Trouble BSOD Kernel Dump Analyst, Contributor Joined May 1, 2012 Posts 178 Location N.W. Indiana Jan 25, 2013 #1 Just receive an email reminder from microsoft.... actually three email reminders, one for each media center key. This is a reminder that you must activate your free Windows 8 Media Center Pack product key** by January 31, 2013: YG77J-*****-9HVJN-*****-WHRFQ Follow these steps to add Windows 8 Media Center Pack to your PC running Windows 8 Pro: Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search. (If you’re using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, and then click Search). Enter add features in the search box, and then tap or click Settings. Tap or click Add features to Windows 8. Then tap or click I already have a product key. Enter the product key, and then click Next. Read the license terms, select the check box to accept the license terms, and then click Add features. Your PC will restart automatically and Windows Media Center will be available for use. Click to expand... So if I'm reading this correctly, the free media center upgrade keys will no longer be useable after the 31st? So if you have to reinstall windows8 after that time, you will no longer be able to include the media center as an added feature? Or perhaps, once it has been activated it behaves like a normal retail key without issues. Another good argument I suppose for system images.