standard installation of Windows 8. No, you’ll need to purchase a separate add-on to get that functionality back. The add-on is called the Windows 8 Media Center Pack.
However, I just identified something extra interesting after taking a look through the new Windows 8 upgrade deal specifics on their Windows 8 discount page.
Take a look at the highlighted text in the FAQ:
Will DVD playback work after upgrading to Windows 8?
For customers who already have third-party playback software, the Windows Upgrade Assistant will help determine if this software is compatible with Windows 8. If your PC is running Windows 7, you will have the option to keep this software during the upgrade to Windows 8. If your PC is running Windows XP or Windows Vista, you will need to reinstall the third-party playback software. Otherwise, you will need to acquire third-party playback software after the upgrade to play DVDs. Alternatively, you can acquire the Windows 8 Media Center Pack after upgrading. This pack includes the ability to play DVDs.
So…does this really mean that you’ll need to purchase the extra pack just to have DVD playback capability on Windows 8 computers?